No. 25 Boston College 77, Rutgers 51
BOSTON (AP) _ Troy Bell, Kenny Harley and Ryan Sidney each scored 16 points as No. 25 Boston College defeated Rutgers 77-51 Saturday.
The Eagles (13-2, 4-1 Big East) are off to their best start since going 22-9 in 1996-97, the last time they made the NCAA tournament.
Rutgers (8-9, 0-6), a single-digit loser in all of its league games before Saturday, was led by Todd Billet’s 22 points.
Holding a 33-32 lead early in the second half, Boston College, which struggled from the field for most of the game, broke loose for a 14-3 run over a 4:09 stretch.
Xavier Singletary, who added 12 points, made a pair of 3-pointers and Bell had two baskets during the key burst.
The Scarlet Knights, the Big East’s second-worst free throwing shooting team at .595 percent entering the game, hurt themselves at the line during the Eagles’ decisive run. They hit only one of five attempts.
Rutgers never closed within double digits the rest of the way as BC gradually built its lead.
The Eagles shot 43.3 percent for the game (29-for-67), but was below 40 percent for most of the game until some late baskets.
The Eagles, who lost 97-75 at No. 2 Duke Tuesday, started slowly and hit just one of their first 10 shots. Boston College improved and went on to lead 29-25 at halftime.
Rutgers’ last road win over a ranked opponent came over three years ago, 72-63 at Temple Dec. 20, 1997.