Dec. 12, 2010

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Biko Paris scored a career-high 22 points, Corey Raji drilled the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 33.7 seconds left, and Boston College defeated Maryland 79-75 Sunday in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams.

Reggie Jackson scored 16 for the Eagles (8-2, 1-0) in the ACC debut of first-year coach Steve Donahue. Boston College made 13 3-pointers in extending its winning streak to five games.

Jordan Williams had a career-high 27 points and 13 rebounds for Maryland (7-4, 0-1). The Terrapins, who came in with a 15-game home winning streak, failed to score over the final 2:40.

The back-and-forth game featured 16 lead changes and 11 ties.

After a basket by Williams in the lane and a drive by Adrian Bowie put the Terps ahead 75-72, Joe Trapani made one of two foul shots for BC and a basket by Raji tied it, setting the stage for the thrilling finish.

It was the fifth straight double-double for Williams, whose previous career high in points was 26. Terrell Stoglin and Dino Gregory each scored 14. But the Terrapins were 3 for 17 from beyond the arc.

Maryland led 57-53 before Raji and Paris hit 3-pointers in a 7-2 spurt for the Eagles. A dunk by Williams blunted the charge, but Jackson made a jumper to put BC back in front.

No lead was safe. The Terrapins led 67-64 before Paris sank a 3-pointer, and minutes later a 3-pointer by Trapani put Boston College ahead 72-71.

Williams had 13 points and Stoglin had 10 to help the Terrapins take a 41-39 halftime lead.

Maryland went up for the first time when Sean Mosley stole the ball from Jackson in the backcourt and made a three-point play for a 23-21 lead.

Jackson had only two points before his three-point play got the Eagles to 38-37. Williams then made a three-point play on the other end before Jackson drove the lane for the final basket before the break.