Friday, March 13, 2009


In the middle of the night, in front of a huge crowd of 316 people, Rakim Sanders scored 25 points and Boston College closed the first round of the ACC tournament with a win over Virginia.

The Eagles (22-10) built a 37-25 lead by halftime and coasted the rest of the way against the ACC's lowest-scoring team. Virginia finished the season 10-18, its worst since a 9-17 record in 1966-67.

Mamadi Diane led the Cavaliers with 24 points, hitting 4 of 6 from beyond the 3-point arc, but he had little offensive help. Virginia shot just 37.5 percent (21 of 56) from the field and turned it over 20 times.

Boston College advanced to face No. 9 Duke in the quarterfinals Friday night.

Virginia has been invited to the V.I.T. (Virginia Invitational Tournament) where they will scrimmage themselves in front of six alums and eleven students on Tuesday of next week.

(AP Photo/John Bazemore)

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