Boston College 58, Virginia Tech 56: Joe Trapani, Eagles Fend Off Hokies

Joe Trapani scored 14 points and amassed nine rebounds as Boston College edged Virginia Tech, 58-56, in an important ACC contest at Conte Forum on Saturday afternoon. Jeff Allen racked up 25 points and 19 rebounds and Malcolm Delaney scored 19 points for Virginia Tech. Read more at BC Interruption and Gobbler Country.

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Boston College 58, Virginia Tech 56: Eagles Fend Off Hokies

CHESTNUT HILL - Reggie Jackson knew how important Saturday's game against Virginia Tech was. In essence, it was a much win situation. Win, and Boston College still had a shot at the NCAA tournament. Lose, and that would be the end of the Eagles' tournament dreams.

That being the case, Jackson and company were not going to let this one slip away. It went down to the final seconds and took an entire team effort, but in the end Jackson's squad emerged with a much-needed, hard-fought win, 58-56, over the Hokies at Conte Forum on Saturday afternoon.

"A lot," Jackson said when asked how much his team needed this win. "If we didn't win this, we're probably not significant in the league anymore ]and] probably don't have a chance to go to the big dance. We needed this to boost our confidence, our egos and get back on the right track."

Jackson finished with 10 points and four assists after being held scoreless through the first 30 minutes. Regardless of Jackson's poor start, the Eagles (15-8, 5-4 ACC) held a slim 27-24 advantage at halftime, and Jackson finished the game 4-of-13 from the field after going 0-for-3 in the first half.

"We were up, Joe was getting us going, everybody was contributing," said Jackson. "I really could care less [about my scoring]. I just want to win."

Joe Trapani lead the Eagles with 14 points and nine rebounds. Josh Southern chipped in with a solid performance in the post, totaling seven points and five rebounds. Biko Paris scored eight points and Corey Raji added five points and eight rebounds for BC.

"We were fortunate, but I think we played hard [defense], so I think we deserve this win, too," Trapani said.

The Eagles shot 44% from the floor while making 7-of-20 threes (35%). BC racked up 32 rebounds (25 defensive), 11 assists, six blocks and two steals while turning the ball over eight times.

"I thought we did a terrific job for most of the game on the defensive end, with the exception of the offensive rebounds," said Eagles head coach Steve Donahue. "I'm just really proud of how we came back and played defense, mostly man, [we were] solid, [had] great communication, and then executed for the most part on the offensive end."

Jeff Allen had a career night for the Hokies (15-7, 5-4 ACC), finishing with 25 points and a school-record (in ACC play) 19 rebounds. Malcolm Delaney, the Hokies' leading scorer, finished with 19 points after being held to  two points on two free throws in the first half.

"Of course we know those are great players," Jackson said about Allen and Delaney. "Jeff Allen had ridiculous numbers. He's a monster. Delaney, we tried to contain him as long as we could, but I know personally for me and Joe, any 1-4 combo, particularly in the nation and our league, we're going to do our best defensively and let things come on offense. We took that personally."

Virginia Tech made only 34.5% of its shots (20-of-58) while sinking 3-of-14 threes (21.4%), all of which Delaney made. The Hokies had 40 rebounds (16 offensive), six assists, three steals, two blocks and six turnovers.

Boston College opened the game on a 16-8 run that spanned ten minutes, but Virginia Tech closed out the half with a 16-11 run of their own to trim the Eagles' halftime lead to three.

Behind a 17-point second half performance from Delaney, the Hokies outscored the Eagles, 32-31, in the final twenty minutes. Virginia Tech took its first lead, 49-48, on a Delaney three-pointer with 5:35 left. BC pulled away to take a 56-51 lead on a free throw from Southern with 2:26 remaining, but Delaney hit back-to-back shots, a three and a long two, to trim to Hokies' deficit to 58-56 with 56 seconds to go.

Delaney had a prime opportunity to tie the game at the free throw line with 24 ticks left, but missed the first of the one-and-one. Luckily, Allen was there to grab the rebound, giving Virginia Tech new life.

"It started with us not boxing out and rebounding," Trapani said. "That was our board, and we weren't able to box out. I take responsibility for that personally."

Delaney got the ball back and went for the layup, but Trapani was there to block it. Terrell Bell (seven points) grabbed the rebound and the Hokies round Erick Green wide open from the perimeter, but Green's shot missed. Bell was forced to foul Biko Paris with one second left, and Paris missed the free throw. However, the Hokies couldn't get the ball for a last-second heave, sealing the Eagles' victory.

"We were fortunate, but I think we played hard [defense], so I think we deserve this win, too," Trapani said.

The Eagles were outscored in the paint, 32-26, and were blown away in second chance baskets, 21-7. However, BC's bench contributed 16 points while holding the Hokies' bench scoreless. Remarkably, neither team scored a fast break basket.

Boston College returns to action on Tuesday when it faces ACC opponent Clemson. Virginia Tech is off until next Sunday when it hosts conference rival Georgia Tech.

