Roger McCready scored a game-high 29 points to lead Boston College to a 79-77 overtime victory over 10th-ranked St. John's last night in Boston.

Trailing, 69-67, in overtime, the Eagles took the lead for good on McCready's three-point play with 3:43 remaining. After Willie Glass failed on a field-goal attempt for St. John's, McCready followed with a basket off a missed jumper by Dana Barros to give Boston College a 72-69 lead with 2:46 to play.

The Redmen cut the deficit to 72-71 on a basket by Shelton Jones before center Troy Bowers gave the Eagles a 74-71 lead on an eight-foot jumper with 1:16 remaining.

Dominic Pressley, who finished with 13 points, sank three free throws to preserve the victory.

The Eagles improved to 10-3 overall and to 2-1 in Big East. The Redmen dropped to 14-2 overall and to 2-1 in the league. Notre Dame 78, Providence 72:

Sophomore guard David Rivers scored a game-high 22 points to lead visiting Notre Dame over Providence.

Rivers made 10 of 12 from the line, including six in the last 2:14.

The Irish, with seven rebounds each from Donald Royal and Joseph Price, outrebounded the Friars by a two-to-one margin, including 11 on the offensive backboards.

Harold Starks led Providence with 18 points, which included eight of 10 from the floor. South Alabama 63, VCU 62:

In Mobile, Ala., forward Rodney Butts sank a 15-foot shot with 52 seconds left in overtime to give the Jaguars the Sun Belt Conference win.

Virginia Commonwealth had a chance to win the game after Butts' shot, but a 15-footer by Brian Bender fell short with seven seconds to play and South Alabama's Jose Waitman grabbed the rebound.

The Rams nearly won the game in regulation when forward Michael Brown scored on a layup with six seconds to play to make it 56-54 VCU. However, South Alabama freshman Jeff Hodge then hit a jumper from the top of the key.

South Alabama is 11-5 and 1-0 and VCU 2-7 and 0-1. Pittsburgh 81, Seton Hall 66:

Curtis Aiken scored 22 points and Pitt came up with a 14-2 run early in the second half to beat Seton Hall in East Rutherford, N.J.

Pitt was sluggish for the first 24 minutes of the game and fell behind, 38-37, with 16:29 to play.

But the Panthers suddenly came to life. Charles Smith scored his first two points of the game on free throws to give Pitt a 39-38 lead with 16:03 to go.