first_imgCHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Virginia Tech, newcomers in the Atlantic Coast Conference, are making a habit of upsetting the league’s traditional powers, with Zabian Dowdell scoring a career-high 33 points Tuesday night in an 81-80 overtime victory over No. 4 North Carolina that sealed an improbable season sweep of the Tar Heels. “Something special brewing around the program,” Dowdell said. Dowdell and Deron Washington combined to stop Ty Lawson in the final seconds of overtime and preserve the victory for the Hokies (18-7, 8-3 Atlantic Coast Conference). “Probably the understatement of the day is (that) I couldn’t be more proud of our team,” Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg said. Markus Sailes gave North Carolina a last chance when he missed two free throws with 7.1 seconds left. Lawson rushed down the court and took a quick shot which was tied up by Dowdell. Lawson got the rebound and shot again from the lane, but Washington swatted it away. “They came and doubled, so that messed everything up,” Lawson said. “I couldn’t find anybody open, so I tried to get a shot off, but they blocked it in the lane. They were clogging the lane. I think they knew what we were going to do.” Wayne Ellington grabbed the ball and the buzzer sounded just before he hit a 3-pointer. Texas Tech 77, at No. 6 Texas A&M 75 center_img Jarrius Jackson hit a jumper at the buzzer to end a five-game losing streak for the Red Raiders (16-10, 5-6 Big 12). Acie Law tied the game with a 3-pointer from the top of the key with six seconds left before Jackson drove the length of the court and pulled up for the winning score. The crowd sat in silence for a few seconds while officials looked at a replay of the basket before declaring it good. At No. 13 Butler 79, Florida Gulf Coast 65 Mike Green scored a career-high 24 points, A.J. Graves added 22 and the Bulldogs (24-3) won their 22nd consecutive game at the expense of the Division II Eagles. No. 16 S. Illinois 51, at Missouri State 47 Randal Falker scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the Salukis (22-5, 13-3 Missouri Valley) to their eighth win in a row. At Tennessee 89, No. 20 Kentucky 85 Chris Lofton scored 23 points to help the Volunteers (18-8, 6-5 Southeastern Conference) beat the Wildcats (18-7, 7-4). 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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