January 11, 2009
Boston College defeats Tech, 73-62
Drye leads Hokies with 18 points
Virginia Tech (8-7; 0-2 ACC) 253762
Boston College (13-3; 2-0 ACC) 343973
  • Silvio O. Conte Forum Chestnut Hill,MA - 3,247
  • High Points: 18 - Utahya Drye
  • High Rebounds: 7 - Brittany Gordon

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass.-- Boston College, behind two big scoring outbursts, defeated Virginia Tech, 73-62, Sunday afternoon at the Silvio O. Conte Forum on the Boston College campus. The Eagles improved to 13-3 overall and 2-0 in the ACC while the Hokies fell to 8-7 on the year and 0-2 in league play.

The Tech game plan to get BC’s twin towers of 6-4 Carolyn Swords and 6-6 Stefanie Murphy in foul trouble worked to perfection in the first half as both saw limited action with two fouls. The Hokies, after trailing early by as many as nine points, pulled within 23-19 on two Brittany Gordon (So., Howard County, Md.) free throws with just under six minutes remaining in the half.

However, the Eagles put together an 11-0 run over the next three minutes to take command. The run was keyed by an unlikely source as LaShunda Pratt, averaging under two points a game, scored nine points in the outburst including a pair of treys. Tech responded with a 6-0 spurt to cut the halftime deficit to 34-25.

Swords made her presence felt early following intermission as she scored nine points in a 13-4 run to open the second half to build the lead to 47-27. Boston College led by its’ largest margin of the game, 68-43, with just under seven minutes remaining before Tech began to cut into the lead.

The Hokies defense forced several turnovers and got hot at the free throw line to get back in the game with a 15-0 run. During the streak, Tech was 8-of-9 from the line and held the Eagles scoreless for almost six minutes. A layup by Corey Rusin with :55 seconds left ended the drought for Boston College and a Mickel Picco three-point basket moments later sealed the Eagles’ victory.

Boston College shot 51.7 (30-58) percent from the field while Tech shot only 39.3 (22-56) percent. One of the major differences in the game was three-point shooting as the Eagles connected on 9-of-17 attempts while the Hokies were 0-of-5. BC also dominated the boards holding a 41-24 advantage.

Tech forced 23 turnovers while committing only 12 and was 18-of-25 at the free throw line.

Utahya Drye (Jr. Durham, N.C.) led the Hokies with 18 points followed by Shani Grey (r-So., Windsor, Conn.) with 15 points. Gordon scored a career-high 12 points and pulled down a team-high seven rebounds.

Swords led the Eagles with a game-high 19 points and 10 rebounds followed by Picco with 18 points, all coming on six treys.

The Hokies return to action on Fri., Jan. 16 , when host No. 5/10 Duke at 6:30 p.m. in Cassell Coliseum. The game is scheduled to be televised on the ACC Regional Sports Network which includes Fox Sports Net South, ComCast Sports Net, SunSports and the New England Sports Network.

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