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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. (Sam Upshaw/ACC, 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.