Dowdell leads No. 24 Va. Tech over Miami
oral Gables, FL (Sports Network) – Zabian Dowdell scored a career-high 30
points, going 15-of-18 from the foul line, as 24th-ranked Virginia Tech held
off the Miami Hurricanes, 92-85, at BankUnited Center.
Deron Washington added 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Hokies (15-5, 5-1
ACC), who have won six of their last seven games. A.D. Vassallo had 16 points
for Virginia Tech, which went 34-of-42 from the free throw line.
Denis Clemente had a career-best 24 points for the Hurricanes (9-12, 2-5), who
have lost four in a row. Jack McClinton added 18 points, Raymond Hicks 16 and
Brian Asbury 14 for Miami.
The Hokies raced to a 13-2 lead less than five minutes in, and the margin
reached 21 later in the half, the last time at 38-17 following Robert
Krabbendam’s layup with 4:38 left.
Miami pulled within 42-29 at the break and quickly made it a single-digit
contest. The Hurricanes got as close as four down the stretch, the last time
at 78-74 after McClinton’s layup with under three minutes remaining.
Down 82-77 after a pair of foul shots from Hicks with 1:27 left, the Hokies
took control. Washington converted a three-point play, and after McClinton hit
a jumper, Washington made another layup and a free throw for an 88-79 margin
with under a minute left.
The Hokies shot 58.1 percent for the game, compared to 44.8 percent for Miami.