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Bona meets Hokies hoping for an encore

What can St. Bonaventure do for an encore to last Saturday's quadruple overtime thriller against Ohio University? A victory over an opponent from the Atlantic Coast Conference would be nice.

The Bonnies (6-3), fresh off a stunning 112-107 triumph over the Bobcats, travel to Rochester for a neutral-site game at 7 p.m. today against Virginia Tech at the Blue Cross Arena.

The Hokies (6-4), picked second in the ACC preseason poll, started the season at 4-1 before dropping three consecutive to UNLV, Purdue and Virginia but have won their last two against Penn State (79-69) and Mississippi State (88-57).

Part of the problem for the Hokies has been a lack of depth on the frontline. The (Hampton Roads, Va.) Daily Press reported this week that 6-foot-8 sophomore forward Cadarian Raines could miss the rest of the season with a foot injury. Virginia Tech is already missing Allan Chaney, a 6-9 transfer from Florida who is sidelined indefinitely with a heart ailment, and senior forward JT Thompson, who suffered a season-ending knee injury during preseason. Junior Victor Davila and senior Jeff Allen are the Hokies' only two inside players.

"We're going to have to figure out a way to play a little smaller," Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg told the Daily Press.

That bodes well for Andrew Nicholson, who has elevated his offensive game as a junior. He poured in a personal-best 44 points on 14 of 19 shooting against Ohio and shared Atlantic-10 Conference Player of The Week honors with Xavier's Tu Holloway, who recorded a triple double (14 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds) in the Musketeers' victory over Wake Forest.

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