Virginia Tech beats Miami, 71-56 in ACC Basketball Tournament

Hokies now play Florida State in quarterfinal round

By Jeff Williamson - Digital Content Manager, John "Appy" Appicello - Sports Director

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Virginia Tech started off strong in its debut ACC Tournament game Wednesday with a 71-56 win over Miami.

The Hokies led 38-21 at the half and never trailed the entire game.

Tech was led by junior forward Kerry Blackshear Jr., who scored 19 points for the Hokies at the Spectrum Center.

"I think that we tried to attack early in transition and that helped each of us. I think when you have teammates like ours it makes the game a lot easier from the start whether we're hitting it or not. Everybody's a threat. If somebody is hot, that's the person that we're going to find. We know that each person is going to make the right basketball play for our team. Whether that be taking their own shot, setting the screen. Stuff like that," Blackshear said.

Virginia Tech, the 5-seed in the ACC Tournament, advances and will play 4-seed Florida State at 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

The two teams met on March 5 of this year, with Florida State winning a 73-64 overtime decision. Virginia Tech had a 14 point halftime lead in that contest, and they know they will need to change some things to come away with a victory this time around.

"Just learn from our mistakes. Last time we know we came in and turned the ball over a lot last time and they kind of got in our heads and we can't let that happen again. We watched film and our coaches broke it down for us and just not let it happen tomorrow,"  Hill said. 

"Just not getting complacent. It's not what we're doing and what we're producing it's about the work we're putting in. And we gotta focus that every possession we got to do the same thing and we're doing to be us and we're gonna to be disciplined. We're not going to just coast if we're up by 14. In wins like that you're just going to have to take.," Virginia Tech guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker said.

Florida State as the four-seed, received a double bye to the quarterfinal round. This will be their first action of the tournament.


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