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No. 23 Boston College Wins Big East

March 10, 2004

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Amber Jacobs had 22 points, Jessalyn Deveny added 20, and No. 23 Boston College won the Big East Conference tournament with a 75-57 victory Tuesday night over Rutgers.

The victory, a night after the Eagles stunned third-ranked Connecticut, gave Boston College a berth in the NCAA tournament. It was first Big East final in 11 years that did not include Connecticut.

The Eagles (25-6), who shot a tournament-record 73 percent Monday night against the Huskies, also were on target against Rutgers. They made 58 percent against the Scarlet Knights on 26-of-45 shooting.

Fifth-seeded Boston College became the first Big East team to win the tournament after playing all four days.

Cappy Pondexter led the seventh-seeded Scarlet Knights (21-11) with 27 points.

Rutgers limped into the championship game with just seven players after losing guard Dawn McCullouch to a knee injury in Monday’s semifinal win over West Virginia. The Scarlet Knights were forced to dress two student managers to round out the lineup, but they didn’t play.

Tournament MVP Deveny scored 15 points in the first half on 6-of-7 shooting to help the Eagles build a 41-24 lead. The Eagles used an 11-2 run to pull away from an 8-8 tie.

Rutgers would get no closer than 11 points thereafter. Pondexter had eight points in a 16-5 run to close the deficit to 59-48 with 6:05 left. But the Eagles responded with a 15-0 run over the next three minutes.

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