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Thursday, March 10, 2005; Page G03

Zabian Dowdell and Jamon Gordon are nearly interchangeable, and they take turns running the Hokies' offense. Dowdell, a sophomore from Pahokee, Fla., took over the point guard job last season and was second on the team in scoring and assists. He is quick and handles the basketball extremely well.

Dowdell has a long wingspan, which allows him to knock away passes. Because of his ability to shoot three-pointers and his willingness to take big shots, Dowdell also plays a lot at shooting guard. He became the team's first scoring option late in close games -- a role he validated with his late three-pointer to beat Duke.

Gordon, a sophomore from Jacksonville, Fla., started at two-guard as a freshman but also has run the point this year. He is Tech's best defender, ranking third in the ACC in steals.

Gordon has more than 200 assists in two seasons. He isn't as good of a shooter as Dowdell, but he's a better rebounder and is more athletic. He isn't a good option to handle the ball late in close games because of his poor free throw shooting.

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