Feb. 25, 2006
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Zabian Dowdell scored 15 of his 20 points in the second half and Virginia Tech pulled away midway through the second half to beat Florida State 72-61 on Saturday night, ending the Hokies’ three-game losing streak.
The Hokies (14-13, 4-10 Atlantic Coast Conference) had four players in double figures and shot 61.5 percent from the floor in the second half.
Jamon Gordon added 15 points for the Hokies, including seven straight when Virginia Tech went ahead to stay. Coleman Collins scored 13 and Deron Washington had 12 points and nine rebounds. Dowdell added five rebounds, five assists and four steals.
Florida State (17-8, 7-7), which had won won four of five and seven in a row against the Hokies, saw its hopes for an at-large berth in the NCAA tournament damaged. The Seminoles have two games left — at home against No. 1 Duke and at Miami.
The game was tied at 27 at halftime and four times early in the second half.
But Gordon gave the Hokies the lead for good at 41-40 lead with a layup and scored Virginia Tech’s next five points as it led 46-42 with 12:52 left. Florida State got within 53-51 with 7:08 left, but the Hokies used a 7-0 run to rebuild their margin.
Dowdell had the last four in the burst on a layup and jumper, and scored 13 points in the final 9:24, drawing roars from the crowd of 9,847 at Cassell Coliseum.
Florida State got as close as 60-56 with 3:58 to play, but the Hokies quickly responded with five points in a row and led by at least seven the rest of the way.
Virginia Tech made 11 of 14 free throws in the second half.