NCAA Tournament: #10 Virginia Tech falls to #7 Florida, 75-70 in OT

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - MARCH 19: Wabissa Bede #3 of the Virginia Tech Hokies and Tyree Appleby #22 of the Florida Gators fight for possession of the ball in the first half in the first round game of the 2021 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Hinkle Fieldhouse on March 19, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) (Andy Lyons, 2021 Getty Images)


No. 10 Virginia Tech falls to No. 7 Florida, 75-70 in overtime, in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament. The Hokies were led by sophomore Nahiem Alleyne who scored a career-high 30 points.

There was a change in momentum at the 12:58 mark when the Hokies big man, Keve Aluma, made inadvertent content with the Gators’ Tyree Appleby. He would exit the game to receive stitches, during which time Florida would take the lead, leaving Virginia Tech scoreless for a stretch of nearly 7 minutes.

That’s until Alleyne drained a three pointer at the end of regulation to force the overtime period. But the Hokies were just 2-of-7 from the field and were outscored 11-6.

Florida was led by Colin Castleton with 19 points, Scottie Lewis added 15 and Tre Mann dropped 14.

In their NCAA Tournament First Round matchup, No. 10 Virginia Tech leads No. 7 Florida 33-27 at halftime.

The Hokies were led in the half by Hunter Cattoor who scored 9 points, all coming from the 3-point range. Tyrece Radford went 4-of-6 from the field for 8 points. Florida was led by Tre Mann who scored 7 points.

Both the Hokies and Gators are shooting 52 percent (12-of-23) from the field. The Hokies largest lead was 10 at the nine-minute mark of the half.

The winner of this game will advance to the Second Round and face the winner of the No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 15 Oral Roberts matchup.

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