Duquesne 98, Boston College 93, OT
BOSTON (AP)—Robert Mitchell scored 20 points and Aaron Jackson and Scott Grote 19 each to lead Duquesne to a 98-93 overtime upset win over injury-hindered Boston College despite a triple-double by Eagles’ center Sean Williams on Thursday night.
Williams had his triple-double with 13 blocked shots, 19 points and 10 rebounds, but spoiled his night with a pair of gaffes in the closing 65 seconds of overtime.
Kieron Achara added 17 points for the Dukes (4-7).
Sean Marshall scored a career-high 30 points and Tyrese Rice added a career-best 29 to lead Boston College (7-4).
The Eagles were minus starters Jared Dudley, the team’s leading scorer at 18.8 points per game, and John Oates, both sidelined with left foot injuries.
In overtime, Mitchell was fouled on a 3-point attempt and hit all three free throws, making it 87-84.
After Rice hit two free throws, Scott Grote was fouled on a drive by Tyrelle Blair and Williams was whistled for a technical foul on the play. Mitchell hit both free throws on the technical and Grote nailed one, pushing the Dukes ahead 89-86 with 65 seconds left.
With 18.4 seconds left and the Eagles trailing 92-89, Williams grabbed Reggie Jackson’s shirt while trying to foul him and was called for an intentional foul. Jackson hit both free throws and the Dukes kept possession.
Williams’ one-handed turnaround made it 77-74 with 31 seconds left in regulation, but Grote nailed a 3 from the right wing to tie it with 8.2 seconds left.
Rice missed on a driving shot and a pair of tips failed as the horn sounded, sending the game to overtime.
BC had a 75-65 edge with 4:44 to play, but the Dukes scored the next nine points and cut it to 75-74 on Grote’s two free throws with 2:35 left.
Duquesne, which held a 37-34 halftime edge, had won its last game, 72-71 over St. Francis on Friday after losing seven straight.
Williams was the first BC player with a triple-double since Duane Woodward did it against Rutgers Jan. 14, 1998.