Nov. 24, 2003 The Boston College Eagles beat the Monmouth University Hawks 60-50, and the Wichita State Shockers defeated the Hampton University Pirates 68-65 Sunday night at the 2003 Paradise Jam mens tournament at the University of the Virgin Islands Sport and Fitness Center.
In the first game, both teams offenses started slowly, but Craig Smith got off to a good start, scoring the Eagles' first seven points of the game. BC controlled scoring from the paint in the half by a margin of 10-2.
The Eagles started three freshmen but still controlled the game. BC never trailed after falling behind 2-0 at the start of the game.
Even with two Eagles starters Smith and Uka Agbai with four fouls each midway through the second half, the Hawks could not get into an offensive rhythm. Monmouth got to within two points of the Eagles, 42-40, with 5:13 left in the game. Eagles head coach Al Skinner then brought Smith back into the game and he grabbed three key rebounds and dumped in seven points in the final three minutes.
The Hawks' offense started even more slowly than their opponents' making only one field goal out of nine attempts in the first eight minutes. The Hawks starters accounted for only five points in the half, shooting 2-of-10. They finished the game with 16 points, shooting 6-of-25 for the game.
Smith scored 15 points to lead the Eagles. Teammates Jermaine Watson and Jared Dudley each had 13 points. Dudley grabbed a team-high nine rebounds, and Smith had eight rebounds.
The Eagles starting point guard, Louis Hinnant, was injured and unavailable for the game. Steve Hailey started in his place and had five assists.
Deki Delic scored nine points off the bench to lead the Hawks. Dwayne Byfield added eight points off the bench.
The nightcap game was highly contested at the end of each half. In the first half the lead was exchanged six times in the final minutes. The Hampton Pirates captured the lead 18-17 with 6:45 left and gave it up two more times, the last time for good.
The Pirates came within one point, 66-65 of Wichita State with 13 seconds left in the game. Jamar Howard went to the free-throw line with 11 seconds left in the game and hit the first attempt but missed the second to make the score 67-65. Hamptons Rodney Hughes grabbed the rebound but fell to the floor and attempted to pass the ball to Jeff Granger. But Howard tied him up and the possession arrow turned in the favor of the Shockers.
The Pirates fouled Fridge Holman with seven seconds remaining. Holman also made one and missed one to give the Shockers a three-point lead. Jared Woodley then missed a three-pointer as time run out.
Five Shockers were in double figures. Howard scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds for Wichita State. Aaron Hogg had 14 points. Holman, Rob Kampman and Paul Miller each had 11 points.
Woodley had 24 points off the bench to lead the Pirates offensively. Woodley shot 6-of-8 from behind the three-point arc. Devin Green recorded a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
Mondays game will feature a battle of two winless teams, La Salle and Appalachian State, at 4 p.m. The second game will showcase two teams with a 1-1 record Hampton vs. Monmouth at 6:30 p.m. The tournament championship game will pit Wichita State against Boston College at 9 p.m.
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