Canes Lost Heartbreaker in OT, 74-72

Led by a pair of freshmen, Boston College escaped South Florida on Wednesday night with a 74-72 victory at the Convocation Center. 40 minutes wasn't enough, as these two teams battled for an additional 5 minutes in overtime.

In the end, freshman sensation Jared Dudley proved to be too much for the Canes as Boston College won their third in a row, and improved to 16-7 overall, 5-5 in the Big East. The sixth straight loss for Miami has dropped them to 13-11 overall, 3-7 in the Big East.

The Hurricanes led most of the way in the second half, building a six point lead on a couple of occasions. Jared Dudley hit a pair of free throws to put the Eagles ahead 61-60, their first lead since 38-37 three minutes into the second half. The two teams traded buckets, until a Miami turnover gave Boston College the ball with 25 seconds to play. Robert Hite fouled Sean Marshall, who made 1 of 2 free-throws with 0:21 left. Miami got the ball to their senior leader, Darius Rice, who missed a three. Despite the miss, the Hurricanes remained determined. Guillmero Diaz snatched an offensive board and missed a shot, but William Frisby got the offensive rebound. He went back up strong and was fouled with 0:01 to play. Boston College tried to ice him with timeouts but to no avail, as Frisby calmly and coolly connected on both to send the game into overtime.

In overtime, the Hurricanes had to feel good about their chances. During the last play of regulation, Boston College's best player, Craig Smith, had fouled out. B.C. turned from a sophomore to a freshman, as Jared Dudley had 9 of Boston College's 10 overtime points. The Hurricanes had two opportunities to tie at the end of the game. Darius Rice missed a jumper, followed by an offensive rebound and attempted dunk by Karron Clarke. This attempt failed as time ran out on Perry Clark's Hurricanes.

The first half wasn't dominated, but Boston College did lead most of the way. Their biggest lead came under the 8 minute timeout, when they were up 21-16. The timeout came at a perfect time for UM, as they went on a 9-4 run, capped off by a 1-2 effort from the foul line by Karron Clarke to tie the game at 25. Boston College again took the upper hand, until Guillmero Diaz hit a three pointer at the buzzer to give the Canes a 35-34 lead at intermission. The Hurricanes remained on top until the curse of youth came up to bite them once again at the end.

Boston College put three players in double figures. They were led by freshman standout Jared Dudley's 24 points. Accompanying Dudley were Sean Marshall and Craig Smith, who each had 12. Miami did a decent job tonight on Smith, holding him to 12. He was in foul trouble most of the night.

Miami was led by the favorite for Big East Freshman of the Year, Guillmero Diaz, who went 5-7 beyond the arc en route to 21 total points. Along with Diaz, Robert Hite had 13, Darius Rice 12, and Rodrigue Djahue 10.

The road is really going to get bumpy for the Hurricanes now. Saturday afternoon, they'll be at home to play host to the defending national champion Syracuse Orangemen, before flying to the northeast next week. Connecticut will play host to Miami on Wednesday, followed by a road game at Providence on Saturday. It is must-win time for the Hurricanes, as they are now on the outside looking in. Virginia Tech protected their home court tonight, knocking off Georgetown 80-65. The Hokies now lead the Canes by a half game for the 12th and final spot in the Big East Tournament. Saturday's game tips off at 2 o'clock and is available via Fox Sports Net Florida, as well as WQAM 560 in Miami.

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