Virginia Tech freshman A.D. Vassallo tipped a missed shot into the Bowling Green basket just before the buzzer to give Bowling Green a 72-71 victory yesterday in Blacksburg, Va., in the NABC Classic and its first win over an ACC opponent since 1967.
John Floyd of Bowling Green put up an off-balance jumper with three seconds left, and in the scramble for the rebound Vassallo tipped it into the wrong basket.
"I got off the floor as quick as I could -- they weren't going to get us back on," Falcons Coach Dan Dakich said about any possible dispute on the tip-in.
Martin Samarco led Bowling Green (1-1) with 21 points and Floyd had 17.
Coleman Collins had 22 for the Hokies (1-1). Vassallo had three points.
"There's 30 games in a season," Virginia Tech Coach Seth Greenberg said. "I'm not jumping off any buildings."
The Falcons led by 10 points with 9 minutes 30 seconds left in the first half, but the Hokies were within 33-28 at halftime.
A 9-2 run gave the Falcons a 66-56 lead with 5:05 left. Tech went on a 15-6 run, taking its first lead since early in the first half on Zabian Dowdell's layup with 13 seconds left.
* WEST VIRGINIA 88, LOUISIANA-MONROE 69: Mike Gansey had 22 points and 14 rebounds to lead the No. 14 Mountaineers in the first round of the Guardians Classic in Morgantown, W.Va.
Ranked in the preseason poll for the first time in 43 years, the Mountaineers had a second-half lapse as Louisiana-Monroe cut a 17-point deficit to five. But West Virginia responded with three straight baskets, including a three-pointer by Gansey to put the game out of reach.
Louisiana-Monroe never got closer than eight points the rest of the way in the season opener for both teams.
Kevin Pittsnogle, the hero of the Mountaineers' improbable run to the regional finals of the NCAA tournament last season, scored 18 points.
"These teams know who they are playing," Pittsnogle said. "So I think they play more aggressively. Teams know we are ranked and they want to knock us off. That's something different."
Vanderbilt Women Win
Nicole Jules was 8 for 8 from the field and scored 18 points to lead No. 17 Vanderbilt to an 86-49 victory over Clemson in the third-place game of the WBCA/BTI Classic in Tempe, Ariz.
Jules, who played just 22 minutes, led five Commodores (1-1) in double figures, including Dee Davis, who had 14 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds.
Christina Wirth had 13 points, Liz Sherwood 12 points and Carla Thomas 10 for Vanderbilt, which lost, 69-60, to No. 20 Arizona State, the tournament host, in the first round on Friday night.
* ARIZONA ST. 69, MISSOURI 54: Kristen Kovesdy had 16 points and eight rebounds to lead the Sun Devils past the Tigers in the championship game of the WBCA/BTI Classic.
LaToya Bond led Missouri with 23 points on 10-of-16 shooting, but the Sun Devils (2-0) shut down the rest of the Tigers squad, which shot just 11 for 37.
* CONNECTICUT 71, MARIST 45: Mel Thomas scored a career-high 23 points to lead the No. 9 Huskies to a season-opening victory at home in the first round of the WNIT. The sophomore guard was making her fifth start for the five-time national champs and provided a spark in the second half after the Red Foxes had played Connecticut close.
* TEMPLE 51, OREGON 46: Candice Dupree had 21 points and 15 rebounds to lead the No. 21 Owls in the championship game of the Women's Sports Foundation Classic in Eugene, Ore.