No. 25 Boston College 59, Vanderbilt 52
NEWTON, Mass. (AP) _ Even Boston College forward Danya Abrams looked surprised when he realized only he and one other starter scored and the 25th-ranked Eagles still won Monday night.
``I didn’t know that,″ said Abrams, who had 12 points and was joined as a scoring starter by Duane Woodward with 15 in the Eagles’ 59-52 victory over Vanderbilt. ``If you think about it and you’re only going to have two guys score _ you’re not going to win. We’ve been winning ugly lately, but we’ll take it.″
Abrams also had eight rebounds.
``I think that’s definitely one of our strengths,″ said Bevan Thomas, who led the reserves with 11 points. ``We feel we all have to contribute to be successful.″
The Commodores, who trailed by seven points at halftime, had closed to 34-30 on Billy DiSpaltro’s short jumper early into the second half before Boston College used a 18-6 spurt over the next nine minutes to take control.
``If you had told me before the game that Abrams would only score 12 and (Antonio) Granger and (Andy) Bedard wouldn’t score, we would have been happy,″ Vanderbilt coach Jan van Breda Kolff said. ``But if you had told me Pax Whitehead would only score seven I wouldn’t have been happy.″
Kostas Maglos scored all nine of his points in the final 11 minutes for the Eagles, who got 32 points from their reserves.
Austin Bates paced Vanderbilt with 15 points, while Drew Maddox had 11. Whitehead, the team’s leading scorer at 17 points per game, was just 1-for-10 from the field.
During the 18-6 spurt, the Eagles (4-1) held Vanderbilt without a field goal for 12 minutes. Maddox hit a 3-pointer with 4:53 left in the game to end the drought.
Maglos scored six points while Abrams and Woodward each had four during the decisive run.
Vanderbilt (3-2) closed within 54-50 on two free throws by DiSpaltro with 1:54 to play. In the final minute, Maglos hit two free throws, Woodward added one and Abrams made two to seal the win.
The Eagles closed the first half with a 15-8 run for the seven-point lead.
Despite holding Vanderbilt to 27 percent shooting in the first half and forcing 12 turnovers, the Eagles only led 29-22 at halftime.