PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) -- The fifth-ranked Eagles (24-3, 13-3) clinched the conference regular-season title and earned the No. 1 seed in next week's Big East tournament by beating Rutgers 78-66 on Saturday night behind a 21-point, 11-rebound performance by Jared Dudley. " />
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Rutgers Drops Regular-Season Finale to #5 Boston College 76-66
  • Posted on March 05, 2005 12:00:00 AM
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  • PISCATAWAY, NJ - The fifth-ranked Boston College Eagles (24-3, 13-3) clinched the conference regular-season title and earned the No. 1 seed in next week's BIG EAST tournament by holding off Rutgers 78-66 on Saturday night in front of another capacity crowd of 8,008 at the RAC.

    Boston College was spearheaded by a 21-point, 11-rebound performance by Jared Dudley.

    The Eagles finished tied with Connecticut for the best record, but it won the tiebreaker, having beaten the Huskies 75-70 in January.

    Burly All-BIG EAST candidate Craig Smith had 13 points and 10 rebounds while center Nate Doornekamp had a career-high 13 points. Sean Marshall added 11 points and Jermaine Watson had 10.

    The Eagles, who will be moving to the ACC next season, will face the winner of the Providence-West Virginia game in the second round of the Big East tournament on Thursday night. Eleventh-seeded Rutgers (9-18, 2-14) will face No. 6 Notre Dame in the first round on Wednesday night at 9:00 p.m.

    Senior guard Ricky Shields, who was playing his final home game, poured in 21 points to lead the Scarlet Knights. Sophomore guard Quincy Douby added 18, with 14 coming in the second half.

    Leading 36-29 at the half, Boston College seemed to take command at the start of the second half with a 17-7 run that came mostly in the paint. Dudley had seven points, including a 3-pointer that pushed the lead to 53-36 with 14:06 to play.

    Douby and Shields then found their outside shooting touches and combined to hit four 3-pointers and score 16 points in an 18-7 spurt that got Rutgers within 60-54 with 8:57 to go.

    The Scarlet Knights stayed within six points for a couple minutes, but Dudley hit two shots in the lane and Watson converted a three-point play in a 7-1 spurt that pushed the lead to 71-59 with 4:18 to play.

    The Scarlet Knights never got closer than eight points the rest of the way.

    POSTGAME NOTES

    RU SET TO FACE NOTRE DAME IN BIG EAST TOURNAMENT
    As the 11th seed in the BIG EAST Championship, Rutgers will face sixth-seeded Notre Dame at approximately 9 p.m. on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY. Notre Dame finished the season 9-7 in the BIG EAST and 17-10 overall.

    PACKING THE RAC
    Rutgers finished its 15-game home schedule with the third-highest average attendance in school history. RU’s 2004-05 average of 6,809 was bested by only the 1998-99 season (7,526) and the 1999-2000 season (7,188).

    SEVENTH SELLOUT OF SEASON
    The sellout-crowd of 8,008 vs. Boston College marked the seventh sellout of the season. The seven sellouts are the second-highest in a single season in school history, bested by only the eight sellouts in 2002-03 and 1998-99. It is also the 21st sellout in the four-year Gary Waters era and the 56th in the history of the RAC.

    DOUBY ENTERS POSTSEASON WITH HOT HAND
    Sophomore guard Quincy Douby scored 18 points against Boston College. He has scored at least 18 points in each of his last four games. He is averaging 20.3 points over that span. Douby is also shooting 16-of-35 (.457) from three-point range over his last four games
    Opponent FFGM-FGA 3FGM-FGA PTS
    Ark.-Monitcello 9-15 8-14 26
    West Virginia 7-17 4-8 18
    Notre Dame 5-16 2-7 19
    Boston College 8-15 2-6 18
    TOTALS 26-63 16-35 81

    SCARLET KNIGHTS CONVERT FROM THE LINE
    As a team, Rutgers finished 12-of-15 (.800) from the free-throw line against Boston College, marking the seventh time this season the Scarlet Knights shot 80 percent or better from the free-throw line. Below are the seven different times RU shot 80 percent or better from the foul line.
    Date Opponent FTM-FTA PCT.
    11/22 Charlotte 13-14 .929
    12/31 Air Force 11-13 .846
    1/24 Syracuse 25-27 .926
    1/29 Villanova 29-34 .853
    2/16 Boston College 9-10 .900
    2/23 Arkansas-Monticello 16-18 .824
    3/5 Boston College 12-15 .800

    WIGGAN EARNS STARTING ASSIGNMENT
    Senior guard Juel Wiggan earned his the starting assignment tonight on Senior Night at the Louis Brown Athletic Center. It marked his eighth start of the season and the 21st of his 119-game career. He replaced Marquis Webb in the lineup, marking only the second time in Webb’s 60-game career he came off the bench.

