Friday, March 14, 2008

ACC FIRST ROUND RESULTS


BOSTONG COLLEGE 71, MARYLAND 68

Unfortunatley, we called it. The Terps had 21 turnovers and a -15 rebound margin. They blew several leads, and played sloppy, inconsistent basketball. In short, they rolled their whole season into one last game losing to a weak Boston College team.

Tyrese Rice scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half and Boston College snapped a six-game losing streak with a 71-68 comeback win over Maryland on Thursday in the first round of the ACC tournament.

Rakim Sanders, with 13 points, was one of four other players in double figures for the 11th-seeded Eagles (14-16), who rallied from an 11-point second-half deficit to advance to play third-seeded Clemson on Friday.

James Gist scored 19 points and the Terrapins (18-14) shot 52 percent but committed 21 turnovers to end their NCAA tournament hopes.

The Eagles, who came in having lost 12 of 13 games, fell behind 20-5 and 36-25 to start the second half, only to come back behind their dynamic point guard.

Rice, who had been a one-man show for much of the season, hit two free throws in the closing seconds to send Maryland to its fifth loss in six games.

It was another inconsistent night for the sixth-seeded Terrapins, who have perplexed excitable coach Gary Williams all season. After consecutive home losses to Ohio and American early in the season, they won three straight ACC road games, including at top-ranked North Carolina to get into NCAA tournament contention.

Then Maryland began to slide again, including a stunning collapse at home against Clemson when the Terrapins squandered a 20-point lead with 11 minutes left.

Knowing now they'll likely need a deep run this week to get an NCAA bid, the Terrapins melted down again when it mattered.

PHOTOS: Boston College's Tyrese Rice, center, is fouled by Maryland's James Gist (15) as Maryland's Bambale Osby (50) looks on in the first half and Maryland's James Gist, left, and Boston College's Shamari Spears fight for a rebound in the first half . (AP Photos/Gerry Broome)

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