Virginia Tech defeats Notre Dame 87-80 in ACC Quarterfinals

Hokies advance to the semifinals for the first time since 2011

Virginia Tech Hokies forward Justyn Mutts (25) looks to lay in the ball past the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the third round of the 2022 New York Life ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament at Barclays Center on Thursday, March 10,2022 in Brooklyn, N.Y.. (Photo by David Welker / (David Welker, 2022 Atlantic Coast Conference)

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – In the quarterfinals of the ACC Men’s Tournament in Brooklyn, New York, Virginia Tech defeated Notre Dame 87-80.

The Hokies started the game with sharpshooting for the second consecutive night, making 5 of their first 6 shots. That effort led to a 12-4 advantage at the first media timeout.

Sean Pedulla was effective early scoring a team-high 11 points off the bench. As a team, the Hokies were able to connect on 4-of-10 three-pointers in the half and have played disciplined basketball with 4 turnovers.

Prentiss Hubb led the Fighting Irish in first-half points with 13 points as they shot 42 percent from the field. Blake Wesley added 7 points.

In the second half, Notre Dame was able to cut a once 16-point deficit to as little as 7 with a Hubb three-pointer, 23 total points. He and Cormac Ryan each finished in double figures. Dane Goodwin joined the party also hitting a big three-pointer with under 6 minutes to play bringing the score to 69-63.

Nate Laszewski added in 12 points and cut it to 5 at one point. But for every bucket the Irish made, Virginia Tech seemed to have an answer, willing themselves to a quarterfinals victory-- a program first since 2011.

Keve Aluma led the Hokies with 20 points, Justyn Mutts added 11.

Virginia Tech will play in the semifinals on Friday at 9:30 p.m. against the winner of the Virginia-North Carolina matchup.

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