Men's Basketball Edges Virginia Tech, 58-56
Feb. 5, 2011
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Senior Joe Trapani totaled 14 points and nine rebounds and junior Reggie Jackson scored 10 second-half points to lead Boston College to a 58-56 ACC win over Virginia Tech before 6,328 fans in Conte Forum.
Jackson netted all of his points in the final 11:07. The junior's final field goal with 1:09 to play proved to be the decisive points.
The game featured five ties and four lead changes - all in the second half. Virginia Tech (15-7, 5-4 ACC) took its final lead - 49-48 - on a Malcolm Delaney three-pointer with 5:33 remaining.
Boston College (15-8, 5-4 ACC) answered with consecutive treys - one each by Jackson (5:03 left) and Trapani (4:26) - to claim a 54-49 advantage.
After the Hokies' Jeff Allen hit two free throws and BC's Josh Southern converted a lay-in to keep the margin at five points, Delaney sank another trey to narrow the BC lead to two points at 56-54 with 1:29 left.
Jackson scored in the lane to give BC a four-point cushion, and then Delaney responded with a jump shot to trim the lead back to two. There were no points scored after that Delaney field goal.
BC missed two shots on its next possession, and Virginia Tech's attempt to tie or win fell short after one missed free throw, one missed field goal with 24 seconds left and errant three-point shot in the final seconds.
The host Eagles led for the entire first half. BC took its biggest lead of the day - 10 points (22-12) - on a Danny Rubin three-pointer with 7:18 left. BC settled for a 27-24 halftime advantage.
Game Notes: Each of the nine BC players that saw game action scored at least three points. Senior Corey Raji totaled four points and eight rebounds, while Southern finished with seven points and five rebounds ... Freshman Gabe Moton provided a spark off the bench with six points and two rebounds in 20 minutes ... BC's reserves contributed 16 points, while Virginia Tech's (three) reserves did not score ... Virginia Tech senior Jeff Allen totaled 25 points and 19 rebounds. His rebound total equaled the second-highest rebound total in Conte Forum history. Two players, including BC's Danya Abrams (1-22-94), have registered 20 rebounds, while BC's Ryan Sidney grabbed 19 rebounds (12-4-02).