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Men's Basketball Loses at Virginia Tech, 79-71

Virginia Tech's Dorenzo Hudson (5) battles for a rebound with Boston College's Joe Trapani (12). (AP Photo/The Roanoke Times, Justin Cook)

Virginia Tech's Dorenzo Hudson (5) battles for a rebound with Boston College's Joe Trapani (12). (AP Photo/The Roanoke Times, Justin Cook)

Jan. 17, 2009

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - Jeff Allen scored a career-high 30 points and grabbed nine rebounds and Virginia Tech held Boston College to just one field goal in the final three minutes to pull away in a 79-71 win on Saturday.

Boston College (13-6, 1-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) tied the score at 54-54 on two free throws by Joe Trapani with under 13 minutes to play in the second half, but the Eagles never took the lead. Trapani's 3-pointer cut the Hokies' lead to 70-68 with 3:07 left.

But Virginia Tech (12-5, 2-1) hit 9 of 13 free throws in the final minute to pull away. BC's only points in the final three minutes came when Tyrese Rice hit a 3-pointer with 16.8 seconds left to cut the Tech lead to 77-71.

Allen shot 11-for-16 from the floor. Trapani finished with a career-high 23 for the Eagles.

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