Saturday , Mar , 04 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

No. 12 Boston College gets past Virginia Tech

Chestnut Hill, MA (Sports Network) – Jared Dudley scored 16 points and 12th-
ranked Boston College rallied in the second half to earn a 59-57 victory over
Virginia Tech in the regular-season finale for both teams at Conte Forum.

Dudley added nine rebounds and four assists while Craig Smith had 12 points on
6-of-8 shooting for the Eagles (24-6, 11-5 ACC), who will enter the Atlantic
Coast Conference tournament with eight wins in their last nine games.

Jamon Gordon racked up 21 points and nine rebounds for the Hokies (14-15,
4-12), who failed to hold a seven-point halftime lead and suffered their fifth
loss in six outings.

The Eagles trailed 43-40 with 10 minutes to play, but reeled off 12 straight
points to move in front for good.

Dudley scored inside to start the run and a three-point play by Louis Hinnant
with 9:08 to go gave Boston College a 45-43 edge. Dudley had a layup and free
throw just over a minute later before Sean Williams capped the burst with a
putback for a 52-43 lead with 5:49 remaining.

However, a three-pointer by A.D. Vassallo followed by a second-chance basket
by Gordon quickly pulled Virginia Tech within four, and the game remained
tight down the stretch.

The Eagles led 57-53 when Gordon stole the ball from Dudley and threw down a
dunk with 27 seconds left to make it a two-point game. BC’s Tyrese Rice then
made two foul shots before Wynton Witherspoon knocked down a jumper with five
seconds showing to cut the Hokies’ deficit to 59-57.

Boston College’s Sean Marshall was quickly fouled, but missed the front of a
one-and-one and Virginia Tech grabbed the rebound and got the ball out to
Zabian Dowdell, who came up short on a potential game-winning three-pointer at
the buzzer.

The Hokies embarked on a 12-2 run late in the first half and took a 25-17
advantage after Deron Washington’s bucket with 3:33 remaining before
intermission. Behind 12 points by Gordon, Virginia Tech entered the break up
29-22.

The Eagles then scored the first eight points of the second half and took a
30-29 lead on Marshall’s tip-in less than 2 1/2 minutes into the period. A
Dowdell three-pointer on the ensuing possession sent Virginia Tech quickly
back
in front.

Game Notes

Dowdell finished with 13 points…Boston College has now won five straight
from the Hokies, including a 74-73 decision in Blacksburg on February 4…The
Eagles shot 54.8 percent from the field overall and 62.5 percent in the second
half…Boston College won 11 of its final 13 ACC games after beginning the
year 0-3 in league play.

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