Stefanie Murphy had 18 points to lead Boston College past Virginia Tech last night, 62-49, in the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference women’s tournament in Greensboro, N.C.
Brittany Johnson added 10 points for the seventh-seeded Eagles (16-14). They never trailed, shot 40 percent, and outrebounded Tech, 37-32, to advance to the quarterfinals today against eighth-ranked and No. 2 seed Florida State.
Nikki Davis had 10 points for the 10th-seeded Hokies (15-15) who forced 16 turnovers but were on the receiving end of one of the most lopsided first-round losses in ACC tourney history. In going one-and-done for the third straight year, they’ve lost four consecutive ACC tourney games. BC won its third straight tourney opener.
Tech beat BC, 69-64, in the teams’ previous meeting.
New Hampshire 65, Maine 50 - Jill McDonald and Chrissy Hall scored 14 points each as the Wildcats (9-21) won in the first round of the America East tournament in Hartford.
Tanna Ross led Maine (8-21) with a game-high 20 points.
Morgan, who finished with 16 points, hit two free throws with 12 seconds left to give Michigan State (23-7, 13-4) a 66-62 lead.
Chris Babb hit a 3-pointer for the Nittany Lions (11-18, 3-14) to cut the lead to 66-65. Then, Lucas made one of two foul shots with 5 seconds left.
Pittsburgh 73, Providence 71 - Ashton Gibbs hit a 3-pointer several steps inside the midcourt line just ahead of the final buzzer and the No. 17 Panthers avoided being upset by the visiting Friars for the second successive season.
The Panthers (23-7, 12-5) secured a double bye in next week’s Big East tourney.
Providence (12-17, 4-13) lost its ninth straight.
Maine-Farmington 64, Bridgewater State 63 - Eric Taylor posted a double-double with 22 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Beavers to a first-round win in the NCAA Division 3 tournament in Bridgewater.
Nicholas Motta led Bridgewater (19-8) with 20 points.
Salem St. 6, Plymouth St. 1 - Six players scored for the Vikings (14-8-4) as Salem advanced to the MASCAC championship.