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

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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

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