Boston College 86, Virginia Tech 75By Chris Lang, The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – Wed, Jan 9, 2013 9:20 PM EST
BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Ryan Anderson scored 26 points and Boston College snapped an eight-game ACC road losing streak, beating short-handed Virginia Tech 86-75 Wednesday night at Cassell Coliseum. Boston College's victory was its second true road win this year. The Eagles beat Penn State in State College in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge in November. Virginia Tech played without starting guard Robert Brown, who had a high temperature at the shootaround and was sent home. The loss of Brown left the Hokies with six scholarship players. Forward Marshall Wood missed his fifth consecutive game due to a broken bone in his left foot. Erick Green finished with 24 points and nine assists to lead the Hokies (9-6, 0-2 ACC), who lost their fourth straight game. Jarell Eddie added 21 points for Virginia Tech. Boston College (9-6, 1-1) led by 12 early in the second half but had to fight off a Virginia Tech rally. Poor Boston College shot selection allowed the Hokies to hang around, and Virginia Tech pulled within 61-58 with 7:02 left when Green found a wide-open C.J. Barksdale for a dunk. Virginia Tech got a stop, and Green tried to run an isolation play on the Hokies' next possession. However, he lost the ball, and Anderson scored on the other end on a transition outlet to push the lead back to five. The Eagles kept Virginia Tech at arm's length the rest of the way. Boston College scored 29 points off of 17 Virginia Tech turnovers. Lonnie Jackson scored 22 points and Olivier Hanlan added 17 for the Eagles. The Eagles shook off a slow start and used a 15-3 spurt -- including a 10-0 half-ending run -- to take a 32-26 lead at the break. Green's high-arcing jumper with 5:33 left in the half put the Hokies up 23-17. Virginia Tech went ice cold the rest of the half, the team's only basket coming at the 3:56 mark when Will Johnston hit a 3-pointer to put the Hokies up 26-22. The Eagles subsequently took command. Boston College took the lead on a Hanlan free throw and pushed it to 32-26 at the break on a Dennis Clifford dunk with three seconds left in the half. NOTES: Boston College's last ACC road win was at Virginia Tech in the 2010-11 season. ... Entering Wednesday's game, 93 percent of BC's minutes came from freshmen and sophomores. All five starters Wednesday were underclassmen. ... Barksdale, who was benched in the Hokies' last game at Maryland due to poor effort in practice and games, was back in the starting lineup Wednesday.
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