Sunday, January 27, 2008

SATURDAY HOOP

VIRGINIA TECH 81, BOSTON COLLEGE 73 OT

Big win for Hokies after a tough night with Duke. VT gets Jeff Allen back for next game.

Hank Thorns scored nine of his 11 points in overtime and Deron Washington had 19 points and eight rebounds to lift Virginia Tech to an 81-73 win over Boston College on Saturday.

J.T. Thompson and A.D. Vassallo each scored 14 points for the Hokies (12-8 overall, 3-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) in the team's first win in Conte Forum after six consecutive losses.

Tyrese Rice led the Eagles (12-6, 3-2) with 27 points. Rakim Sanders had 17, including a 3-pointer with 3.6 seconds left in regulation that sent the game to OT.

Virginia Tech's Deron Washington, right, goes up for a shot against the defensive efforts of Boston College's Tyrelle Blair, left, and Rakim Sanders, obscured, in the first half of a college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 26, 2008 in Boston. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)

N.C. STATE 69, FLORIDA STATE 66

Freshman J.J. Hickson sank two free throws with 9.6 seconds left and then blocked a Toney Douglas layup try at the other end of the floor Saturday to boost North Carolina State to a 69-66 victory over Florida State.

Courtney Fells' 3-point shot had tied the game at 66 with 40 seconds left before Hickson's two free throws make it 68-66 and Javier Gonzalez added a free throw with 2.2 seconds left after Hickson's game-saving block.

North Carolina State (13-6, 2-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) shot 46.5 percent while Florida State (13-8, 2-4) hit just 36.8 percent of its shots.

The Seminoles were cruising in the first half with a nine point lead, and then they stopped scoring…for the last five minutes. In some forty years of watching hoop, we’ve seen some tongue lashings by coaches, but before halftime FSU coach Leonard Hamilton lit into his players like nothing previously seen. Several players ears were actually smoking…

We assumed, based on the outcome, that the yelling continued in the second half…

North Carolina State's J J Hickson shoots and scores past Florida State defenders Ryan Reid, left and Isaiah Swann in the first half . (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)




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