BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Boston College guard Lonnie Jackson had already put together the best game of his season by halftime on Saturday.
With 27 seconds left in the game he decided to add an encore.
Thanks to Jackson's late 3-pointer, the Eagles (5-11, 1-2 in the ACC) picked up their first conference win of the season, knocking off Virginia Tech 62-59 in Cassell Coliseum.
Jackson came to Blacksburg averaging 4.4 points per game. When the horn sounded, he had 17.
Guard Olivier Hanlan added 14 points for Boston College. Jackson and Hanlan combined for 24 of the Eagles' 32 first-half points.
Jackson was blistering hot from long range, hitting five of his eight 3-point shots.
The Eagles made seven of their first 14 from long range, despite shooting just 32.2 percent from 3-point range coming into Saturday's game.
Boston College's coach, Steve Donahue, believes Saturday's performance was more indicative of his team's abilities.
"We're 22nd in the country in 2-point percentage," Donahue said. "We're third in the country in free throw percentage. We're 290th in 3-point percentage, and we're a good 3-point shooting team.
"We did it today, and we've done it in three ACC games. That's a key part of us and the way we play."
After trailing, 34-32, at the half, Boston College opened the second half on a 14-7 run, taking a 46-41 lead. Donahue delivered a very simple message to his players at halftime.
"This is great," Donahue told his team. "Here we ago, another half. Let's be the team that is mentally tough through the next 20 minutes. If they make shots, come back and make another one in our favor. ... It's going to be a great game."
Before the game, Boston College's defense ranked last in the ACC. Virginia Tech (8-7, 1-2) shot poorly from the floor, making only 35.1 percent of its field-goal attempts.
Despite the poor shooting, the Hokies made enough plays down the stretch to give themselves a chance to win the game.
With 4:12 left, freshman point guard Devin Wilson grabbed a defensive rebound and finished a one-man fast break with a layup to give Virginia Tech a 56-55 lead. The Hokies and Eagles traded punches from there.
Forward CJ Barksdale hit a 3-pointer to give the Hokies a 59-58 lead with 1:36 remaining. On the following possession, Barksdale missed a contested dunk that would have extended the lead.
After Jackson hit the 3-pointer to give BC a 61-59 lead, guard Adam Smith missed a baseline jumper with two seconds remaining that would have tied the game.
Hokies Coach James Johnson sees his young team becoming frustrated after losing again despite having plenty of chances to win late in the game.
"We held them to 62 points," Johnson said. "If we can hold an ACC team to 62 points in our gym, then we've got to find a way to win that game.
"That was a tough loss. We were in the position to win the game and weren't able to close them out and make the plays we needed to."
Three Hokies scored in double figures. Smith led the way with 12 points, while Barksdale finished with 11.
The ACC's ninth-leading scorer, forward Jarell Eddie, was held to 10 points on 3-for-14 shooting.
"He's getting some open looks," Johnson said of Eddie's struggles. "He hit a great shot to the tie the game up. We're trying to rest him so we can have his legs for the second half ... but he's struggling right now. He'll get it right. Hopefully sooner than later."
Both teams needed a win badly. Boston College entered the game having lost seven of its last eight games, including four in a row.
Virginia Tech had lost three of its previous four, including Tuesday's game to second-ranked Syracuse.