Nov. 21, 2006

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -Star Allen wouldn’t let No. 6 Ohio State lose.

Allen scored 16 points, including five in the second overtime, to lead No. 7 Ohio State to an 80-72 victory over Boston College on Tuesday night.

“I had to be intense,” Allen said of her pivotal three-point play with 1:06 left that put the Buckeyes ahead 77-72. “I just went after it, I saw it and I took it.”

The Buckeyes (3-0) survived despite blowing a 17-point lead in the final 4:11 of regulation. Kindyll Dorsey hit three 3-pointers in a span of 30 seconds in the final minute to fuel the furious comeback by the Eagles (3-1).

“We decided we wanted to lull them to sleep a little bit – we tried to make it exciting,” BC coach Cathy Inglese said with a smile.

In two of the past three years, higher-seeded Ohio State teams have lost to Boston College in the NCAA tournament. It appeared the Eagles might have the Buckeyes’ number once again after their fast finish.

In the second overtime, Allen opened the scoring with a basket inside and then later added a critical three-point play with 1:06 left – after Ohio State’s two-time All-American center, Jessica Davenport, had fouled out. Her three-point play gave the Buckeyes some breathing room.

“Jess is so good, but Allen did a lot of nice things,” Inglese said. “She plays with a lot of confidence.”

Brandie Hoskins led the Buckeyes with 20 points. Hoskins had torn her right Achilles tendon in the waning moments the last time the teams met in the second round of the NCAA tournament last March.

“We responded well after they pushed it into the (first) overtime,” Hoskins said. “We talked about executing on offense and working harder on defense.”

Kathrin Ress had 23 points and 10 rebounds for Boston College before fouling out, while Dorsey had 21 and Elisabeth Egnell had 16. Sarah Marshall added 11 assists.

Dorsey, who had scored 24 points to lead the upset last spring, said she and her teammates never doubted they could come back.

“We knew we could do it. We just kept running, running, running,” she said. “Sarah’s just amazing as a point guard. She just kept getting me the ball.”

Davenport had 19 points and 11 rebounds before fouling out in the second overtime.

The Buckeyes led 55-38 after two free throws by freshman point guard Maria Moeller with 4:11 remaining.

The Eagles surged to get close and then Dorsey hit three 3-pointers in the final 41 seconds, the last coming at the 13-second mark to tie the game at 59-59.

“We were just trying to play defense and get some stops,” Davenport said.

After Hoskins hit two foul shots with 11.1 seconds left, the Eagles forced overtime when Laura Lokitis hit a 5-footer in traffic with 1.7 seconds left.

Ress then intercepted the Ohio State inbounds pass and got off a decent shot but it was wide of the mark.

Ohio State trailed throughout the first overtime, but finally pulled even at 70 with 19.1 seconds left when Davenport hit a 10-foot baseline jumper. Boston College set up for a final shot but Marshall’s fallaway jumper with 4 seconds left hit the side of the backboard.

The Buckeyes were unable to get off a shot after that.

Ress fouled out early in the first overtime. Her absence permitted the taller Buckeyes to feed the ball to Davenport inside. But the Eagles still didn’t buckle.

“The heart and desire of our kids showed in today’s game,” Inglese said. “I can’t explain how happy I am. We didn’t give up.”

Davenport’s lob pass resulted in Allen’s field goal at the outset of the second overtime and then Davenport was fouled off an Allen pass and hit two foul shots.

But then Davenport fouled out on Egnell’s driving layup.

Allen’s power move off a pass from Marscilla Packer with just over a minute left pushed the lead to five points and then Hoskins scored on a breakaway layup.