PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (Ticker) -- Providence dug itself far too big a hole.
Freshman Jared Dudley had 15 points and eight rebounds as Boston College raced to a 20-point lead in the first half and went on to a 63-54 victory over No. 13 Providence in a Big East Conference contest.
Craig Smith added 12 points and eight rebounds for the Eagles (21-8, 10-6), who extended their winning streak to five games and boosted their case for an NCAA Tournament berth.
Boston College took control early, building a 29-9 lead on a basket by freshman Steve Hailey with 5:36 left.
"That's not what you look at," Boston College coach Al Skinner said of the big early lead. "You look at the final score. You look at the fact that they're going to come back."
The Friars fought back, using an 11-1 run in the second half to cut the lead to 40-34 on a layup by Sheiku Kabba with 9:40 left. Providence moved within six points on several other occasions, but could get no closer.
Kabba and Ryan Gomes scored 13 points for Providence (20-7, 11-5), which was unable to bounce back from an 88-61 loss to Pittsburgh on Tuesday. The defeat will force the Friars to settle for third in the upcoming Big East tournament.
"We tried to put things behind us," Gomes said of Tuesday's defeat. "Maybe we did that only 90 percent."
The Eagles also avenged a 61-52 loss to Providence on February 14.
"I think they disrespected us a little at the end of the game up at our place," Dudley said. "Gomes was waving the ball and showing the ball and I remembered that. I think we all remembered that."
The Friars shot a dismal 3-for-22 from 3-point range, with Donnie McGrath making just 1-of-8.
Providence cut the lead to 54-48 on two free throws by Kabba with 1:59 left, but the Eagles regained a more comfortable cushion when Jermaine Watson made 1-of-2 free throws and Hailey sank a pair from the line.
The Eagles improved to 5-3 on the road in Big East play.