Sunday, January 24, 2010

SATURDAY ACC HOOPS

VIRGINIA TECH 63, BOSTON COLLEGE 62 – Dorenzo Hudson made a lay-up with five seconds left and the Hokies came up with a defensive stand on the final possession to outlast Boston College Saturday afternoon at Cassell Coliseum.

Boston College took a 62-59 lead on two free throws by Reggie Jackson with 29.4 seconds left, but the Hokies cut the lead to one on two free throws by Malcolm Delaney with 22.8 seconds remaining.

The Hokies then trapped BC’s Biko Paris and Jeff Allen forced a jump ball, with the possession arrow pointed the Hokies’ way. Following a timeout, Tech worked the ball inside to Victor Davila, who went up for a shot, but was stripped. Hudson grabbed the loose ball and laid it in with five seconds to go.

Jackson led BC with 15 points, hitting 6-of-7 from the floor. Three players scored 10 points for the Eagles – Corey Raji, Rakim Sanders and Dallas Elmore. BC shot 55 percent from the floor – the best by a Tech opponent this season. But the Eagles turned the ball over 20 times.

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WAKE FOREST 69, UVAJPJA (University of Virginia at John Paul Jones Arena) 57 – The still-tied-for-first-place Wahoos tried their magic on the road, but the Deacons were too much.

Ishmael Smith scored 21 points and Wake Forest jumped on Virginia early, taking a 19-point halftime lead and an eventual 12 point win at Joel Coliseum in Winton-Salem. The Deacons led the entire game, with the Cavaliers never getting within single-digits in the second half.

In addition to his 21 points on 7-of-10 shooting, Smith pulled down seven rebounds and dished out six assists. Al-Farouq Aminu posted his ACC-leading 13th double-double of the year with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Chas McFarland also had a strong performance with 16 points, 12 of those coming in the first half, to go with six rebounds.

Sylven Landesberg led Virginia with 18 points before fouling out with two minutes left in the game.

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