LAS VEGAS (AP)—For the second consecutive night, Boston College trailed before Jared Dudley led the Eagles back.
Dudley scored 24 points, including 11 in the final 4:24, to lead No. 10 Boston College past Oklahoma State 76-68 on Saturday night in the championship game of the Las Vegas Holiday Invitational.
The Eagles trailed by 13 points in the second half before rallying to take the lead for good 61-60 on Dudley’s basket with 4:24 to go. On the next possession, Dudley, the tournament MVP, hit a 3-pointer from the left arc with 3:34 remaining and later converted two three-point plays in the final 2:38.
“In crunch time, big players make big plays,” said Dudley, who had 23 points in a third-round comeback win against Drake on Friday night. “We had to attack. We matched their intensity. We knew we could get back into the game. To beat Oklahoma State is big for us. They had a lot of fans here.”
Tyrese Rice added 21 points, going 5-of-8 from 3-point range for Boston College (5-0), which started 20-0 last season. Craig Smith added 11 points and five assists, while Sean Marshall had 10 points.
“This was a total team effort,” Boston College coach Al Skinner said. “We needed to play with composure. We took bad shots and had poor execution. (Oklahoma State) was a good basketball team. We needed to calm down and show patience.”
David Monds had 15 points and seven rebounds for Oklahoma State (4-1) and Bryon Eaton had 14 points.
JamesOn Curry’s driving layup with 13:07 left gave Oklahoma State its largest lead at 52-39. But Boston College went on a 20-4 run, and two free throws by Rice with 7:37 remaining gave the Eagles their first lead, 57-56.
“We wanted to extend the lead to 15 or 18,” Oklahoma State head coach designate Sean Sutton said. “We had a real chance to control the game. (Boston College) battled back. They got the ball inside and chipped away. They eventually caught us. Dudley and Smith came up big for them.”
The Cowboys were upset with the officiating after the Eagles shot 31 free throws, making 22. The Cowboys were 15-of-17.
Oklahoma State didn’t stay for the trophy presentation.
Oklahoma State jumped to a quick 7-2 lead and led throughout the first half. The Cowboys were 11-of-12 from the free throw line, while the Eagles were 6-of-10 and committed 10 first-half turnovers.
“We shared the basketball after that 13-point (Oklahoma State) lead,” Skinner said. “We started getting good shots. We made plays.”
This was the first meeting between the teams. … Sean Marshall (Rialto, Ca., 228 miles), Craig Smith (Los Angeles, 270 miles), and Dudley (San Diego, 333 miles) played near their hometowns in the Invitational. … The last two rounds of the tournament were played at Valley High School, located one mile east of the Las Vegas Strip. There was an estimated 1,200 at the game, mostly Oklahoma State fans. … Coming into Saturday’s game, the Cowboys were 7-0 in the Invitational. They also made an appearance in 2001.