BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP)—Jared Dudley is showing Boston College that he can be its top scoring option.
With leading scorer Craig Smith limited to 28 minutes by foul trouble, Dudley scored 26 points and made two foul shots with five seconds left to give the No. 15 Eagles a 74-73 victory over Virginia Tech on Saturday night.
“Last two games, he’s been playing like a first-team, all-league player,” Eagles coach Al Skinner said. Dudley had a season-high 28 points in Boston College’s 83-81 loss to No. 2 Duke on Wednesday.
The Hokies had taken the lead at 73-72 with 36.7 seconds left on a layup by Jamon Gordon and had a chance to win it. But Zabian Dowdell’s try for a 3-pointer from the left corner at the buzzer hit the front of the rim.
“I gave it my best shot, so I’ve got nothing to hang my head about,” said Dowdell, who led the Hokies with 20 points.
“I may have rushed it a bit, with there being only five seconds left on the clock. It’s just one of those things. You have one chance at it and unfortunately it didn’t go in. It’s one I feel I can make eight out of 10 times, but I just missed it.”
Dudley scored 20 of his points in the first half to lead the Eagles (17-5, 5-4).
“I thought the first half Dudley was tougher than us, but I thought the second half we matched his toughness,” said Hokies coach Seth Greenberg, whose team had won its last two conference games.
Smith was plagued by foul trouble and scored 12 points for the Eagles—six under his average.
Dowdell had 20 points for the Hokies. Gordon and freshman A.D. Vassallo each had 14, and Wynton Witherspoon added 11.
Coleman Collins, the Hokies’ scoring and rebounding leader who missed the last two games while spending time with his critically ill father in Georgia, had seven points and seven rebounds in his return.
The Eagles held a 48-43 halftime lead that they stretched to 57-49 with a little over 16 minutes left on a basket by Akida McLain, but the Hokies came back to take the lead at 62-61 with 12:03 left on a 3-pointer by Deron Washington.
Dudley answered with a basket to put the Eagles up again, but Dowdell then hit two foul shots.
Louis Hinnant then hit a 3-pointer and another basket and Dudley hit two foul shots to stretch the Eagles’ margin to 70-64. But Collins made two layups and a foul shot to keep the Hokies in the game, setting up the exciting finish.
The Eagles shot 61.3 percent in the first half but only 40 percent after intermission. The Hokies were 52.9 percent and 45.5 percent.