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February 3, 2007

BC knocks off No. 16 Virginia Tech

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BOSTON -Jared Dudley had 30 points and 11 rebounds, and Boston College coasted to an 80-59 victory over No. 16 Virginia Tech on Saturday.

The Eagles (16-6, 7-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) improved to 2-3 against ranked teams and beat one for the first time since shotblocker Sean Williams was kicked off the team Jan. 17. Virginia Tech (15-7, 6-3) has beaten North Carolina and Duke but struggled against the unranked, including consecutive losses to North Carolina State and BC.

'Tyrese Rice had 20 points and eight assists for the Eagles, including a pair of 3-pointers in the opening minutes to stake BC to a 10-1 lead. Boston College, which had been tied with Tech for second place in the ACC standings, has beaten the Hokies six times in a row.

Deron Washington scored 18 points and Zabian Dowdell scored 17 for Virginia Tech. Jamon Gordon had eight points and 10 rebounds.

Wearing its new gold uniforms, Boston College never trailed. The Eagles scored 14 consecutive points midway though the first half - eight of them by Dudley - to turn a five-point lead into a 33-14 lead.

But Dudley also picked up three fouls during that four-minute stretch, forcing him to go to the bench with 6:59 left in the first. But Virginia Tech couldn't make up any ground against a lineup that included reserves Tyrell Blair, Marquez Haynes and Tyler Roche.

Instead, BC extended its lead on an offensive rebound by Roche, leading to a Haynes' 3-pointer; Blair blocked another shot, and Rice followed a steal with a 3-pointer to make it 39-16 with 4:52 left.

The Hokies got within 13 with four minutes left before Dudley hit a 3-pointer to stop the comeback.

Tech's appearance in the rankings this season is its first in a decade, and it climbed as high as No. 16 this week. But a loss to North Carolina State on Wednesday, coupled with Saturday's loss to BC, could drop them out of the poll.

For more coverage of Virginia Tech, visit HokieHaven.com; for more coverage of Boston College, visit EagleAction.com.

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