    SHIELD TOPS 20 FOR FIFTH TIME THIS SEASON
    Senior guard Ricky Shields scored 21 points against Boston College in his final game at the Louis Brown Athletic Center. It marked the fifth time this season and 20th time in his career he achieved the feat.

    Official Basketball Box Score
    Boston College vs Rutgers
    03/05/05 7:30 p.m. at Louis Brown Athl. Center; Piscataway, NJ
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    VISITORS: Boston College 24-3, 13-3
                              TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
    ## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
    01 SMITH, Craig........ f  4-10   0-1    5-8    4  6 10   2  13  4  4  0  3  37
    03 DUDLEY, Jared....... f  8-15   3-4    2-4    4  7 11   1  21  3  3  0  1  38
    13 DOORNEKAMP, Nate.... c  6-10   1-2    0-0    2  4  6   3  13  5  3  3  0  33
    11 HINNANT, Louis...... g  3-8    1-2    0-0    0  2  2   0   7  3  1  0  1  30
    23 MARSHALL, Sean...... g  5-8    1-4    0-0    1  0  1   3  11  1  1  0  1  14
    04 WATSON, Jermaine....    4-6    0-0    2-2    2  2  4   2  10  3  1  0  0  29
    12 HAILEY, Steve.......    0-0    0-0    0-0    1  0  1   3   0  2  2  0  0  10
    51 WILLIAMS, Sean......    0-1    0-0    3-4    0  2  2   3   3  0  1  2  0   9
       TEAM................                         1  2  3
       Totals..............   30-58   6-13  12-18  15 25 40  17  78 21 16  5  6 200
    
    TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 12-29 41.4%   2nd Half: 18-29 62.1%   Game: 51.7%  DEADB
    3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  5-8  62.5%   2nd Half:  1-5  20.0%   Game: 46.2%   REBS
    F Throw % 1st Half:  7-12 58.3%   2nd Half:  5-6  83.3%   Game: 66.7%   2,1
    
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    HOME TEAM: Rutgers 9-18, 2-14
                              TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
    ## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
    02 SHIELDS, Ricky...... f  6-14   6-12   3-4    2  0  2   2  21  0  1  1  0  30
    40 BAILEY, Ollie....... f  1-2    0-0    0-0    1  1  2   2   2  0  2  0  0  12
    21 JOYNES, Byron....... c  1-3    0-0    2-2    1  4  5   4   4  0  2  2  2  29
    05 DOUBY, Quincy....... g  8-15   2-6    0-0    1  0  1   1  18  7  4  0  1  37
    13 WIGGAN, Juel........ g  3-9    0-1    0-0    0  0  0   2   6  2  1  0  1  23
    01 WEBB, Marquis.......    1-4    0-2    5-6    1  3  4   1   7  2  0  0  2  29
    10 QUEZADA, Manny......    0-1    0-1    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   4
    33 KEATING, Shayle.....    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
    45 WATERSTRADT, Dan....    1-4    0-1    0-0    1  2  3   2   2  1  0  1  0  19
    55 INGLIS, Jimmie......    2-6    0-0    2-3    1  3  4   4   6  1  0  0  1  16
       TEAM................                         2  4  6
       Totals..............   23-58   8-23  12-15  10 17 27  18  66 13 10  4  7 200
    
    TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 10-28 35.7%   2nd Half: 13-30 43.3%   Game: 39.7%  DEADB
    3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  3-13 23.1%   2nd Half:  5-10 50.0%   Game: 34.8%   REBS
    F Throw % 1st Half:  6-7  85.7%   2nd Half:  6-8  75.0%   Game: 80.0%    2
    
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    Officials: Ed Corbett, Donnee Gray, John Hughes
    Technical fouls: Boston College-None. Rutgers-None.
    Attendance: 8008
    Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
    Boston College................   36   42  -   78
    Rutgers.......................   29   37  -   66
    ID-291710
    
    Points in the paint-BC 42,RUTGERS 22. Points off turnovers-BC 10,RUTGERS 17.
    2nd chance points-BC 12,RUTGERS 15. Fast break points-BC 9,RUTGERS 6.
    Bench points-BC 13,RUTGERS 15. Score tied-1 time. Lead changed-2 times.
    Last FG-BC 2nd-00:01, RUTGERS 2nd-01:16.
    
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