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VT Falls to UVA, 50-47.

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VT didn't shock the world, but they showed HokieNation that we are not that far away.

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Virginia Tech came into today's game against #2 UVA as huge underdogs, but showed in a 50-47 loss that Buzz Williams is not too far away from having a team capable of beating the nation's best. VT was nearly outmatched at every position in terms of talent, yet played with great effort and poise throughout most of game before running out of gas late.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Smith with a long 3 but it rattles out. The <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Hokies?src=hash">#Hokies</a> fought until the last second but can’t overcome UVa, falling 50-47.</p>&mdash; VT Men&#39;s Basketball (@VT_MBBall) <a href="https://twitter.com/VT_MBBall/status/559441906120548353">January 25, 2015</a></blockquote>

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In the first half, the Hokies kept chipping away at UVA by applying good defensive pressure and attacking the boards. On the offensive end they were taking and knocking down open shots, which helped them keep pace with one of the nation's most efficient offensive basketball teams.

For the game the Hokies held UVA to under 35% from the field, but UVA took advantage of getting to the free throw line where they made 10-12 for the game, which equated to 1/5 of their total points. The Hokies shot the ball pretty well for the game, 45% from the field, but only got to the free throw line 7 times where they made 4.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Cavaliers hold on! No. 2 Virginia rallies late to beat rival Virginia Tech, 50-47.&#10;&#10;UVA climbs to 19-0, its best start in last 24 years.</p>&mdash; SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) <a href="https://twitter.com/SportsCenter/status/559442100924993536">January 25, 2015</a></blockquote>

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VT was led by Adam Smith who had 15 points to lead all scorers, while Muller added 9 more. Virginia had a fairly even scoring distribution for the game with all five starters adding over 5 points a piece, but the Cavaliers were paced by All-American candidate Justin Anderson who added 12. Anderson was the difference maker for UVA over the past 4 minutes where he scored 7 of his 12 points.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>NOOOOOOOO. SOOOOO close the heart of this team is unbelievable. Gave #2 all they could handle. Big things are coming. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Hokies?src=hash">#Hokies</a></p>&mdash; Cassell Guard (@CassellGuardVT) <a href="https://twitter.com/CassellGuardVT/status/559446488972267521">January 25, 2015</a></blockquote>

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VT will be back in action Tuesday night as Pittsburgh visits Blacksburg for a 7:00pm tip-off. If the Hokies can have the same defensive intensity they showed this afternoon they will be more than able to grab their first ACC win.

Go Hokies!