Hurricanes Fall To Hokies, 71-58
Feb. 19, 2005
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) – Zabian Dowdell scored 17 points, nine in the last 10minutes as Virginia Tech broke open the game and a fourth-place tie with Miami,71-58, in Atlantic Coast Conference action Saturday night.
Coleman Collins added 18 points and five rebounds and Jamon Gordon 13 forthe Hokies (14-10, 7-6), who remained tied with Maryland. Deron Washingtonadded 10.
Frisby hit four free throws to pull the Hurricanes back in the game, cuttingthe lead to 52-46 with 10:20 to play. Miami had trailed 50-36 just minutes intothe second half before a 10-2 run.
After Miami’s run, Dowdell broke open the game burying back-to-back3-pointers to stretch the lead to 12. The Hurricanes never cut the lead tosingle digits again.
“They made a small run and I just wanted to come out and make a play,”Dowdell said. “I caught the ball in rhythm and got a good release and it wentin.”
“Dowdell hit two big threes. That really hurt us,” said Hite. “It justseemed like guys dropped their heads after that.”
Fouled while attempting a trey, Dowdell’s three free throws gave VirginiaTech its largest lead, 68-50, with just under five minutes to play.
“We just couldn’t get a shot,” said Frisby. “We just couldn’t get anystops at that point.”
Virginia Tech opened a 19-9 lead in the game’s first 10 minutes and held adouble-digit lead for much of the game. Miami’s Harris dunked to close themargin to 26-20 with just under seven minutes to play in the half. Dowdellanswered with a 3-pointer to push the lead to nine.
Collins extended it to double digits, 33-22, with a jumper. Washingtonclosed the half with four free throws to make it 41-28.
The Hokies shot 60 percent before the break. Miami, just 1-for-6 from beyondthe arc in the half, shot 42 percent. Tech cooled to 54 percent for the game.Miami shot 40 percent, but outrebounded the Hokies 31-25.