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Rice, Boston College extend Duke's misery

Feb 16, 2009 - 5:27 AM CHESTNUT HILL, Massachusetts (Ticker) -- Tyrese Rice scored 14 of his 21 points in the second half to lead Boston College to an 80-74 victory over No. 5 Duke on Sunday.

Joe Trapani added 20 points and seven rebounds and freshman Reggie Jackson chipped in 15 points off the bench for the Eagles, who snapped a two-game slide while beating Duke for the first time since March 17, 1985.

With the Blue Devils up, 72-71, after Gerald Henderson's jumper, Rice took a pass from Jackson on the left wing and hoisted up a 3-pointer to give Boston College (19-8, 7-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) the lead.

Kyle Singler forged a 74-74 tie with a layup with 1:06 remaining, but Duke (20-5, 7-4) missed its final four field goal attempts to fall for the fourth time in the last six games.

"We have to play tougher-minded than we are right now," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski told the Charlotte Observer. "We're not as tough-minded as we have been during the main part of the season. It's like we're a different team right now."

Trailing, 37-32, at the half, Rice opened the second with a 3-pointer, which made him the seventh player in Boston College history to reach 2,000 points in his career.

The Eagles never trailed by more than five points and grabbed their first lead of the second half when Jackson sparked a 7-0 run with a 3-pointer at the 9:25 mark. His jumper one minute later put Boston College up, 60-55.

Rakim Sanders added 14 points for the Eagles, who shot 59 percent (30-of-51) and overcame 19 turnovers.

Singler finished with 25 points and eight rebounds and Henderson added 20 points for Duke, which is 2-4 since reaching the No. 1 spot in the country three weeks ago.

"We'll bounce back," Duke swingman Jon Scheyer told the Charlotte Observer. "I don't know how. I don't know what we're going to have to do. We're going to figure it out as soon as we can, and we've got to get going."