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Virginia Tech Vs. Boston College: Eagles Lead Hokies, 27-24, At Halftime

CHESTNUT HILL - Jeff Allen scored 13 first-half points to lead all scorers, but it wasn’t enough to put Virginia Tech on top, and the Hokies trail Boston College, 27-24, entering halftime.

Joe Trapani led Boston College with nine points. Josh Southern scored five points and has been an effective option in the low post. Reggie Jackson, the Eagles leader in scoring, assists and steals, was held scoreless in the first half. He missed all three of his shots.

Malcolm Delaney, the Hokies’ leading scorer, was held to two points. Terrell Bell scored seven points and Victor Davila added two points for Virginia Tech.

Boston College shot 44% while Virginia Tech sank 30% of its shots in the opening half.

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Virginia Tech Vs. Boston College: Greetings From Conte Forum

CHESTNUT HILL - The tides have certainly turned for Steve Donahue and company. After a strong start, Boston College finds itself riding a three-game losing streak entering Saturday’s match-up with ACC foe Virginia Tech at Conte Forum.

Virginia Tech enters the game at 15-6 (5-3 ACC) while BC comes in at 14-8 (4-4 ACC). The Eagles have lost to Florida State, Duke and North Carolina on their current losing streak.

It’s imperative for BC to end this skid, and soon, if they want to have a shot at receiving a bid to the NCAA Tournament come March. Unfortunately, beating Virginia Tech won’t be easy.

PREDICTION: Virginia Tech and Boston College have both been headed in different directions as of late, and I see no reason why they would reverse course now. Malcolm Delaney will bring his best game into Conte Forum, and the Eagles won’t be able to overcome it. Final: Virginia Tech 84, Boston College 73.

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Virginia Tech Vs. Boston College: Struggling Eagles Face Hokies At Conte Forum

A strong start has quickly turned into an agonizing slump for Steve Donahue and the Boston College men's basketball team. After jumping out to an impressive 13-4 start, the Eagles have lost four of their last five games and have dropped their last three contests.

Boston College looks to right the ship when it hosts Malcolm Delaney and ACC foe Virginia Tech at Conte Forum on Saturday at 1 p.m. EST (WEEI).

The Eagles hold an 11-7 advantage in the all-time series against Virginia Tech. The series dates back to 1981, and Boston College lost the first ever meeting between the two schools, 75-70, on December 29th. BC won the last meeting at Conte Forum, 80-60, on February 24, 2010. However, Virginia Tech topped the Eagles, 63-62, in their first match-up of the 2010 season on January 23rd. BC is 8-1 at Conte Forum when playing Virginia Tech.

BC is 5-5 against Virginia Tech since joining the ACC in 2005. The Eagles bested the Hokies in their first three meetings as conference opponents in 2006 and 2007, but Virginia Tech rolled off four straight wins from 2007 to 2009. The Eagles ended the losing streak with a 67-66 win at Conte Forum on January 31, 2009.

Coming off an embarrassing 106-74 loss to No. 23 North Carolina, Boston College (14-8, 4-4 ACC) is in desperate need of a win if it hopes to grab an NCAA tournament bid. Not only have the Eagles dropped four of their last five games, but each loss came against an ACC opponent. BC started conference play with a 4-1 record but have since lost to conference rivals Florida State, Duke and UNC.

Reggie Jackson continues to lead the Eagles in scoring (18 PPG), assists (4.9 APG) and steals (1.1), but has struggled as of late. In the Eagles' loss against Florida State, Jackson finished with 13 points and seven assists. Against Duke, Jackson had only seven points and six assists after being benched for the start of the first and second halves. In the UNC loss, Jackson finished with a season-low six points and three assists.

Joe Trapani is second in scoring, averaging 14.6 points, and leads the Eagles in rebounding with 7.4 boards per contest. Corey Raji is third in scoring (12.7 PPG) and is second in rebounding (6.5 RPG). Biko paris is the Eagles' only other double-digit scorers, averaging 10.9 points.

Virginia Tech (15-6, 5-3 ACC) is fresh off of a 77-69 win over ACC rival N.C. State on Wednesday. Delaney scored 22 points on 7-of-16 shooting to pace the Hokies, who shot 40.9% from the field and 25% from beyond the arc.

The Hokies opened the season by losing four of their first eight games. They found their stride, though, winning six games in a row and eleven of their last 13 contests. Virginia Tech has won its last two against Miami (72-68) and N.C. State.

Delaney is the Hokies' leading scorer, averaging 18.3 points, and also averages a team-best 4.5 assists. He is shooting 43.5% from the field this season and 41.3% from long distance. Jeff Allen is second in scoring with 12.6 points and also averages a team-high 9.6 rebounds. Erick Green averages 10.9 points and Dorenzo Hudson averages 1.4 points.

The Eagles head back on the road to face Clemson in their next game on February 8th while the Hokies return home to face Georgia Tech next Sunday.

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