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Virginia Tech Falls To FSU

Virginia Tech was overwhelmed on the board as a hot-shooting FSU squad won 86-75.

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Virginia Tech fought hard, but came up short against FSU who out rebounded the Hokies 42-22 on the night. Justin Bibbs had a career-high 25 points while Adam Smith added 24 more points for the Hokies. The lose drops VT to 8-7 on the season and 0-2 in the young ACC season. The Seminoles improved to 9-6 on the year and 1-1 in the ACC.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>.<a href="">@JustinBibbs10</a> finishes with career-high and game-high 25 in loss. He has 47 points in his last two games, both of them ACC contests.</p>&mdash; (@TechSideline) <a href="">January 7, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Both teams shot the ball well in the first half, especially from deep as FSU hit 7-10 from three while also shooting 72% from the field. The Seminoles were paced early by good ball movement, which lead to open shots for Devin Bookert and Xavier Rathan-Mayes. These two combined for 38 points on the night while shooting ~45% from the floor. The big difference in the first half was the rebounding margin where VT has struggled the entire season.

FSU led by 8 to begin the second half as the Hokies fell cold for the opening 4 minutes, which extended FSU's lead to 14 before Bibbs and Smith rallied the Hokies with back-to-back threes cutting the lead to 8. As the second half wore on the Hokies struggled to get stops as the Seminoles moved the ball with ease, leading to open shots or easy driving baskets. Overall, the Hokies played well behind good performances from several young players, but on the defensive end VT did not have an answer for FSU's perimeter game on the night.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Final from Tallahassee. FSU 86, <a href="">#Hokies</a> 75. Justin Bibbs 25 points. Adam Smith 24 points.</p>&mdash; VT Men&#39;s Basketball (@VT_MBBall) <a href="">January 7, 2015</a></blockquote>

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VT will be back in action next Tuesday as they travel to Kentucky for a 7:00pm tip against Louisville.

Go Hokies!