Jan. 31, 2009
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Sophomore Rakim Sanders converted an offensive rebound into the game-winning basket with 0.4 seconds remaining to lift Boston College to a 67-66 ACC win over Virginia Tech before 8,428 fans in Conte Forum.
Sanders rebounded a Tyrese Rice miss in the lane and, in midair, scored a putback basket to give BC the victory.
Virginia Tech (14-7, 4-3 ACC) had gained a 66-65 on two free throws from senior A.D. Vassallo with 14.5 seconds to play.
BC had claimed a 62-58 advantage on two Joe Trapani free throws with 2:33 remaining. The Eagles appeared to thwart the Hokies on their next possession when Trapani rebounded the miss of a Malcolm Delaney shot, but Trapani was whistled for an offensive foul after corralling the rebound (with 2:08 to play). The foul was Trapani's fifth and final foul.
Virginia Tech scored on its next two possessions to even the score at 62-62, and then gained a two-point cushion on two Vassallo free throws with 51.0 seconds left.
BC (17-6, 5-3 ACC) temporarily regained the lead - 65-64 - on a Rice three-point play with 38.4 seconds to play.
The host Eagles took a 53-47 advantage when freshman Reggie Jackson scored off an offensive rebound with 7:09 remaining. The Hokies used an 8-2 run to tie the game at 55-55 with 4:06 left.
Trapani then scored BC's next seven points - on a three-point field goal, a dunk and two free throws - while the Eagles limited Virginia Tech to one free throw and one field goal, giving BC a 62-58 edge.
BC claimed its biggest lead - eight points (21-13) - on two Corey Raji free throws with 3:02 left in the first half, but Virginia Tech finished the half with an 8-2 run to trim the margin to 23-21 at the intermission.
The Eagles got a big lift from junior Tyler Roche early in the second half. Roche scored the team's first seven points - on a three-point field goal, two free throws and one more field goal - to give BC a 44-39 lead with 11:38 left.
BC never surrendered the lead until Virginia Tech tied the score with 4:06 left.
Game Notes: The win marked the Eagles' fourth straight ACC triumph ... Rice led the Eagles with 16 points and five assists ... Trapani finished with 13 points ... Sanders contributed 12 points, including the decisive hoop ... Roche notched 10 points and four rebounds. The game marked his third double-figure scoring effort of the season. He registered two double-figure games during the 2007-08 season ... Sophomore Cortney Dunn grabbed a career-high seven rebounds in 23 minutes of action ... BC gained a 35-33 rebounding advantage. Just two weeks earlier, the Hokies outrebounded BC by nine boards ... Raji tallied seven points and a team-high nine rebounds ... Among tonight's 8,428 fans were two of the program's six 2,000-point scorers - Danya Abrams '97 and Craig Smith '06 ... Rice's five assists moved him into a third-place tie with Howard Eisley '94 on the program's career assist list (with 544 assists).