Zabian Dowdell made a 3-pointer with 14.6 seconds to play and Virginia Tech stunned No. 7 Duke, 67-65, in Blacksburg, Va., last night, one of the biggest victories in Hokies history.
The Hokies (13-10, 6-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) ended a three-game losing streak against the most unlikely opponent, and a team that had beaten them, 100-65, only 18 days earlier at Cameron Indoor Stadium. "Now we belong," Dowdell said of the Hokies, in their first season in the ACC. "I mean, they have to take us serious now. Whether they like it or not, we're here."The finish was frantic, with Duke's J.J. Redick hitting a 3-pointer with 22.9 seconds left to give the Blue Devils (18-4, 8-4) a 65-64 lead and Dowdell coming right back with a jumper from the right wing that caused the sellout crowd to erupt as it swished through. After timeouts by each team, Duke inbounded the ball with 4.9 seconds left and Redick fed Daniel Ewing for a 3-point try that missed. Hundreds of fans rushed onto the court as time ran out.
Carlos Dixon led the Hokies with 18 points and got Redick into foul trouble.
Arizona St. 75, Oregon St. 73 -- Ike Diogu had 25 points and Bryson Krueger a season-high 21, and the No. 10 Sun Devils survived blowing an 18-point lead in Tempe, Ariz. The win wasn't locked down until Krueger threw a floor-length in-bounds pass to Serge Angounou, who dribbled out the final three seconds. Jason Braxton had a season-high 11 points for the Sun Devils (17-9, 6-8 Pac-10).
Louisville 64, Marquette 61 -- Francisco Garcia's 3-pointer with 2.6 seconds remaining capped a 14-0 run that gave the No. 12 Cardinals a win in Milwaukee.
Garcia scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half, helping Louisville avoid its second loss in three games. Travis Diener's 3-pointer at the buzzer bounced off the rim. Louisville (22-4, 10-2 Conference USA) trailed, 61-50, with 5:38 remaining and scored 11 straight points to tie it.
Steve Novak's 14 points led Marquette (17-8, 5-7).
Gonzaga 90, San Diego 73 -- Derek Raivio scored 29 points and J.P. Batista added 19 for No. 13 Gonzaga (20-4, 10-2 West Coast Conference), which has won seven games in a row and reached 20 wins for the eighth consecutive season.
Gonzaga is 35-0 at home when ranked and has a 23-game winning streak at home.San Diego (13-11, 5-6 WCC) got 26 points and 13 rebounds from Brandon Gay.
Villanova 66, Seton Hall 52 -- In East Rutherford, N.J., Curtis Sumpter scored 25 points to lead the No. 25 Wildcats over the Pirates.
Sumpter came up with the key baskets late in both halves to propel Villanova (16-6, 6-5 Big East) to its fourth win in the last five games.
Andre Sweet had 13 points for Seton Hall (11-11, 3-8) and Kelly Whitney scored 10 for the Pirates, who have just one win in their last five games.
UNH 71, Hartford 57 -- Chris Vetrano scored a career-high 19 points and had four assists to lead the Wildcats in Durham, N.H.
UNH (8-18 overall, 4-11 America East) led throughout the game and took a 14-point lead (36-22) into intermission.
Hartford (7-17 overall, 3-12) managed to cut the UNH lead to 8 points with 4:43 to play. UNH responded with an 8-0 run to make it 68-52 with 2:05 left. UNH's Ben Sturgill contributed 15 points while Mike Christensen had 13. Craig Walls added a career-high 14 rebounds.
WNEC 63, Johnson & Wales 60 -- Jon Godbout scored a game-high 24 points, including a 14-for-15 effort at the free throw line, to lead the Golden Bears (17-7, 13-4 Great Northeast) at Springfield. Brian Bannister paced the Wildcats (13-11, 11-6) with 20 points and eight rebounds.
Roger Williams 75, Curry 72 -- Brandon Parrish led four players in double figures with 17 points, shooting 7 for 11 from the field and 3 for 5 from the free throw line, as the Hawks (13-10) topped the visiting Colonels (13-10) in a nonconference game. Raheim Lamb had 30 points for Curry.
Framingham St. 65, Westfield St. 51 -- The Rams (14-9, 8-4 MASCAC) assured themselves of their first winning season since 1992-93, taking a 14-point halftime lead and shooting 50 percent in the second half to maintain their advantage.
Jared Clark had a game-high 22 points and 9 rebounds and Chris Feeney added 13 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assists.
Suffolk 79, Albertus Magnus 66 -- Chris Emma led five Rams (8-16, 6-11) in double figures with 18 points and added 10 rebounds. After scoring 25 points, the Falcons' Tim Russell set two GNAC records, for points in a season with 798, and career points with 2,211.
Salem St. 73, Bridgewater St. 71 -- Ifesinachi Anosike was 8 for 8 from the field and 2 for 2 at the line and collected 18 points as the Vikings (21-3, 10-1 MASCAC) got past the Bears (13-11, 6-5) at Bridgewater.
Fitchburg St. 4, Suffolk 3 -- Jason Ledo's second goal of the game at 4:22 of the third period lifted the host Falcons (10-11-1) over the Rams (4-14-2).