BOSTON (AP) -- Hank Thorns scored nine of his 11 points in overtime and Deron Washington had 19 points and eight rebounds to lift Virginia Tech to an 81-73 win over Boston College on Saturday.
J.T. Thompson and A.D. Vassallo each scored 14 points for the Hokies (12-8 overall, 3-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) in the team's first win in Conte Forum after six consecutive losses.Tyrese Rice led the Eagles (12-6, 3-2) with 27 points. Rakim Sanders had 17, including a 3-pointer with 3.6 seconds left in regulation that sent the game to OT.Cory Raji's two free throws 1:03 into overtime gave BC a 68-66 lead, but the Hokies scored the next seven points. Thorns pushed Virginia Tech in front for good with a 3 from the left wing and followed with a breakaway layup that made it 73-70. Washington then scored in the lane.The Eagles closed to 73-70 on Shamari Spears' putback, but Thorns made two free throws that pushed the Hokies ahead 77-71 with just over a minute left.Virginia Tech led 41-33 at halftime.The Hokies played without second-leading scorer Jeff Allen, who served the final of his league imposed two-game suspension for inappropriate contact with a referee during last Saturday's game against Georgia Tech.