Hokies Bounce Dukes From NIT In Double OT

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - Virginia Tech got 33 points from A.D. Vassallo and 23 from Jeff Allen and the Hokies scored on their first five possessions in the second overtime to outlast 46 points from Duquesne's Aaron Jackson in a 116-108 NIT first-round win Wednesday night.

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With the victory, the Hokies moved to 19-14 overall on the season and advanced to the second round where they will host the winner of the Georgetown-Baylor game.

Duquesne (21-13), making its first postseason appearance since the 1994 NIT, closed out its best season since the 1971 team went 21-4.

Tech appeared to have the game under control in the first overtime, leading by six with under a minute to go. But the Dukes rallied and tied the game at 94 on Jackson's layup with less than 2 seconds left.

In the second overtime, Vassallo scored 10 points and the Hokies made all 10 of their free throws to put the game away.


NOTES ON AARON JACKSON'S 46 POINTS
IN DUQUESNE'S 116-108 2OT NIT FIRST ROUND LOSS
AT VIRGINIA TECH

  • Aaron Jackson's 46 points tied the fourth-highest total in school history ... it was the most points since B.B. Flenory scored 48 vs. Ohio U. in the WVU Classic at Morgantown, W.Va. on Dec. 30, 1978.
  • The 46 points are an opponent record at Virginia Tech's Cassell Coliseum (first season 1961-62) ... the previous record was 41 by Southern Mississippi's John White in a 2 OT game on Feb. 6, 1988.
  • It is the most points scored against Virginia Tech since Houston's Elvin Hayes had 51 in a 120-79 win at Houston on Mar. 2, 1968.
  • It ties the second-most points ever scored vs. Virginia Tech (Furman's Darrell Floyd had 46 in a 125-87 win at Furman on Dec. 10, 1955).
  • Jackson, who had six points at the half, scored 40 in 26 second half minutes (including the two overtimes) ... he was 13-of-19 from the field in the second half and OT.
  • His eight 3-pointers (Jackson was 8-of-13) tied Duquesne's school record shared by Tony Petrarca (8-of-13 at Pitt on Dec. 18,1989) and Bryant McAllister (8-of-13) at Rhode Island on Feb. 8, 2006 ... the eight "threes' broke the Virginia Tech opponent record of seven set by Miami's Darius Rice on Jan. 10, 2001.
  • Jackson scored a total of 82 points against the Greenberg brothers this season ... he had 36 in a 94-75 win at Radford (coached by Brad Greenberg) on Dec. 10 & the 46 in the 116-108 2OT at Virginia Tech and head coach Seth Greenberg.


Posted on DuquesneSports.net, 4/2/09


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