February 5, 2011
Hokies drop close one at BC, 58-56
Allen sets school mark in loss

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Virginia Tech lost to Boston College, 58-56, in the Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill, Mass., on Saturday afternoon. With the loss, the Hokies fall to 15-7 overall and 5-4 in ACC play, while Boston College improves to 15-8 overall and 5-4 in league action.

The Hokies trailed by as many as 10 points in the first half, but battled back to make it a three-point game at intermission. Tech was able to take the lead twice in the second half, but could not hold on. The Hokies took a 49-48 lead with 5:35 remaining on a three-pointer by Malcolm Delaney, but BC hit a number of tough shots down the stretch to claim a 58-56 lead with 56 seconds to play. Tech regained possession with24 second remaining and held for a final shot, but Erick Green’s three-pointer with four seconds remaining was off the mark and BC held on for the victory.

Jeff Allen led all scorers with 25 points and set a Virginia Tech school mark for rebounds in an ACC game with 19 boards. Delaney added 19 points, 17 of which came in the second half. Joe Trapani led the Eagles with 14 points. Allen, who recorded his 11th double-double of the season and fourth consecutive double-double, had 13 points and 11 rebounds at the half. Allen also passed Allan Bristow into fourth place in career rebounding at Virginia Tech as he grabbed his 1,000th career rebound as a Hokie.

The Hokies out rebounded the Eagles, 40-32 and committed just six turnovers in the contest, but made just 34.5 percent of their shots from the field. Tech has now dropped three straight at BC.

Tech takes the next eight days off before returning to action on Sunday, Feb. 13, as it hosts Georgia Tech in Cassell Coliseum.

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