Wednesday, January 30, 2008

VIRGINIA TECH 89, FLORIDA STATE 80

A.D. Vassallo (not pictured at left in wedding dress or Patriots' cap) scored 15 of his 22 points in the first half as Virginia Tech opened the game with an 18-4 run and didn't let mistake-prone Florida State get within single digits until too late in an 89-80 victory.

The Hokies (13-8, 4-3 ACC) led 42-24 at the half (not a misprint, FSU scored 24 points in the first half and looked like crap doing it), and by no fewer than 11 for most of the second half.

The Hokies clinched it at the free throw line, going 22-for-31 in the second half.

The Seminoles (13-9, 2-5), made 8 of 11 from 3-point territory in the second half to make it interesting, but lost for the fifth time in six games while committing 22 turnovers.

The game officials somehow thought Tech was Duke, sending the Hokies to the charity stripe 47 times in the game!

There was one photographer there from the Christiansburg News Index Record Almanac Beacon as he was on probation, and thus unable to go to Arizona for the Super Bowl. Unfortunately, he forgot to buy film…yes, film.

(Ines Gomez Mont, a reporter from TV Azteca in Mexico, wears a wedding dress as she is carried by New England Patriots center Lonie Paxton while interviewing him during media day for the Super Bowl XLII. AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Michael Chow)

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