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Anderson leads BC Past Virginia Tech, 86-75

Thursday - 1/10/2013, 2:42am  ET

By HANK KURZ Jr.
AP Sports Writer

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - Ryan Anderson and Boston College went all of last season without winning a true road game, going 0-9.

They ended that skid with a victory at Penn State earlier this season, and with a chance to get their first ACC road victory in two seasons at Virginia Tech on Wednesday night, Anderson wasn't about to let the opportunity slip away.

He scored 16 of his 26 points in the second half and grabbed nine rebounds as the Eagles (9-6, 1-1) won for the sixth time in seven games overall, beating the badly undermanned Hokies 86-75.

"I just tried to make a conscious effort to attack the basket," Anderson said after making 11 of 17 shots.

His determination was evident from the opening tip, Eagles coach Steve Donahue said. "He just played with an attitude most of the night that he wasn't going to be stopped, and that's what you need on the road," he said.

Lonnie Jackson added 22 points, 19 after halftime, and Olivier Hanlan 17 for the Eagles, who bounced back from a 5-point loss at North Carolina State at home on Saturday.

It gave Anderson hope for how good they can be, especially since they start two freshmen and three sophomores.

"The sky's the limit because we're so young," he said.

Erick Green scored 24 points and Jarell Eddie had 21 for the Hokies (9-6, 0-2), who have lost four straight. Coach James Johnson had only four other scholarship players at his disposal besides his scoring leaders because Marshall Wood is recovering from a broken left foot and Robert Brown was out with an illness.

Johnson refused to blame a short bench for the Hokies' troubles, especially since they had 17 turnovers that the Eagles turned into 29 points, while Boston College had five turnovers, all before halftime, and the Hokies scored no points off them.

"That's something we haven't been doing," Johnson said of the miscues. "I don't know where that came from."

These days, lots seem to be going wrong for the Hokies.

"We've lost, what, four straight now?" Green said. "It feels like we've lost six or seven straight. But we've got to stay positive. We've got to keep working and keep getting better. We missed a good player in Robert Brown, but we still had chances where we could have won the game. So we've got to figure things out."

The Hokies got solid contributions from walk-ons Christian Beyer _ six points, eight rebounds and two assists _ and Will Johnston _ five points _ but were undermined by foul trouble and their short bench.

Virginia Tech made its final surge, a 9-2 burst to get within 53-49 with nearly 11 minutes to play. It stayed closed until Anderson turned a turnover by Green into a fastbreak layup and, after an offensive foul by the Hokies, Hanlan rebounded his own miss and scored to put the Eagles ahead 65-58. Two more inside baskets by Anderson and another by Hanlan made it 71-62, and the Hokies never got close again.

Anderson scored 16 points in the second half, and Jackson had 19.

The Eagles opened the second half on a 10-4 run to extend their lead to 42-30, but after a timeout, Marquis Rankin and Eddie hit consecutive 3-pointers to pull the Hokies to within 42-36.

That fired the crowd up, but Jackson's 3-pointer sparked a 9-4 burst that made it 49-38.

Early on, Beyer made his impact felt. In a 13-6 run that gave the Hokies a 23-17 lead, he scored on a putback, a 17-foot jumper and then fed Eddie inside before Green finished it with a long 2-pointer.

But the Hokies got just one basket the last 5 1/2 minutes of the half _ a 3-pointer from Johnston _ as the Eagles closed the half on a 15-3 run to lead 32-26 at halftime. Five Eagles scored in the run.

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