Boston College 62, Virginia Tech 59: Jackson Leads Eagles to Victory


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Boston College basketball has had a rough 2013-14 season thus far, but will not go winless on the road or in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

On Saturday afternoon in Blacksburg, Virginia, the Eagles defeated the Virginia Tech Hokies, 62-59, in their first of two conference meetings this season. With the win, Boston College improves to 5-11 (1-2), having won their first Division I game since Sacred Heart in late November.

Lonnie Jackson was instrumental to the Eagles getting the victory, leading the team with 17 points, including five three-pointers. Olivier Hanlan had 14 points. Adam Smith led all Hokies with 12 points off the bench for 8-7 Virginia Tech.

Dennis Clifford was a factor on defense, making his return felt in his second game back from injury. There is no question that his presence in the low post has tightened up the defense in some respects.

It has been far too long since we have had anything positive to say about this team, so we will collectively withhold any negative comments on their performance today. The optimism from Boston College fans on display right now is admirable, and proof that these people are hungry for a winning basketball team that makes us proud. In time, we may have it.

Do, however, be prudent and realistic. The Eagles right now are like that baseball team that’s 15 games out of the Wild Card with 16 games to play. Mathematically alive, but let’s not go overboard. Be pleased with the fact that they won and leave it at that.

Boston College welcomes #2 Syracuse to Conte Forum on Monday night.