Virginia Tech had plenty of chances down the stretch but Miami held on for its first win over the Hokies this season in a 57-53 first round game Wednesday in the ACC Tournament.
Rion Brown led the Hurricanes (17-15, 7-11 ACC) with 15 points and Erik Swoope added 14 points and eight rebounds along with a ferocious highlight reel dunk in the first half. Tony Jekiri had a game-high 12 rebounds but Miami's biggest contribution may have come from a non-starter.
Freshman guard Davon Reed came off the bench to make four three pointers in the first half and finished with 14 points. He guarded Jarell Eddie for most of the second half and did a great job of limiting the Hokie sharpshooter's good looks at the basket.
For his part, Eddie came out on fire in the first half. The Tech senior was 3-for-3 on his first three point attempts and finished his final college game with a team-high 16 points.
Freshman Devin Wilson had another strong game with nine points and five assists. Fellow freshman Ben Emelogu added eight points and four rebounds off the bench.
The Hokies (9-22, 2-16 ACC) didn't turn the ball over in the first half and finished the game with just three in total, easily the best performance of the season in that regard. However, Tech was just 9-of-17 from the free throw line (52.9%) and were out-rebounded by the Hurricanes 36-24.
Tech gave up an 8-0 Miami run early in the second half but fought back and kept within shouting distance of the 'Canes the rest of the way.
After two Trevor Thompson made free throws cut the Miami lead to 49-47 with 5:44 remaining, Tech got a defensive stop and Devin Wilson tied the game on a strong drive to the basket on the next possession. Miami would retake the lead on a layup but Jarell Eddie made a tough three pointer to put Tech up 52-51 with 3:26 left.
The Hokies would not score another field goal but had chances at the free throw line.
Joey van Zegeren was fouled on an inbounds play but missed two free throws with 10 seconds remaining and the Hokies down 53-52. Devin Wilson made one free throw with six seconds remaining then missed the second. It was rebounded by Jarell Eddie but his shot was blocked and Miami made two free throws to seal the win.
With the win the Hurricanes advance to face NC State 7 p.m. Thursday in the second round of the ACC Tournament.