Saturday, March 21, 2009


No. 10 USC 72, No. 7 BOSTON COLLEGE 55 – Boston College had a four point lead at halftime, and then came back out and scored a whopping 21 points in the second half. How Big 10 of them. Game over.

To complicate things for the Eagles, the Trojans Taj Gibson had a perfect night from the field, going 10-for-10. He chipped in six rebounds, three blocks and four assists and finished with 24 points.

Meanwhile, BC was shooting 23.1 percent in the second half while Tyrese Rice finished with only nine points.

Dwight Lewis scored 20 points and shut down Rice, and DeMar DeRozan added 18 points and nine rebounds. USC (22-12), which went 1-6 in February, maintained the momentum from last week's Pac-10 tournament title and advanced to Sunday's second round against Michigan State.
Gibson’s perfect shooting was the second-best performance in NCAA tournament history with a minimum 10 attempts, behind Kenny Walker's 11-for-11 for Kentucky 1986. Gibson matched Marvin Barnes of Providence and Christian Laettner of Duke, who were 10-for-10 in 1973 and 1992, respectively.

Corey Raji led No. 7 seed Boston College (22-12) with 15 points. The Eagles made only one field goal in a dreadful stretch of nearly 13 minutes that ultimately sent them back to Beantown.

(Photos by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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