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March 1, 2011
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - Reggie Jackson scored 20 points and Boston College beat Virginia Tech 76-61 on Tuesday night, sweeping the season series from the Hokies.
Corey Raji added 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Eagles (18-11, 8-7 Atlantic Coast Conference), who beat the Hokies 58-56 at home on Feb. 5. This time, BC led most of the way and used an 18-4 run to ice it after the Hokies closed to within 45-39 with 16 minutes left.
The Hokies (19-9, 9-6), coming off a 64-60 victory against then-No. 1 Duke on Saturday night that enhanced their NCAA tournament credentials significantly, couldn't follow it up. They appeared out of sync from the start and trailed by at least five for all but 5 minutes.
Erick Green led Virginia Tech with 21 points. Malcolm Delaney, one of three seniors honored before possibly his final home game, added 17 and fellow senior Jeff Allen had 14.
The Eagles, in their own battle to beef up their postseason credentials, began the night tied with Maryland for sixth in the league standings, and having also swept the Terrapins.
The Hokies trailed 35-27 at halftime and closed within five twice in the opening minutes. First, Delaney's 3-pointer made it 35-30, and then one by Green made it 38-33.
But Jackson answered Green's shot with a basket and Gabe Moton followed a turnover by Virginia Tech with a driving basket, and the Hokies never got closer than six again.
CHARLOTTESVILLE-Freshman guard Joe Harris scored a game-high 19 points, senior guard Mustapha Farrakhan had 15 points and senior forward Will Sherrill had a season-high 14 points and a team-high eight rebounds to lead Virginia to a 69-58 Atlantic Coast Conference victory over NC State on Senior Night at John Paul Jones Arena.
Junior guard Sammy Zeglinski added 10 points for the Cavaliers who improved to 15-14 overall with the win and 6-9 in the ACC. Virginia's six ACC wins are its most since the 2006-07 season (11-5, T-1st). The Cavaliers have won three of their last four games.
Senior guard Javier Gonzalez led NC State with 16 points and senior forward Tracy Smith had 10 points. Sophomore forward Richard Howell had a game-high 10 rebounds for the Wolfpack.
The loss drops the Wolfpack's overall record to 15-14 and NC State is now 5-10 in the ACC.
Seniors Farrakhan and Sherrill were instrumental in Virginia's victory. Farrakhan hit a key three-point field goal with 3:23 remaining in the game to give the Cavaliers a 59-50 lead and Sherrill was 5-7 from the field, including 4-5 from three-point range, in a career-high 37 minutes.
The 19 points by Harris and 14 points and eight rebounds by Sherrill are their highs in an ACC game.
After leading by four points at halftime, UVa led by as many as 13 points in the second half at 50-37 with 11:18 left to play. The Wolfpack rallied to within six points on two occasions, the last time just before Farrakhan's three-point basket with 3:23 left in the game. The Cavaliers scored their last 10 points at the free throw line where they were 10-12 in the last 2:11 of the game.