Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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January 5, 2014

Akers contributes to MU's first road win

NEWARK, N.J. — Princeton resident McKenzie Akers had two assists and a steal but no points in 15 minutes of play in Marshall University's 57-56 victory Sunday at New Jersey Institute of Technology — the Thundering Herd's first road win of the season.

Akers, a true freshman, was 0 for 5 in field-goal attempts.

Suporia Dickens sank two free throws with 20 seconds remaining to clinch the victory. Dickens and A.J. Johnson shared game scoring honors for Marshall (7-6) with 14 points each. Chukwuka Ezeigbo pulled down nine rebounds.

Leading NJIT (4-14) were Martina Matejclkova and Alyssa Albanese with 10 points each.

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Boston College 70, Virginia Tech 63

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — Virginia Tech cut a 13-point deficit to two with 1:35 left, but Boston College held off the Hokies in the ACC opener for both teams.

Uju Ugoka made two straight baskets 40 seconds apart to cut the Eagles’ lead to 65-63, but BC’s Kelly Hughes nailed a 3-pointer and made a fast-break layup in the final 26 seconds to secure the win.

Ugoka led the Hokies (10-4, 0-1 ACC) with 23 points and eight rebounds. Monet Tellier added 17 points while shooting 80 percent (8-of-10) from the field.

Kristen Doherty and Nicole Boudreau each scored 16 points for the Eagles (10-5, 1-0).

Both teams shot better than 46 percent from the field but the Eagles dropped in 10 three-pointers to the Hokies’ five.

Virginia Tech hosts Virginia at 7 p.m. Thursday.

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Pitt 79, Virginia 75

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Pittsburgh shot 55.8 percent from the field and went 6 for 6 at the foul line in the second half to win its first game as an ACC member.

Pitt (9-7, 1-1 ACC) point guard Brianna Kiesel ended with 26 points, seven assists, three rebounds and three steals in a game that had 10 lead changes.

Virginia’s Kelsey Wolfe scored 21 points with four assists and five rebounds. Faith Randolph finished with 21 points for the Cavaliers (7-7, 0-1).

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