BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) -- Coleman Collins scored 20 points,
including a fade-away jumper with 12.9 seconds to play Wednesday
night, lifting Virginia Tech past North Carolina State 72-71.
Collins also grabbed nine rebounds and made all 10 of his free
throws, including six in the last six minutes for the Hokies (9-6,
2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference). Zabian Dowdell added 20 points and
Carlos Dixon 18 for Virginia Tech.
The Wolfpack (11-6, 1-3) was led by Julius Hodge with 23 points.
He scored the last 13 points for the visitors and grabbed 12
rebounds. Hodge also had a chance to win it, but his last shot was
blocked by Jamon Gordon with 3 seconds to play.
Deron Washington grabbed the ball for the Hokies and was fouled.
He missed both free throws with 1.6 seconds to play, but the
Wolfpack failed to get off another shot.
The game was an up-and-down struggle for the Hokies. They
trailed by as many as 13 in the second half, but pulled even with
10:19 to play on a jumper by Dowdell.
North Carolina State scored the next 11 points to lead 67-56
with 7:30 left, but Virginia Tech allowed only four points the rest
of the way, closing with a 16-4 run.
Dixon, who finished 8-for-8 from the line, and Collins combined
to hit 10 straight free throws down the stretch. Tech finished 19
of 24 from the line,
The Wolfpack led 41-32 at halftime and took its largest lead
after the break when Ilian Evtimov made two free throws awarded
because Hokies coach Seth Greenberg was whistled for a technical
foul at halftime. Andrew Brackman's layup made it 45-32.
Gavin Grant added 14 points and Brackman 13 and 10 rebounds for