BLACKSBURG, VA., JAN. 26 -- Virginia Tech Coach Frankie Allen shook up his starting lineup in response to a five-game skid, but it was not enough to stir the Hokies to upset Florida State in a Metro Conference game before 6,784.
Despite today's 71-60 loss that dropped his team to 7-9 overall, 1-5 in the league, Allen said he would stick with the changes for at least one more game.
Allen started freshman guards Jay Purcell and Corey Jackson for the first time this season. They replaced sophomores Rod Wheeler and Dirk Williams. Freshman Jimmy Carruth started for forward Antony Moses.
The three new starters all played at least 25 minutes. Florida State (10-7, 4-3) limited them to a combined 15 points.
"As a team this is the most frustrating thing I've ever experienced," said Moses, Virginia Tech's leading scorer who finished with 20 points. "With this lineup we have to get ourselves to play with each other. . . . It's just going to take some time."
Catholic 82, Gallaudet 70: The Cardinals took a 17-2 lead en route to their fifth-straight win in a Capital Athletic Conference game at home. Michael Connelly and Jay Franklin each scored 18 points for Catholic (8-10, 3-2 CAC). Brian Bippus scored a career-high 39 points and had nine rebounds to lead Gallaudet (8-7, 1-2).
Richmond 80, William and Mary 63: Kenny Wood and Curtis Blair each scored 23 points as the Spiders won the Colonial Athletic Association game before 9,171 at Robins Center in Richmond. Scott Smith led the Tribe with 15 points.
Longwood 87, UDC 85: Keith Latimer scored 20 points and Billy Dunn added 18 points as Longwood won at UDC. Henry Moton scored 22 points and Keith Goodie had 21 for the Firebirds.
Fortean Institute 86, Washington Bible 81: Will Robinson scored 27 points in the road win for Fortean (22-2). Washington Bible (4-16) was led by Joel Fletcher's 28 points.
York 84, Mary Washington 73: In York, Pa., Mark Miller scored 31 points to lead York (7-10, 4-2 in the CAC). Richie Treger scored 19 for Mary Washington (5-11, 2-2).