February 21, 2010
Gordon posts double-double to lead Hokies over Eagles
Biggs leads Hokies with 17 points
Boston College (14-13, 5-7) 313364
Virginia Tech (14-13, 3-9) 284169
  • Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, Va. - 2,498
  • High Points: 17 - Lindsay Biggs
  • High Rebounds: 11 - Brittany Gordon

BLACKSBURG, Va. – Junior Brittany Gordon poured in 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead Virginia Tech over Boston College, 69-64, on Sunday in Cassell Coliseum.

The victory snapped a six-game ACC losing streak for the Hokies (14-13, 3-9 ACC), while Boston College (14-13, 5-7) dropped its third conference game in a row.

“You want to be playing your best basketball at the end of the season, and it is certainly a sign of this when you see we only had 12 turnovers in a game this competitive and this intense,” Tech head coach Beth Dunkenberger said. “That means we are playing good basketball, and what we want right now is for everybody to be on a roll heading down to Greensboro for the ACC Tournament.

Tech continually scored in transition and dominated the boards against the much-bigger foe to put away the Eagles. The Hokies out-rebounded BC 37-27, including 17 of the offensive variety, marking only the fourth time in ACC play the Hokies have out-rebounded their opponent. Tech also turned 15 turnovers into 21 points.

“We have made a concerted effort to get our kids attacking the glass, and they have responded,” Dunkenberger said

Along with Gordon’s fourth-career double-double, senior Lindsay Biggs tallied 17 points and senior Utahya Drye added 13. Stefanie Murphy led all scorers with 22 points for the Eagles. The Hokies shot 45 percent, while BC posted a 49 percent shooting from the field.

Boston College, a team that averaged five three-pointers a game, made five in the first half to build a 31-28 lead at the midway point. The Hokies only shot 40 percent from the field in the first half to the Eagles’ 56.5 percent, but converted nine Eagle turnovers into 11 points to keep the contest close.

BC opened a 15-9 gap with an 8-0 run early, featuring two three-pointers from the Eagles’ Mickel Picco, but the Hokies answered with a 7-0 spurt of their own to take an 18-17 lead with 8:53 left in the first period. The lead exchanged hands three more times in the half, but a jumper by Murphy at the buzzer gave BC the 31-28 advantage heading into the locker room.

Tech quickly cut into the halftime advantage, and retook the lead 2:22 into the second half. The two squads combined for 13 lead changes and four ties the rest of the way. An 11-2 run pushed the Hokies out to a 55-49 lead, their largest of the game, with 8:18 remaining, when the Eagles began to chip away.

An 11-2 run in BC’s favor brought the Eagles back out in front, but the Hokies responded, regaining the advantage 61-60 behind a Biggs jumper from the baseline. After Boston College again gained the advantage at 64-63, Gordon came up with a huge offensive rebound off a Drye miss and drew the fifth foul on the Eagles’ big center Carolyn Swords. Gordon made both free throws and the Hokies jumped back out in front 65-64.

The Hokies played stalwart defense the rest of the way and made seven consecutive free throws to close out the game. BC’s last chance fell short as the Eagles’ Brittany Johnson was forced into an awkward three pointer that ticked harmlessly off the front of the rim, and Drye gathered the rebound.

“I can’t say enough about the way Brittany Gordon played,” Dunkenberger said. “That was some of the best defense you have seen, because Carolyn Swords is one of the best low-block players in the nation. She is leading the nation in field-goal percentage and she had to work for every touch and every on-balance shot she got because of Brittany’s defense.”

Tech next takes the court on Thursday against Clemson for senior night at Cassell Coliseum. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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