Boston College tops No. 21 Virginia Tech 70-65 in OT
Wed, Dec 21, 2022
NCAAB News (AP)
BOSTON (AP) - Makai Ashton-Langford had 21 points and seven rebounds, hitting a 3-pointer with 36 seconds left in overtime to clinch a win Wednesday night for Boston College over No. 21 Virginia Tech 70-65.
Devin McGlockton added 18 points and seven rebounds for the Eagles (7-6, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who have won back-to-back games to snap a four-game losing streak. It was Boston College's first win over a ranked team since 2020, making it the first for second-year coach Earl Grant.
Sean Pedulla and Justyn Mutts had 18 points apiece for Virginia Tech (11-2, 1-1), which had won six in a row.
The Hokies led by as many as eight points in the first half but trailed by nine, 57-48, with four minutes to go before scoring the next 11 points to take a 59-57 lead on Grant Basile's 3-pointer with under a minute remaining. Boston College went almost four minutes without a basket, missing five straight shots before Ashton-Langford drove and delivered a scoop shot to tie it with 32 seconds left.
Pedulla had a 3-point attempt in the final seconds bounce off the rim twice before it came down; Darius Maddox grabbed the offensive rebound, but his short jumper at the buzzer went off the side of the rim.
The Eagles came out of a timeout with 76 seconds left in overtime leading by two, with the ball. They were able to run 40 seconds off the clock, thanks to an offensive rebound, before Ashton-Langford hit a long 3-pointer as the shot clock wound down to make it 66-61.
Pedulla drove for a layup to make it a three-point game, but DeMarr Langford hit a pair of free throws to keep it a two-possession game with 28 seconds left. Maddox had an open look at a 3 but missed; the Hokies got the rebound but threw it away.
That gave Boston College the ball out of bounds in front of the Virginia Tech bench with 11 seconds left. When the Hokies fouled on the inbounds pass, Boston College players began to celebrate.
The Hokies entered the AP poll at No. 24 last week and moved up to No. 21 after beating Grambling State by 26 points. It's nothing but ACC matchups from here, though, and they'll need to play better in the conference to remain in the rankings.
Virginia Tech: At Wake Forest Dec. 31.
Boston College: Visits Syracuse Dec. 30.
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