Virginia Tech lost for the first time this season after Appalachian State made a basket with just one second remaining to lift the Mountaineers to a 65-63 win Saturday in Cassell Coliseum.
Mountaineers (1-2, 0-0) guard Frank Eaves led all scorers with 19 points. Senior forward Tommy Spagnolo added a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Dustin Clarke added 11 points.
The Hokies (2-1, 0-0) were led by Adam Smith who scored 11 points on 5-of-10 shooting. Devin Wilson added 10 points and three assists while freshman Justin Bibbs chipped in 10 as well.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>The <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Hokies?src=hash">#Hokies</a> saw a third of their points come from the bench this afternoon (22). Hill led all bench players with 9.</p>— VT Men's Basketball (@VT_MBBall) <a href="https://twitter.com/VT_MBBall/status/536254215459725312">November 22, 2014</a></blockquote>
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The main story of the game provided a likely preview for the rest of the season as Tech was out-rebounded 42-27.
Part of that came because Joey van Zegeren and Satchel Pierce once again struggled with foul trouble, forcing the Hokies to stick with a smaller lineup.
The game was part of the Cancun Challenge which continues with Tech's next game Tuesday against Northern Iowa. The game will be televised by CBS Sports Network. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.