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Hokies trips to Boston College have been crazy

In its quest to reach the NCAA tournament, Virginia Tech cannot afford a slip-up game, so it probably needs to win at Boston College. But the Hokies are 1-7 in Chestnut Hill and have been involved in a few memorable games there in recent years.

Two seasons ago, Virginia Tech got its only win at Boston College in overtime to snap a two-game losing streak. Last year, the Hokies lost on a heartbreaking last-second tip-in that lifted the Eagles.

In 2008, the Hokies played a tenacious game at Conte Forum to come away with an 81-73 win.

Virginia Tech held Boston College's Tyrese Rice, then one of the ACC's leading scorers, without a field goal for the final 14 minutes 29 seconds. And Virginia Tech freshman Hank Thorns instead became the hero after scoring nine of the Hokies' 15 points in overtime.

It was an especially memorable night because of Thorns's performance. Thorns only had scholarship offers were from Old Dominion and New Hampshire. He was only at Virginia Tech because Nigel Munson transferred before the season. (Thorns transferred to Texas Christian after last season in order to have a larger role.)

Last season's game in Chestnut Hill was a thriller. But it did not end happily for the Hokies.

Virginia Tech lost, 67-66, on a tip-in by Rakim Sanders, giving the Hokies their second consecutive heartbreaking defeat. They had blown a 15-point second-half lead at home against Clemson only two days prior.

The final sequence probably still gives Virginia Tech Coach Seth Greenberg indigestion. Driving down the lane with time quickly draining from the clock, Rice put up a floater that bounced off the rim. Virginia Tech's players guarded the standout Rice. But a wide-open Sanders busted toward the ball and tipped it in with 0.4 of a second remaining.

"It's horrible," Malcolm Delaney told reporters afterward. "I've never been through something like this in my life."

Virginia Tech (21-5, 8-4) plays at Boston College (13-13, 4-8) on Wednesday. Good or bad, will this year's trip produce the same white-knuckle finish?

By Mark Viera  |  February 23, 2010; 10:20 AM ET
 
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