Boston College 78, No. 20 Georgetown 67
NEWTON, Mass. (AP) _ Boston College coach Jim O’Brien hopes that a 78-67 victory over No. 20 Georgetown on Wednesday night will inspire the Eagles to turn their season around.
Hoyas coach John Thompson, meanwhile, hopes that a three-game slide will teach his young team a lesson: There’s more to college basketball than 11-game winning streaks.
``Sometimes when you win 11 in a row, that’s good,″ said Thompson, whose Hoyas had climbed to No. 10 in the rankings before losing five of their next eight games. ``But I think a little pain can help you also.″
Sophomore Danya Abrams scored 21 of his 29 points in the second half for Boston College (8-11), which won for only the second time in 11 Big East games.
``It doesn’t get a whole lot better than that for us,″ O’Brien said. ``I cannot be more happy that they stepped it up tonight, especially with the way things have been going.″
Freshman guard Allen Iverson scored 20 points for the Hoyas (14-6, 7-5) before fouling out with 1:44 to go. Georgetown has not won at Boston College since the Eagles moved into the Conte Forum in 1991.
``They are the villain wherever they go,″ O’Brien said of Georgetown. ``It’s because of the respect everybody has for them and the respect they have for the program. They’re the team to beat.
``We’re happy tonight. And I’m hoping we can get a little confidence off this.″
Freshman Antonio Granger matched one career-high with 12 points and surpassed another with 10 rebounds for the Eagles. But Abrams hurt the Hoyas most.
``I hate the guy, to tell you the truth,″ Thompson said, probably joking, though you couldn’t tell from the somber look on his face. ``But I respect the way he plays.
``He does a lot of things in the post that post players need to do. It’s just irritating. He hurt us where we were soft. You’ve got to respect that.″
Boston College led 54-51 with 8:53 left and scored the next six points. Don Reid made three of four free throws and Iverson hit two to cut the Eagles’ lead to 60-56 with 6:04 left.
It was 67-64 when Kevin Hrabowski hit a 3-pointer to start an 11-0 run that iced it for Boston College. Georgetown scored only three points over the last four minutes, a 3-pointer by Irvin Church with 14 seconds left.
``We just made a couple of mental errors at the end of the game. We made some stupid fouls at the end and they were converting them,″ Iverson said. ``It’s a learning experience. The season’s not over yet. We’re just having a difficult time right now.″
Boston College’s 26-24 halftime lead was evidence of the poor shooting by both teams.
Georgetown shot just 28 percent in the first half, missing all 10 3-point tries. Iverson had eight points and five steals in the first half, but was just 2-of-7 from the field.
Boston College wasn’t much better. The Eagles shot 30 percent, with Abrams getting eight first-half points on 3-of-9 shooting. He also had seven rebounds in the half and finished with 11.
Boston College inproved in the second half, hitting half their shots from the field and 22-of-30 free throws. But the Hoyas finished with 30 percent field goal shooting, including 6-of-34 3-point attempts.
``We have to grow up. We’re probably a little too young ... feeling a little sorry for ourselves,″ said Thompson, who has five freshmen and a sophomore on his roster.
``But you can’t blame it on inexperience. Certainly we are inexperienced, but Boston College (five freshmen, four sophomores) is inexperienced, too.″