Georgetown 49

(13-6, 5-3 Big East)

(8) Boston College 64

(18-0, 7-0 Big East)

    7:30 PM ET, January 29, 2005

    Silvio Conte Forum, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

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    GTWN 12 3749
    #8BC 24 4064

    Top Performers

    Georgetown: T. Crawford 12 Pts, 6 Reb, 1 Ast

    Boston College: C. Smith 20 Pts, 8 Reb, 3 Ast, 4 Stl

    No. 8 Eagles improve to 18-0

    BOSTON (AP) -- With less than a minute left and another victory safely in hand, the usually sedate Boston College crowd began shaking the building with a chant of "Undefeated!"

    Only one other school can make the same claim.

    "People are very excited," forward Craig Smith said Saturday night after scoring 20 points to help No. 8 BC beat Georgetown 64-49 and improve to 18-0. "It's a very good vibe. We've never had that here before."

    The Eagles (7-0 Big East) held the Hoyas scoreless for a 15-minute span in the first half to remain one of two unbeaten teams in the nation. Top-ranked Illinois improved to 21-0 with an 89-66 victory over Minnesota earlier Saturday.

    Jared Dudley scored 13 for BC, which needs one more victory to match the 1968-69 team that won 19 straight for the longest winning streak in school history. BC took over first place in the conference thanks to Pittsburgh's victory over Syracuse earlier in the evening.

    "We're just going to have to be mentally prepared every night," BC coach Al Skinner said. "Because now we are at the top of the league."

    Brandon Bowman scored 16 points and Tyler Crawford had 12 points with six rebounds for Georgetown (13-6, 5-3). The Hoyas, who lost for just the third time in 12 games, haven't beaten a top 10 team since 1996; they did beat then-No. 16 Pittsburgh earlier this month.

    But they gave this one away in the first half, when they went scoreless for a span of 15:03 and had just 12 points at the break.

    "The points we did have, we stumbled into them," Georgetown coach John Thompson III said. "They didn't come off our offense. That's a tribute to them."

    BC led by 16 points early in the second half and still held a 36-22 lead with 12:58 to play when Bowman hit a 3-pointer to spark an 8-0 run. After BC went up 40-30, Crawford scored on a layup, Ashanti Cook hit a 3-pointer and then Crawford scored off an offensive rebound to make it a five-point game.

    But BC rolled off a 13-4 run, going 8-for-8 from the line before Louis Hinnant capped it with a 3-pointer at the shot-clock buzzer to make it 55-41 with 2:53 left. The Eagles made 15 consecutive free throws down the stretch.

    "We were more assertive in the second half," Bowman said. "In the first half we were just going through the motions."

    The Hoyas made their first shot of the game -- Cook's 3-pointer 52 seconds in -- and then missed their next 14 over the next 15:03 while committing 12 turnovers in that span. The drought ended when Roy Hibbert made a fourth-chance dunk with 4:05 left in the half.

    They weren't much better from the free throw line, where they went just 1-for-4 in the first half. The 12 first-half points were the second-lowest total in Big East history, with Providence getting just 11 on Jan. 5, 2002, against UConn.

    But BC wasn't much better. The Eagles made just 10 of 24 shots and led 24-12 after one.

    BC guard Steve Hailey missed his fourth consecutive game with an injured right ankle.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 49 64
    FG Made-Attempted 19-49 (.388) 21-47 (.447)
    3P Made-Attempted 4-16 (.250) 1-7 (.143)
    FT Made-Attempted 7-12 (.583) 21-26 (.808)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (0/0) 14 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 3 16

    2004-05 Season

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