Miami outlasts Hokies in Round 2 of ACC Tournament
Miami - which twice this season beat Virginia Tech by at least 21 points - never led by double figures until the final minute. Yet this one was very much in peril for them when Smith pulled the Hokies to 44-43 with his layup with 5½ minutes left. Virginia Tech took its only lead of the second half when Jalen Hudson's across-the-lane drive made it 38-37 with just under 9 minutes left. Miami: The Hurricanes have won at least one ACC tournament game every year since 2009 and have not been upset by a lower-seeded team since then. Virginia Tech.
Buzz Williams Hokies Win 4th Straight
Head coach Buzz Williams called the 6'5" guard "the most talented guy on our roster." "They really did a tremendous job of driving the basketball," said Blue Hose head coach Gregg Nibert. ___Tip Ins: This is only the third season as a full-fledged Division I member for the Blue Hose. Two ends of the spectrum:Presbyterianhead coach Gregg Nibert is in his 26th year at the helm; Tech's Buzz Williams is a first-year head coach in Blacksburg. "If you don't respond they literally can maul you," said Williams of the Mountaineers under head coach Bob Huggins.
Hokies take down Liberty
Van Zegeren connected on 7-of-9 from the floor, leading the way on an evening in which the Hokies shot 61 percent (25-of-41). Liberty shot the ball respectably for the game (24-of-56) and out-rebounded the smaller Hokies (31-26), but the Flames really hurt themselves with 21 turnovers. Virginia Tech scored 27 points off Liberty turnovers. "I was hoping we could tighten things a little more to see what would happen," Liberty coach Dale Layer said. TIP-INSVirginiaTech: Hokies coach Buzz Williams served as an assistant on the staff of Liberty coach Dale Layer at Colorado State for four years (2000-04).