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March 15, 2007
Marshall had 15 points in the second half Thursday as the Eagles won 84-75 in the first round.
Martin Zeno scored 21 points to lead the 10th-seeded Red Raiders (21-13), who led by four points midway through the second half before Boston College went ahead to stay with a 14-4 run sparked by Marshall.
Marshall, a senior who had six points in the first half, scored 11 of the 14 points in that run - including consecutive 3-pointers that gave Boston College a 68-62 lead with 8:49 left. The Red Raiders hung around into the final minutes, but they never overcame that run by the veteran team led by a pair of four-year starters in Marshall and Dudley.
Marshall shot 6-for-9 in the second half and finished 8-for-14 for the game with seven rebounds. Dudley - the Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year - knocked down a pair of key baskets to keep momentum with the Eagles, including an inside score that gave Boston College a 78-71 lead with 3:17 to play.
Rice, a speedy 6-foot-1 sophomore, took care of the rest. After scoring 13 first-half points, Rice went 6-for-6 at the line in the final 42 seconds to seal the win.
The Eagles shot 53 percent for the game, including 8-for-20 from 3-point range and 16-for-20 at the foul line.
The loss ended a season of highs and lows for Texas Tech, which had beaten Kansas and Texas A&M this year but also had some puzzling losses along the way. The Red Raiders made Knight the winningest coach in Division I men's history in January, but also had a five-game losing streak later that month that put their tournament hopes in jeopardy.
Leading scorer Jarrius Jackson finished with 10 points on 4-for-14 shooting, significantly below his Big 12 Conference-leading 20.2-point scoring average. His 3-pointer with 13:17 left gave Texas Tech a 58-54 lead, but the Eagles answered with a layup from Marshall and a 3 by Rice after an offensive rebound to start the decisive spurt.
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