Men's Basketball Falls To Boston College In OT
BOSTON (AP) - Craig Smith hit two free throws with 14.6 seconds left Saturday afternoon, lifting Boston College to a 76-75 overtime win over Massachusetts in the ninth annual Commonwealth Classic.
Smith, who finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds, missed a pair of free throws late in regulation that could have give BC a five-point lead with just over a minute left.
Sean Marshall scored a season-high 21 points, hitting 5 of 11 3-pointers for the Eagles (6-0). Louis Hinnant scored 11 points and Uka Agbai had 10 for BC, which won its fifth straight game over UMass.
Anthony Anderson paced the Minutemen (2-3) with 20 points, and Brennan Martin had 11.
There was an attendance of 2,133 despite a major snowstorm that blanketed the Boston area. Over 7,000 tickets were sold.
Boston College officials decided to play the game because the referees, TV crews and UMass all were already in town.
Martin's free throw with 1:37 left in overtime gave UMass a 75-74 lead. Both teams missed a number of chances - including four missed free throws by the Minutemen in the closing 30 seconds - before Smith hit his free throws.
Gabe Lee's baseline jumper bounced off the rim and Hinnant grabbed the rebound as the horn sounded.
Lee and Rashaun Freeman each missed a pair of free throws for UMass.
In regulation, UMass closed it to 70-67 on Jeff Viggiano's fast-break layup with 2:19 to play. But the Minutemen failed to convert on their next four chances to either cut the lead or tie the game before Lee's 3-pointer tied it with 31 seconds left.
After Smith was called for an offensive foul, Freeman's shot at the buzzer bounced off the rim as the horn sounded, sending the game to overtime.
In the first half, BC responded to a 9-0 UMass run with a 15-0 run of its
own to take a 33-30 halftime lead.
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