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Boston College had trailed for most of the game, but had the lead when it mattered most. The Eagles battled back to a three point advantage with 29 seconds remaining. Unfortunately all the work only led to more heartbreak. The ensuing possession resulted in a Dallas Elmore foul led and two Virginia Tech free throws. The next time the Eagles touched the ball Biko Paris was pick-pocketed by the Hokies.
Virginia Tech nearly booted the Eagles gift way. Victor Davila lost the ball as he positioned himself under the basket, but Dorenzo Hudson cleaned up the mess and put it in to put the Hokies up by one with five ticks to go. Reggie Jackson did boot away the Eagles’ opportunity and no one was there to clean up his mess. Time expired and BC had lost its third straight, 63-62.
Boston College trailed for all of the first half and by as many as nine in the second half. The Eagles didn’t capture their first lead until almost seven minutes into the second half. BC knew it would have a dog fight on its hands. The Hokies entered Saturday night’s game 9-0 at home and 14-3 overall.
The Eagles did have four players in finish in double figures with Reggie Jackson leading the way with 15. They also shot 55 percent from the field while holding the Hokies to under 39 percent. However, BC’s 19 turnovers outweighed its sharpshooting.
Hudson finished with a game high 18 including the most important two of the game in the final seconds giving Virginia Tech the win. Boston College is now 11-9 overall and 2-4 in the ACC. The Eagles have now lost five of its last seven. It won’t get any easier for BC. Tuesday night it will host a hungry Clemson squad coming off two straight losses, the most recent coming at home to Duke.
Dorenzo Hudson: Surprise. Surprise. Hudson had a game high 18 points including the game winning bucket with fives seconds remaining.
Biko Paris: Scored just two points and committed five turnovers, the last of which allowed Virginia Tech to have the ball with less than 30 seconds remaining.
2.0: Reggie Jackson fumbles the ball ending any hope of a game winning buzzer beater for the Eagles.
19: Number of turnovers committed by the Eagles compared to only nine by the Hokies.
55%, 37.5%, 93%: The Eagles shot 55 percent from the field (16 points better than Virginia Tech), 37.5 percent from deep (more than 12 points better), and 93 percent from the charity stripe (almost 15 points better) and still lost to the Hokies.