March 24, 2006

Top-seeded Villanova edges Boston College

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top-seeded Villanova squeezed past
Boston College 60-59 on a goaltending call in the closing
seconds of overtime in an NCAA Tournament round of 16 thriller
at Minneapolis on Friday.

Will Sheridan clinched the win for the Wildcats when Boston
College's Sean Williams was called for goaltending for swatting
away Sheridan's shot with three seconds remaining.

Villanova (28-4) roared back from a 16-point first-half
deficit to claim the physical contest and advance to Sunday's
round of eight.

Randy Foye led Villanova with 29 points. Craig Smith topped
fourth-seeded Boston College (28-8) with 14 points and 12

Smith had given Boston College a 59-58 lead with 12 seconds
to play.

Boston College scored the game's first nine points and
enjoyed a 25-9 advantage five minutes before halftime but
Villanova surged back to grab the lead with two minutes
remaining in regular play.

Jared Dudley's three-point field goal for Boston College
with 28 seconds forced the overtime.

Villanova scored the first five points of the extra period
before Boston College used an 8-2 run to regain the lead.

In the Washington Regional, 11th-seeded George Mason
continued their unlikely run by defeating number seven seed
Wichita State 63-55 to advance to the final eight.

The Patriots will play the winners of the game between
top-seeded Connecticut and number five Washington later on
Friday for the right to reach next week's Final Four in

Tony Skinn scored 12 points and Folarin Campbell added 11
as George Mason took advantage of 30 percent first-half
shooting by Wichita State to take a 35-19 lead at intermission.

George Mason (26-7), the regular-season champions in the
mid-major Colonial Athletic Association, never had their lead
cut below seven the rest of the game.

Campbell led the Patriots in scoring with 16 points, while
Skinn and Lamar each added 14.

Paul Miller had 16 to lead the Shockers (26-9), who hit
only 31 percent of their field goals for the game, including
just three of 24 from three-point range.

(Additional reporting by Steve Ginsburg)

(Writing by Gene Cherry in Raleigh, North Carolina)