Boston College shut out Georgetown for a 15-minute span in the first half and won, 64-49, Saturday night to extend its record to 18-0.
The eighth-ranked Eagles (7-0 Big East) are one victory short of the longest winning streak in school history -- 19 in 1968-69. They remain one of two unbeaten teams in the nation with top-ranked Illinois, which defeated Minnesota to improve to 21-0.
The Hoyas (13-6, 5-3), who lost for only the third time in 12 games, haven’t beaten a top 10 team since 1996, although they defeated No. 16 Pittsburgh earlier this month.
The Eagles went on a 13-4 run, going eight for eight from the free-throw line, to take a 55-41 lead with 2:53 left. In all, they made 15 consecutive free throws down the stretch.
The Hoyas made their first shot of the game -- Ashanti Cook’s three-point basket 52 seconds in -- and then missed their next 14 over the next 15:03 while committing 12 turnovers. The drought ended when Roy Hibbert made a fourth-chance dunk with 4:05 left in the half.
Georgetown’s 12 first-half points were the second-lowest total in Big East history. Providence had only 11 on Jan. 5, 2002, against Connecticut.