BOSTON - Iowa State coach Larry Eustachy sounded as if he couldn't believe what he just saw.
"They've got a special, special player that's real good," Eustachy said after Troy Bell scored a career-high 42 points in No. 11 Boston College's 86-81 victory over the Cyclones on Tuesday night.
"He should turn pro, so we don't have to play him next year. I encourage it," Eustachy said.
The junior guard, coming off his previous career best of 34 points in an 80-78 win over Massachusetts on Saturday, was 5-of-8 from 3-point range and 17-for-17 from the free-throw line. He was 15-for-16 from the line against UMass.
"He just felt it," Boston College coach Al Skinner said. "He felt comfortable with it."
Bell, who scored his team's final nine points and 13 of its last 16, had 21 points at halftime.
"I knew I was going to have a pretty good game," he said. "My shot's feeling pretty good. I worked hard on it all summer."
The 42 points were the most by a player in Conte Forum, which opened in 1988.
"That's Troy Bell," backcourt partner Ryan Sidney said. "Nothing more you can say."
Sidney, playing his second straight game with his jaw wired shut after breaking it in practice last Thursday, had 16 points and Uka Agbai added 11 for the Eagles. It was Boston College's 24th consecutive home win.
Bell, who had surgery on his right knee on Oct. 31, was back in the lineup for the Eagles' season-opener on Nov. 18.
"The thing about it, before he got hurt he was playing like that," Skinner said. "He was controlling the game. Then he got hurt and I don't think he felt the urgency until Ryan went down."
Tyray Pearson had 25 points and eight rebounds for Iowa State, the fifth straight game he led the Cyclones in scoring, while Jake Sullivan added 19 points.
The Eagles, who led by seven points at halftime, used a 12-3 run early in the second half to make it 60-45. Bell had a 3-pointer and two free throws in the spurt.
Iowa State closed the gap to 66-61 before Bell had two baskets 30 seconds apart to help BC regain control.