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January 15, 2008

Boston College upsets No. 21 Miami

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BOSTON — Tyrelle Blair had 11 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks on Tuesday night and Rakim Sanders scored 20 points as Boston College beat No. 21 Miami 76-66 - the Eagles' 12th consecutive victory over the Hurricanes.

Tyrese Rice had 14 points, eight rebounds and six assists to help BC (12-4, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) beat a ranked opponent for the first time since last February. The Eagles had lost two of three - a 25-point defeat to No. 3 Kansas and another that was even more embarrassing: 57-51 at home to Robert Morris last Monday.

Jack McClinton scored 20 points on 6-for-26 shooting for Miami, which had won consecutive games since it lost to Winthrop on Dec. 29 to snap a season-opening 12-game winning streak. James Dews scored 15 points for the Hurricanes (14-2, 1-1), who would have tied the best start in school history with a win.

Boston College scored 14 of the first 16 points and led 50-27 with 11:26 to play before McClinton hit a 3-pointer to start a 23-10 run that pulled Miami back into the game. He had 13 points in all over the five-minute span, including three 3-pointers.

The Hurricanes were still down 68-58 with 3:13 left, but despite their full-court pressure and fouling they couldn't get any closer than nine points.

It was BC's first victory over a ranked opponent since it beat then-No. 16 Virginia Tech last Feb. 3.

Miami, which leads the ACC in 3-point percentage, were just 8-of-26 from beyond the arc, 3-of-13 in the first half.

In November, BC snapped a 15-game losing streak against Miami in football - its first victory over the Hurricanes since the "Hail Flutie" pass ended one of the greatest games in college history. But Miami's chances of ending its losing streak against BC in basketball disappeared quickly.

The Hurricanes missed their first five shots and started 1-for-14 from the field - a jumper by McClinton - while Boston College scored the first eight points of the game and opened a 14-2 lead with 13:21 left in the first half.

The Eagles made it 20-4 before the Hurricanes strung some offense together, cutting the deficit to 20-10 on two 3-pointers by Dews. BC took a 17-point lead on John Oates' 3-pointer with just under 2 minutes left and led 36-22 at halftime.

Miami shot 26.5 percent (9-for-34) in the first half, making 3-of-13 from 3-point range, and totaling just three assists as a team.

For more coverage of Boston College, visit EagleAction.com; for more on Miami, visit CaneSport.com.

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