Monday, February 16, 2009

BOSTON COLLEGE BEATS DUKE FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE REO SPEEDWAGON HAD A NUMBER ONE HIT SONG

BOSTON COLLEGE 80, No. 6 DUKE 74 – Reggie Jackson broke the game's final tie with a drive with 47.2 seconds left and the Eagles scored the final six points in an 80-74 victory over on Sunday. It was their first win over the Blue Devils in 24 years (March 17, 1985 – Can’t Fight This Feeling - REO Speedwagon topped the charts…ugh.)

As the game ended, hundreds of BC kids stormed the court in a manner that can only be described as a) ridiculous and b) dangerous.

Call us cranky, but something needs to be done. For starters, the Eagles just beat Duke. Duke is not the No. 1 team in the country. They are ranked sixth. Boston College already beat the then-ranked No. 1 team when they knocked-off North Carolina earlier this year. Enough already.

How about a simple “guideline?” If you suck, and Boston College doesn’t – in the ACC only Virginia and Georgia Tech can claim that, and you upset a ranked team at home, you can rush the court. But only if the ranked team is No. 1, No. 2 or No. 3 MAX. No court rushing when your NCAA tournament-bound team beats the No. 6 team in the country – even if it is a not-so-popular team like, say…um…Duke.

OK?

Back to the game – Tyrese Rice led B.C. with 21 points and became the seventh player in school history to score 2,000 career points. Joe Trapani added 20 for the Eagles (19-8, 7-5 ACC)

Kyle Singler had 25 points for the Blue Devils (20-5, 7-4), who have lost three of four, while Gerald Henderson added 20.

Rice also grabbed a key rebound on a Duke miss before hitting two free throws that made it 78-74.

"This is a big stage," Skinner said. "He showed the type of player he is. I'm not sure I'd certainly take some of those shots, but you've just got to let him."

(Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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