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Louisville nips #19 Hokies 73-71

Cardinals now 8-1, 3-0 Hokies fall to 8-2, 2-1

Louisville’s Carlik Jones (1) drives against Virginia Tech’s Jalen Cone (15) during their game at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky. on Jan. 6, 2021.
Louisville’s Carlik Jones (1) drives against Virginia Tech’s Jalen Cone (15) during their game at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky. on Jan. 6, 2021. (ACC/University of Louisville)

Louisville, Ky – David Johnson scored 17 points, including a free throw with 6.6 seconds left, and Louisville withstood a missed 3-pointer at the buzzer, holding off No. 19 Virginia Tech 73-71 in a matchup of unbeaten ACC teams.

The Cardinals led 47-33 early in the second half before Tech fought back to within 72-71 on Keve Aluma’s two free throws with 6.6 left. Johnson missed the second of two free throws to give the Hokies a final chance, but Hunter Cattoor’s long 3-point attempt bounced off the rim as time expired.

Former Radford star Carlik Jones had 17 for Louisville. Jalen Cone had 23 points for the Hokies.