Saturday, March 14, 2009

DUKE HANGS ON TO BEAT BOSTON COLLEGE

No. 8 DUKE 65, BOSTON COLLEGE 64 – That Mike Krzyfplm3ski he’s a “hugger.”

And when his Duke team staged a second half comeback to defeat Boston College in the final ACC quarter final, Coach K just had to hug somebody. Turns out it was Boston College’s Tyrese Rice.

We can’t imagine what he said, unless it was “I’m glad you didn’t take the final shot.”

After Gerald Henderson put Duke up by a point, the Eagles Rakim Sanders missed two shots in the final 20 seconds as the Blue Devils survived for a date with Maryland in Saturday’s second semi-final.

Boston College had called a play designed to put the ball in Rice’s hands for the last shot, but Duke’s defense saw it coming.


Kyle Singler matched his career high with 26 points, Henderson had 16 and Jon Scheyer had 14 for Duke (26-6), which will face Maryland in the semifinals on Saturday.

Tyrese Rice had 17 points and Biko Paris added 15 for Boston College (22-11).

The Blue Devils shot only 32 percent from the field in the first half, but improved to 63.6 percent shooting in the second half, and that saved the night for a team dependent on making outside shots.

(AP Photo/John Bazemore)

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