CHARLOTTE, N.C. - In a back and forth quarterfinal battle that needed five extra minutes, the Hokies couldn't defeat Florida State, instead, losing 65-63 Thursday afternoon in the ACC Men's Basketball Tournament.
"I think they're a great team. They have great coaches. They're a very deep team. Very talented, they have everything you need as a team. I just think they outplayed us and they earned it. They earned the 'W' today and I think these are two of the hardest fighting teams in the ACC and everyone we play them it will be a battle.," Hokies Guard Ahmed Hill said.
Against Florida State, Virginia Tech was led by sophomore guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker, who scored 21 points. Kerry Blackshear Jr. added 17 points and Ahmed Hill scored 16.
"They are a good defensive team. We did struggle from 3, sometimes we hit those shots but that shouldn't define you if you want to be a good team," Hokies guard Ty Outlaw said.
But the Seminole's freshman guard Devin Vassell proved too much for the Hokies, putting up 14 points, including the game-tying three in regulation. Terrance Mann hit a tough floater with less than 3 seconds remaining in overtime for the game-winner.
"They're a really physical team and I think it helps they bring in multiple guys off the bench to battle. They're physical big guys and it was fun to play. Enjoy playing a game like that. I think it does nothing but prepare us for the battle we have next week," Hokies forward Kerry Blackshear Jr. said.
Florida State now advances to play UVA in the semifinals. The Hokies await selection Sunday and their destination in the NCAA tournament.
Tipoff for that game is Friday at 7 p.m.
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