BOSTON, JAN. 16 -- Losing a second consecutive Big East game for the first time since the 1985-86 season, the 11th-ranked Georgetown Hoyas fell to Boston College, 68-66, tonight at Boston Garden on a 12-foot jump shot by guard Dana Barros with two seconds to play.

It was the Eagles' first victory over Georgetown in the last 10 meetings, and it almost got away. The Hoyas (11-3, 1-2 in the conference) trailed, 66-60, with 1:13 to play but got four points from Mark Tillmon and a layup by Anthony Allen to tie with 14 seconds left.

Eschewing a timeout, the Eagles inbounded to Barros, who went the length of the floor. Backing just inside the free throw line against defender Dwayne Bryant, he turned, fired and scored. The clock ran out before the Hoyas could call time.

In the final four minutes, Barros scored the last nine points for Boston College (10-5, 2-3) to end with 30 for the game. Guard Charles Smith led Georgetown with 21.

"The ball took forever to go in," Barros said of his game-winner. "It looked good when it left my hand and I watched it but it looked like it was going in slow motion. It was something that you dream of, like a shot that you make on a Nerf hoop."

Before the play, it appeared the Hoyas somehow were going to pull the game out. When the Eagles managed to get the ball up the floor against Georgetown's press, they hit 58 percent of their shots from the field.

Beating the press, though, was far from automatic and a turnover and a missed one-and-one by Boston College in the final minute or so gave the visitors a chance. But Georgetown, in its third straight road game, could not take full advantage.

"Being on the road so much is a test for young people," said Georgetown Coach John Thompson. "Tonight, we weren't able to get the adrenalin flowing and get pumped up. You have to give BC credit but we were listless, we weren't reacting properly."

Of course, it wouldn't have been a Big East game without the seemingly obligatory altercation.

Tonight's came with 16:18 to play. After a tie-up in the lane, Smith and Eagles forward Doug Able became entangled. Push led to shove, with players from both teams -- most notably Barros and Georgetown's Jaren Jackson -- milling about.

"That was really the only bad thing about the game," Thompson said. "I'm sick of fights and I made that clear when I went to the bench. Jaren shouldn't have gone out on the floor and Charles overreacted. That was frustration."

There was also another person running onto the court: Barros' girlfriend, from a courtside seat. After the game, she grinned sheepishly and said she was just "trying to protect my man."

Barros, who entered the game 34 points behind Coach Jim O'Brien for 10th on the school's all-time scoring list, was doing just fine on his own, though, especially in the final four minutes. Two free throws gave the Eagles a 61-56 margin. Jackson came back with a jumper, but Barros hit a three-point goal with only five seconds on the 45-second clock.

For the game, Barros made nine of 17 shots from the field, including two three-pointers. Back court mate Jamie Benton scored 17 points, including three of four from long range in the opening half, when he got 15 of his points.

Boston College shot a wonderful 78 percent from the field in the first half.

Smith, who had his team's last eight points of the first half, continued to sizzle after intermission, collecting three of his five three-point baskets. The first two were part of eight straight points he scored to erase a 51-43 deficit.

The rally seemed to have the Eagles reeling and logic dictated that the final minutes should belong to the Hoyas. Calling for a timeout, O'Brien and his team had to be thinking not only about Georgetown's pressure defense but also their nine straight losses to Thompson's team. The last time BC beat Georgetown was March 2, 1983, also here on the parquet floor.

As the past week may have proven, though, with Georgetown also losing at Providence and with Syracuse takings its lumps, too, the days of any top team's domination over what were considered the Big East's have-nots might be coming to an end.

"It's the craziest thing I've ever seen. You can blame Dave Gavitt," said Thompson, pointing to the Big East commissioner seated in the back of the room. "We always struggle {early in the season}. As long as at the end we get some things going.

"And if we don't, we don't. The world's not going to come to an end."