USC Rolls Past Boston College in NCAA Tournament First Round
March 20, 2009
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Taj Gibson was a perfect 10 for Southern California, and way out of Boston College's league.
Gibson had 24 points on 10-for-10 shooting from the field, sending the 10th-seeded Trojans to a 69-55 victory over Boston College in the first round of the NCAA tournament Friday night.
Dwight Lewis had 20 points and DeMar DeRozan added 18 points and nine rebounds for USC (22-12), which kept up its momentum from last week's Pac-10 tournament title and advanced to Sunday's second round against the Robert Morris-Michigan State winner in the Midwest Region.
Gibson's perfect shooting was the second-best performance in NCAA tournament history with a minimum 10 attempts, behind Kentucky's Kenny Walker and his 11-for-11 in 1986. Gibson matched Marvin Barnes of Providence and Christian Laettner of Duke, who were 10-for-10 in 1973 and 1992, respectively.