Spartans Drop Contest In Boston

Nov. 29, 2006

Final Stats

BOSTON (AP) -- Jared Dudley scored 30 points with 10 rebounds to lead Boston College to a 65-58 victory over Michigan State on Wednesday night in the Eagles' debut in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.

Sean Williams blocked five shots and Shamari Spears had nine rebounds as BC (3-2) outrebounded the Spartans 37-36. Michigan State (6-2) had outrebounded every one of its opponents in its first seven games.

Drew Neitzel, who came into the game as the Spartans' leading scorer with an average of 18.3 points per game, did not make a basket until there was 12:24 left and finished with 12 points. He had scored at least 20 points in each of the previous three games.

Goran Suton scored 18 points with nine rebounds for Michigan State, which is 4-3 in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. BC, which defected from the Big East during the summer of 2005, was playing in the annual conference matchup for the first time.

Boston College has won two in a row after losing consecutive games to Vermont and Providence and dropping from No. 14 in The Associated Press Top 25 out of the polls entirely -- without receiving a single vote. The Eagles beat Rhode Island 86-68 on Saturday.

BC guard Sean Marshall, coming off a career high-matching 23 points in the victory over Rhode Island, scored just four points on 2-for-9 shooting. Tyrese Rice scored 10 points but shot just 3-of-14 from the field -- missing all six 3-point tries.

BC shot 39.3 percent for the game, compared to 39.6 percent for Michigan State.

The Eagles scored the last five points of the first half to take a 26-18 lead.

It was a six-point game with 13:17 left when Williams blocked Suton's 3-point attempt. Dudley hit a 3-pointer from the left wing, tugging at his jersey and waving to excite the crowd as he backpedaled on defense.

Rice followed with a steal and a fast-break layup that made it 41-30 with 12:44 left. Neitzel cut it to nine points with his first basket of the game with 12:24 to go, then trimmed it to eight with less than two minutes left on a fast-break layup.



Williams was called for goaltending to make it 59-53 on Raymar Morgan's drive with 77 seconds remaining. The Spartans kept fouling, but they never got closer than that.