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Monday, December 19, 2005

Boston College Athletics: December 19, 2005

Men's Basketball

The #13 men's basketball team ended a two-game losing streak by trouncing Texas Southern at Conte Forum last night, 80-53. Boston College will look to pick up some more non-conference wins before the ACC schedule heats up when they visit Georgia Tech on January 8th.

In the meantime, the team might learn the fate of sophomore center Sean Williams later today. According to head coach Al Skinner, a Brighton (MA) District Court judge will decide whether or not Williams, who was charged in May with marijuana possession, will be allowed to return to BC.

Former All-America guard Troy Bell left this weekend to play pro basketball in Frankfurt, Germany.

Women's Basketball

BC has re-discovered another way to dominate Boston University - after a 13 year hiatus, the BC-BU women's basketball rivalry was renewed this weekend. The Eagles emerged with an easy 66-49 victory.

Other

The Fitzpatrick Trophy, which is awarded to the top senior high school football player in Maine, is named after Jimmy "Fitzy" Fitzpatrick '21, one of Boston College's first athletic greats. In 1919, Fitzpatrick drop-kicked a field goal to lift Boston College over Yale, a win that was regarded as a major upset because the Ivy League teams were the dominant powers of the era.

With the win, Boston College proved itself, perhaps for the first time, to be "a team of national distinction." For many years, BC fans and alumni referred to the play as "the kick." Then-BC coach Frank Cavanaugh said "I doubt that any has ever done more for his college in athletics than Fitzy has done for Boston College."

Boston College Athletic Director Gene DeFilippo will be presented the football that Fitzpatrick kicked against Yale at a banquet this January. Read more about the Boston College team of destiny from this era.
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