BOSTON -- Joe Trapani scored 17 points, all of them in the first half as Boston College opened a double-digit lead and coasted to an 80-60 victory over Virginia Tech on Wednesday night.
It was the second straight loss for Virginia Tech (21-6, 8-5 Atlantic Coast Conference), which lost to then-No. 6 Duke on Sunday. The Hokies dropped from third place in the ACC into at best a three-way tie for third, putting them in jeopardy of falling out of position for a first-round bye in the conference tournament.
BC (14-13, 5-8) has won two in a row for the first time since beginning conference play, a turnaround that coincides with the switch from Biko Paris to Reggie Jackson at starting point guard. Jackson scored five with eight rebounds and a career-high 11 assists.
Malcolm Delaney scored 21, shooting just 5-for-16 for Virginia Tech.
Mississippi State freshman guard Malik Newman will withdraw from the NBA draft, but sources told ESPN he might explore other opportunities besides returning to Mississippi State.
Seton Hall sophomore Isaiah Whitehead will stay in the NBA draft and not return for his junior season.
Washington State's trio of Josh Hawkinson, Conor Clifford and Ike Iroegbu have withdrawn from the NBA draft and will play their senior season with the Cougars.