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Eagles Upset No. 19 West Virginia

The way this season has gone for Boston College it was appropriate the Eagles had to survive three 3-point attempts by No. 19 West Virginia before celebrating an upset victory.

Duane Woodward scored 20 points, including a key jumper with 22 seconds left Wednesday night, and the Mountaineers missed three long-range shots in the final 14 seconds in Boston College's 72-69 victory.

The Eagles (14-15, 6-12 Big East), who entered the game in last place in the conference, gave West Virginia its second "Senior Night" loss this season.

"The nice thing about this is we definitely had the opportunity to fold," Boston College coach Al Skinner said. "They got good looks, but was it their best personnel? If it was, did you do your job? You're going to give up something."

Antonio Granger added 16 points and Mickey Curley had 14 for the Eagles. Brent Solheim paced the Mountaineers (22-6, 11-6) with 17 points, 13 in the second half, and Adrian Pledger had 14 points.

Woodward, one of three seniors along with Curley and Granger, scored 15 points in the first half. The game was played before only 4,726, the smallest crowd for a Big East game since Conte Forum opened in 1988.

Solheim's free throw with 53 seconds left brought the Mountaineers within 70-69. Thirty-one seconds later, Woodward hit his jumper from the top of the key.

"We were going to try and get a foul when it was 70-69, but we were incoherent," West Virginia coach Gale Catlett said. "We didn't get it and then Woodward hit a great shot."

Jarrod West and Damian Owens both missed 3-pointers, but the Mountaineers regained possession when the ball went out of bounds off the Eagles with 3.8 seconds left.

After a timeout, West Virginia got the ball to a wide-open Solheim, whose 3-point attempt bounced off the rim as the horn sounded.

"I feel comfortable outside," Solheim said. "Even though I don't shoot a lot of 3-pointers, I feel comfortable."

Curley's free throw with 4:40 left had given the Eagles a 68-61 lead, but West hit a 3-pointer to ignite a 8-2 run that made it a one-point game.

The Mountaineers had scored the first six points of the second half and led 50-42 on Owens' fastbreak layup with 15:10 to play. Boston College went on an 11-0 run over the next 2½ minutes to take a 53-50 lead.

"That's what Coach was trying to get into our heads to do," Woodward said of "Senior Night." "He used that as motivation and the whole team responded."

In the first half, Pledger scored six points as West Virginia jumped ahead 17-7 before the Eagles rallied with a 18-4 run as Woodward scored eight points.

The Mountaineers led 36-35 at halftime.

"We probably took this game too lightly," said Owens, who played 25 minutes and scored nine points despite playing with a back injury sustained Feb. 14 at Syracuse. "We weren't mentally prepared."

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