Maryland 76

(16-11, 7-9 ACC)

Virginia Tech 86

(15-12, 8-8 ACC)

    4:00 PM ET, March 5, 2005

    Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, Virginia

    1 2 T
    MD 37 3976
    VT 45 4186

    Top Performers

    Maryland: C. McCray 18 Pts, 7 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 Stl

    Virginia Tech: J. Gordon 23 Pts, 6 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    Virginia Tech 86, Maryland 76

    BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) -- Jamon Gordon scored a career-best 23 points and had seven in a 12-1 run over the final 2½ minutes Saturday as Virginia Tech beat Maryland 86-76 to secure a first-round bye in next week's Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

    The Hokies (15-12, 8-8) led 74-72 after two free throws by James Gist for Maryland with 2:36 left, but Gordon hit a jumper to start the run. Virginia Tech was 8-for-11 from the line the rest of the way, and Gordon capped the spurt with a breakaway dunk.

    Maryland (16-11, 7-9), hoping to bolster its case for a 12th consecutive berth in the NCAA tournament, instead lost its third straight and fourth in five games.

    Carlos Dixon added 20 points in his final regular season home game, and Coleman Collins had 14 points and 15 rebounds for the surprising Hokies, who were picked to finish 10th in the 11-team ACC after joining the league prior to this season.

    Gist and Chris McCray led Maryland with 18 points apiece. Nik Caner-Medley added 12 and Virginia Beach native John Gilchrist had 11 points, seven assists and six rebounds for the Terrapins despite being lustily booed most every time he touched the ball.

    The Hokies led 45-37 at halftime and almost throughout the second half.

    Maryland did pull even at 57 on Caner-Medley's jumper with 10 minutes to play, but the Hokies immediately regained control as Gordon scored twice and Dixon and Deron Washington each added putbacks in an 8-0 run.

    Washington added 12 points and eight rebounds for Virginia Tech, and Zabian Dowdell had 13 points, four assists and three steals. Hokies starters scored 82 points.

    Virginia Tech also outrebounded the Terrapins 45-33.

    Maryland got within two three times in the final 4:17, but each time the Hokies answered. First, Collins scored inside. Then Washington hit a pair of free throws with 2:59 to go, and Gordon hit the jumper that sparked the run that decided it.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 76 86
    FG Made-Attempted 26-60 (.433) 32-70 (.457)
    3P Made-Attempted 5-18 (.278) 7-14 (.500)
    FT Made-Attempted 19-22 (.864) 15-23 (.652)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 14 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 2 13

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