- The Washington Times - Friday, March 13, 2009

From combined dispatches

BOSTON COLLEGE 76, VIRGINIA 63: Rakim Sanders scored 25 points Thursday, and the Eagles (22-10) closed the first round with a sluggish win over the Cavaliers (10-18).

Boston College built a 37-25 lead by halftime and coasted the rest of the way against the ACC’s lowest-scoring team. Virginia finished with its worst record since a 9-17 mark in 1966-67.

Mamadi Diane led the Cavaliers with 24 points, hitting four of six shots from beyond the 3-point arc, but he had little offensive help. Virginia shot just 37.5 percent (21-for-56) from the field and turned it over 20 times.

Boston College advanced to face No. 9 Duke in the quarterfinals Friday night.

Diane, a senior, came off the court with less than a minute to go in his final college game. He gave coach Dave Leitao a big hug while the sparse crowd briefly chanted “Ma-ma-di!”

Tyrese Rice, the Eagles’ leading scorer, wasn’t much of a factor. The senior guard was just 1-for-6 from the field and finished with nine points, content to let others handle the offensive load. Josh Southern scored 13, Joe Trapani had 12 and Corey Raji chipped in with 11, while Rice was doling out six assists.

BC did its best work at the foul line. The Eagles continually pounded the ball inside, drew 28 fouls and hit 31 of 36 free throws. Virginia actually had the edge from the field, thanks to an 8-for-18 showing from 3-point range, but the Cavaliers were just 13-for-20 at the line.

Virginia finally came to life in the closing minutes, hitting three straight 3s to provide a glimmer of hope. But the Cavaliers never got closer than eight after Trapani hit a couple of free throws to make it 59-44 with 6:13 remaining, matching Boston College’s biggest lead.

Jamil Tucker scored 13 points and Sylven Landesberg had 11 for the Cavaliers. Mike Scott grabbed 12 rebounds, but the Eagles had the edge on the boards 36-35.

GA. TECH 86, No. 17 CLEMSON 81: Lewis Clinch set a career high with 32 points, and the last-place Yellow Jackets (12-18) pulled off the first big upset of the tournament, beating the Tigers (23-8).

Clinch made five 3-pointers to carry Georgia Tech, which went 2-14 in the ACC during the regular season - including a pair of losses to Clemson.

Clemson is now 0-for-56 in winning the ACC tournament, the only original conference member not to win it.

Gani Lawal added 20 points and 14 rebounds for the Yellow Jackets, who advanced to meet No. 22 Florida State in the quarterfinals Friday.

Trevor Booker paced Clemson with 17 points. Five other Tigers were in double figures, but it wasn’t enough to handle the inside-outside attack of Lawal and Clinch.

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