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Eagles clip Hokies on late 3-pointer

January 11th, 2014 2:42 pm by Associated Press

Eagles clip Hokies on late 3-pointer

BLACKSBURG — Lonnie Jackson hit a 3-pointer with 27.4 seconds left to give the Boston College men's basketball team the lead, and the Eagles pulled away for a 62-59 win over Virginia Tech on Saturday.

BC (5-11, 1-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) snapped a four-game losing streak. The Eagles had lost seven of their previous eight games.

Virginia Tech (8-7, 1-2) had taken a 59-58 lead on a 3-pointer by C.J. Barksdale with 1:36 remaining. But after a timeout, Jackson hit the 3 — his only points of the second half.

Jackson led the Eagles with 17 points. Olivier Hanlan added 14.

The Hokies had a chance to tie or take the lead. Virginia Tech called a timeout with 22.8 seconds left, but with two seconds remaining, Adam Smith missed a jumper that would have tied it. The Hokies fouled Joe Rahon, who made 1 of 2 from the free throw line with a second left.

BC sent the Hokies to their fourth loss in the past five games, and in none of the four losses have the Hokies scored 60 points. Virginia Tech shot just 28.6 percent in the second half (8-of-28) and 35.1 percent for the game (20-of-57). The Hokies also missed nine free throws.

"We had looks, but we just haven't been shooting the ball well lately," Virginia Tech coach James Johnson said. "We need to start making some shots. We left a lot of points out there — layups, open shots, free throws. We left a lot of points out there."

Smith led the Hokies with 12 points, and Barksdale added 11. Jarell Eddie, Virginia Tech's leading scorer at 16.6 points per game, scored 10 for the Hokies but made just 3 of 14 attempts from the floor.


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