Thursday, March 19, 2009


VIRGINIA TECH 116, DUQUESNE 108 2OT – A.D. Vassallo scored 33 points and the Hokies (19-14) scored on their first five possessions in the second overtime to overcome a huge night from Duquesne's Aaron Jackson who scored a career-high 46 points.

Duquesne (21-13), making its first postseason appearance since the 1994 NIT, closed out its best season since the 1971 team went 21-4.

Jeff Allen added 23 points for Virginia Tech, which led by six with under a minute to go in the first overtime. But the Dukes rallied and tied the game at 94 on Jackson's layup with less than 2 seconds left.

In the second overtime, Vassallo scored 10 points and the Hokies made all 10 of their free throws to put the game away.

Jackson hit 15-of-25 from the floor, including 8-of-13 from beyond the 3-point arc. He also hit 8-of-9 from the free-throw line and had four assists.

The Hokies led by 13 with seven minutes to go in regulation, but the Dukes used a 17-4 run to tie the game.

MIAMI 78, PROVIDENCE 66 – Jack Jack McClinton made seven 3-pointers and scored 25 points lead Miami to a 78-66 victory over Providence in the first round of the NIT on Wednesday.

Dwayne Collins had 12 rebounds and Lance Hurdle added 12 points for the Hurricanes (19-12), who outrebounded the Friars 44-35.

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