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Mac McClung demoralizes Syracuse with a buzzer-beating three to end the half

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Mac McClung demoralizes Syracuse with a buzzer-beating three to end the half

WASHINGTON - There is not a better way to suck the momentum away from an opponent before halftime than an emphatic run and a buzzer-beater.

Georgetown did just that to Syracuse to finish the opening half of their contest. 

An 11-0 run allowed the Hoyas to open up the score for the first time in their rivalry matchup. The Hoyas then held the Orange without a basket for over a four-minute stretch to end the half. Turnovers by Syracuse, transition baskets for Georgetown had everything going the way for the Hoyas.

Finally, the Orange's best-scorer ended the dry spell. Elijah Hughes hit a mid-range jumper to save the Orange from a heart-breaking end of the half. It was two of his 18 points in the opening 20 minutes. 

Then Mac McClung answered the bell at the horn.

Right up the court without hesitation. McClung had 21 to lead all scorers. The Hoyas were on top 48-36 on a 14-2 run. 

Since the Hoyas lost their starting point guard James Akinjo, McClung has been the answer for Georgetown. He's averaged 26 points in the two games since Akinjo announced his intention to transfer -- which included a season-high 33 against Oklahoma State.

Georgetown would go on to win the game 89-79 and McClung would finish with 26 points. 

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Jairus Hamilton's career-high 23 points lifts BC over Virginia Tech

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Jairus Hamilton's career-high 23 points lifts BC over Virginia Tech

BOSTON -- Jairus Hamilton scored a career-high 23 points, Jay Heath added 15 points and Boston College snapped a four-game losing with a 61-56 victory over Virginia Tech Saturday afternoon.

Jared Hamilton had his only two baskets of the game in the final 3 minutes for the Eagles (10-10, 4-5 Atlantic Coast Conference).

Landers Nolley II led the Hokies (14-6, 5-4) with 15 points and Nahiem Alleyne added 10. Virginia Tech had won four of its last five games and its previous five against BC.

Virginia Tech had opened a six-point lead with 8 minutes to play, but the Eagles sliced it to 49-48 on Jairus Hamilton's 3 from the right wing with 5:05 left. Steffon Mitchell went to the line with a chance to put BC ahead on the next possession, but he missed both free throws.

But Jairus Hamilton did end BC's miserable day temporarily at the free-throw line at the end of the next possession, hitting both to give the Eagles a 50-49 edge. They had missed 10 of their initial 15 from the line.

Jared Hamilton the hit consecutive jumpers, making it 54-51, the second a one-handed runner from the right baseline.

Jairus Hamilton added a 3 from the top, pushing BC in front 57-53 with just over two minutes left.

BC had trailed by five at halftime, but tied it at 35 on Derryck Thornton's 3-pointer. The teams were also tied at 37 before Virginia Tech went on a 7-1 spree.

The Hokies had opened a 10-point lead in the first half en route to a 31-26 edge at intermission despite eight turnovers for a team that averages just over nine a game.

BIG PICTURE

Virginia Tech: The Hokies are one of the league's biggest surprises. Picked to finish near the bottom in the preseason poll, they're playing very well despite young players getting a lot of minutes. They have four players that are freshman and two red-shirt freshmen.

Boston College: The Eagles desperately needed a victory to end their slide before tough matchups against national powers Louisville and Duke sandwiched around a game against struggling North Carolina.

BELL MOMENT

BC retired the jersey of former two-time All-American guard Troy Bell at halftime,

He's still the school's all-time leading scorer (2,632 points). He played for the Eagles from 1999-2003 and won the Big East rookie of the year award.

"I never envisioned this moment," he said at a morning press conference, standing on the court. "I had great teammates and coaches. We were having a great time, doing something we would have done for free. To be here and being honored is amazing."

HARDLY FREE

The Eagles hit just 11 of their 27 free throws.

UP NEXT

Virginia Tech: At Miami on Tuesday.

Boston College: Hosts No. 6 Louisville Wednesday.

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VCU beats La Salle behind Santos-Silva's 16 points

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VCU beats La Salle behind Santos-Silva's 16 points

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Marcus Santos-Silva registered 16 points and nine rebounds as VCU topped La Salle 76-65 on Saturday.

Nah'Shon Hyland had 15 points for VCU (15-5, 5-2 Atlantic 10 Conference). Mike'L Simms added 13 points. Issac Vann had 10 points.

David Beatty had 16 points for the Explorers (10-9, 1-6), who have now lost five consecutive games. Scott Spencer added 16 points. Ed Croswell had 11 points.

VCU matches up against Richmond at home on Tuesday. La Salle plays Saint Louis at home on Wednesday.

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