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William & Mary to retire Marcus Thornton's No. 3 jersey on Feb. 15

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William & Mary to retire Marcus Thornton's No. 3 jersey on Feb. 15

Former William & Mary guard Marcus Thornton will have his Tribe legacy officially honored on Feb. 15, when the program will hold a ceremony to raise to the rafters and retire his No. 3 jersey the school announced Friday.

The ceremony for the program’s all-time leading scorer and 2014-15 Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American will be held at halftime of William & Mary’s game against Delaware at Kaplan Arena.

“Feb. 15 is going to be a memorable day at Kaplan Arena as we honor Marcus by adding his No. 3 to its rightful place in W&M lore,” Athletic Director Samantha Huge said. “We look forward to Tribe fans joining us as we honor a Tribe basketball icon.”

Thornton’s No. 3 jersey will be the sixth in the rafters at Kaplan Arena, joining Keith Cieplicki’s No. 14, Bill Chambers’ No. 32, Chet Giermak’s No. 32, John Lowenhaupt’s No. 42 and Jeff Cohen’s No. 52.

During his four-year career with the Tribe spanning from 2011-2015, Thornton broke several program records. He leads William & Mary’s program in scoring (2,178 points), made 3-pointers (325), games played (127), minutes played (4,328), minutes per game (34.1) and made threes per game (2.55).

Thornton was named the Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year during his senior season, when he averaged 20 points per game. He was the first Tribe player to garner that honor in program history.

After that year, the Boston Celtics selected Thornton in the second round of the NBA Draft with the 45th pick.

Since being drafted, Thornton has spent time on summer league teams for the Celtics and Oklahoma City Thunder, and played in the NBA G-League. His career has included international stops in Australia, Italy, China, Turkey and South Korea. He currently plays professionally in the France Jeep Elite A League with Elan Chalon.

“I’m excited and looking forward to returning to William & Mary to celebrate this great moment with those who have helped along the way — family, friends and, of course, the Tribe family,” Thornton said in the press release.

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Cassius Stanley shoots Duke past Hokies

Cassius Stanley shoots Duke past Hokies

DURHAM, N.C. -- Cassius Stanley scored 21 points and made a season-high five 3-pointers to help No. 6 Duke beat Virginia Tech 88-64 on Saturday night.

Matthew Hurt added 16 points and a season-high 10 rebounds for the Blue Devils (23-4, 13-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), who never trailed.

Duke opened the game with an 11-2 spurt that featured three 3-pointers in the first three minutes. The Blue Devils scored on 10 of their first 12 possessions and later delivered a 19-4 run on their way to a 51-25 lead at halftime.

Duke improved to 21-1 all time at home against the Hokies.

Vernon Carey Jr. scored 16 points and Tre Jones had 14 points for the Blue Devils.

Tyrece Radford scored 16 points to lead Virginia Tech (15-12, 6-10), which shot 37% from the field. Isaiah Wilkins added 11 points, and Hunter Cattoor had all 10 of his points in the second half for the Hokies.

Landers Nolley II, who entered the game averaging a team-best 17.3 points and 6.3 rebounds, had three points and one rebound for Virginia Tech.

BIG PICTURE

Virginia Tech: The Hokies continued their slide. They were one of college basketball's feel-good stories early on with a win over Michigan State and then seven victories in an eight-game stretch through mid-January, but they have dropped eight of 10 games since then.

Duke: The Blue Devils bounced back after getting thumped 88-66 at N.C. State on Wednesday night, winning for the eighth time in their last nine games. They remain a half game behind No. 11 Louisville for first place in the ACC as they pursue another top seed for the NCAA Tournament.

UP NEXT

Virginia Tech: Virginia, which beat the Hokies 65-39 on Jan. 4, visits Virginia Tech on Wednesday night.

Duke: The Blue Devils travel on Tuesday night to Wake Forest, a team they beat 90-59 on Jan. 11.

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Miami vs. Boston College: Date, Time, TV Channel, How to watch

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Miami vs. Boston College: Date, Time, TV Channel, How to watch

The Eagles enter Sunday's contest on a four-game win streak, but two of the four games have been one-possession victories. Boston College is 9-4 at home this season with all four losses coming in conference play.

Miami holds the advantage in the series history with Boston College, emerging victorious is 28 of 45 contests. The Canes have edged the Eagles, 11-9, when playing at Conte Forum. A season ago, the Canes held on to secure a 76-73 victory over the Eagles in Coral Gables, Fla.

Miami vs. Boston College: How to Watch

Who: Miami Hurricane (13-13, 5-10 ACC) vs. Clemson (16-10, 9-6 ACC)
What: ACC basketball on NBC Sports Washington
When: Sunday, February 23, 4 p.m. ET. 
Where: Conte Forum, Boston, MA
TV Channel: You can watch Miami vs. Boston College on NBC Sports Washington Plus (Channel Finder).

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