Virginia Tech 57

(14-15, 4-12 ACC)

(12) Boston College 59

(24-6, 11-5 ACC)

    12:00 PM ET, March 4, 2006

    Silvio O. Conte Forum, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

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    VT 29 2857
    #12BC 22 3759

    Top Performers

    Virginia Tech: J. Gordon 21 Pts, 9 Reb, 3 Ast, 4 Stl

    Boston College: J. Dudley 16 Pts, 9 Reb, 4 Ast

    No. 12 BC edges Hokies in regular-season finale

    BOSTON (AP) -- Same shooter. Same shot. Same result.

    No. 12 Boston College escaped with a 59-57 victory over Virginia Tech on Saturday after Zabian Dowdell missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer -- a carbon copy of the finish a month ago when the teams met in Blacksburg.

    On Feb. 4, Dowdell missed from the left corner in the final seconds of BC's 74-73 victory, putting his shot off the front of the rim. So when he took the full-court inbounds pass in the left corner and dribbled free from a defender, he might have had a chance at redemption.

    But, once again, he left his shot short, and BC won.

    "They had some tall guys on me and it ended up I didn't see the basket," Dowdell said. "I had a better look the first time. It was much different this time."

    Jared Dudley had 16 points and nine rebounds and Craig Smith scored 12 for BC (24-6, 11-5 ACC) in the finale of its first Atlantic Coast Conference season. The Eagles had already clinched a bye in the first-round of the conference tournament, and Saturday's victory means the Eagles wouldn't have to play top-ranked Duke until the league championship game.

    "We're definitely going down there with the intention to win," said Louis Hinnant, who along with Smith wrapped up his home career. "If Duke is there, so be it."

    Jamon Gordon scored 21 and added nine rebounds for Virginia Tech (14-15, 4-12), which lost for the sixth time in eight games and fell to 0-7 against ranked teams.

    "What they are is a good basketball team," Hokies coach Seth Greenberg said. "Not too fancy. Just a good basketball team."

    The Hokies had a chance to win it after Sean Marshall shot an air ball on the second free throw with 2.3 seconds left.

    Deron Washington made a long inbounds pass to Dowdell, who dribbled once and got up a clean shot from 3-point range on the left side. But his shot hit the front of the rim, and he wound up circling the court with a pained look on his face.

    The game was the home finale for Smith and Hinnant, who in four years won more games than any other graduating class in BC history. They went 92-33, shared in two Big East titles and sent the school off to a successful start in its transition to the ACC.

    "They've been very fortunate to win a lot of basketball games here. I'm just extremely happy for them," coach Al Skinner said.

    "They'll probably be asking me for a portion of my paycheck after their careers are over," he said, adding: "I hope y'all acknowledge that I said 'after their careers are over,' so we don't have any problems."

    Smith will also leave school as one of two Eagles to amass at least 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. BC won 11 of its last 13 ACC games after starting 0-3 in the conference.

    Virginia Tech led 29-22 at the half before BC scored the first eight points of the second. The Eagles took the lead for good on Hinnant's first basket of the game -- a three-point play with 9:08 left that gave BC a 45-43 lead during a 10-0 run.

    Sean Williams' dunk gave a 52-43 lead with 5:49 left. But the Hokies cut it to four points before Hinnant hit a 3-pointer from the right wing to make it 57-49 with 3:17 left.

    BC led by four when Gordon stole a bad pass and broke away for the dunk to make it 59-57 with 27 seconds left. Dudley missed a foul shot, but Hinnant got the rebound and forced the Hokies to foul again.

    This time, Tyrese Rice made both free throws. Wynton Witherspoon scored at the other end to cut the deficit to two points, then Marshall missed his free throws -- barely hitting the rim on the first and missing everything on the second.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 57 59
    FG Made-Attempted 24-52 (.462) 23-42 (.548)
    3P Made-Attempted 3-13 (.231) 4-16 (.250)
    FT Made-Attempted 6-13 (.462) 9-20 (.450)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (0/0) 14 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 8 9

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