Top Basketball Games of the Decade: #6 through #10

Chances are, you have a pretty good memory of most of the games we’ll cover
today. If not the actual games themselves, then at least something from each
game stood out to you. Today we’ve got some Deron Washington highlights, a road
win against UVA, as well as arguably the best atmosphere of the decade in
Cassell Coliseum. Those moments highlight games #6 through #10.

#10: Feb. 21, 2007 – Virginia Tech 79, Boston College 62

This was as fun as it gets. The Hokies took on an NCAA tournament team who
had flattened them 80-59 earlier in the season and turned the tables, running BC
out of the gym 79-62 in a game that was not as close as the score indicated. It
was a much-needed win as well; the Hokies had just lost 81-56 at NC State in
their previous game.

This game was basically one big fast break for the Hokies. Six turnovers by
BC star forward Jared Dudley gave Tech the ball in transition, and guys like
Deron Washington finished on the other end. If there is any reason to remember
this game, this
dunk
by Washington is the main reason.

The Hokies ran BC off the court. After a slow start the Hokies trailed 10-4,
but rallied to dominate the visiting Eagles, despite the fact that Jamon Gordon
played just 18 minutes and had four points because of foul trouble. A.D.
Vassallo picked up the slack by scored 18 points and going 4-of-6 from
three-point range. Zabian Dowdell led the Hokies with 23 points on 10-of-16
shooting.

The blowout occurred in the second half. The Hokies led just 36-32 at
halftime, and it looked like a typical close ACC game. However, that was
anything but the case in the final 20 minutes. Tech outscored Boston College
30-4 over the first 12 minutes of the second half and completely ran away with
the game.

The shooting stats show why this game was such a blowout. The Hokies were
34-of-61 (55.7%) from the field and 6-of-11 (54.5%) from three-point range. BC
shot just 38.2% overall. Tech worked harder to get better shots, and their
defense was also very effective. Cheick Diakite came off the bench to block four
shots and grab eight rebounds in just 13 minutes of action.

Tyrese Rice had 15 points for BC, and Jared Dudley had 15 points to go along
with his six turnovers. Sean Marshall, perhaps the most disliked player on the
BC team and one of the most disliked players in the ACC, was held to just eight
points on 2-of-11 shooting.

This was one of the best games of the season in a year during which there
were many great games. This one is remembered for Washington’s amazing dunk, and
the huge run the Hokies put on the Eagles to begin the second half.

#9: March 13, 2009 – #1 seed UNC 79, #8 seed Virginia Tech 76

Another year, and another narrow loss to North Carolina in the ACC
Tournament. This one was perhaps even more heartbreaking than the one in 2008,
especially since the Tar Heels went on to win the National Championship.

The Hokies had some terrific individual performances against the Tar Heels.
A.D. Vassallo finished with 26 points and 10 rebounds, while Malcolm Delaney had
17 points and 10 assists. The Hokies also got a strong performance by Dorenzo
Hudson, who gave Wayne Ellington a lot of trouble defensively.

Hudson had a chance to be a hero at the end of the game, but some
intervention from his cousin J.T. Thompson prevented that from happening. Tech
was down 77-76, and they had the ball for the final shot. Hudson was open
outside the three-point line for a shot, but a pass to him was intercepted by
Thompson at the top of the key. Thompson didn’t realize that Hudson was open
behind him, so he snagged the pass for himself.

Unfortunately, he didn’t have a chance to do anything with the basketball.
Tyler Hansbrough was all over him, and after Hansbrough got one hand on the
basketball, the officials declared a jump ball situation, giving UNC possession
with just 5.2 seconds left. Seth Greenberg tossed his jacket on the floor in
frustration.

Hansbrough knocked down both free throws, and an A.D. Vassallo three-point
attempt at the buzzer was no good. The Hokies went on to the NIT, and the Tar
Heels went on to win the National Championship.

For the second straight season, Tech’s trip to the ACC Tournament had been
exactly the same. They blew out Miami in their first game, and then they lost a
heartbreaker to #1 seed UNC in their second.

The big difference in this game was inside play. Virginia Tech led for much
of the game, but Carolina

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