The Virginia Tech Hokies collected their sixth ACC win when they defeated the Florida State Seminoles, 83-73, at Cassell Coliseum. With the victory VPI improves to 14-13 (6-8 ACC) on the season. The match against FSU was the fourth sellout game for the Hokies this season. The last time VT sold out that many basketball games was during the 2011-2012 season. The fan participation is certainly not lost on the team, and they were quick to share their appreciation post game.
"When you have fans like ours, it makes a huge difference" - @REALSETHALLEN— VT Men's Basketball (@VT_MBBall) February 20, 2016
Thank you, #HokieNation pic.twitter.com/pJCEeBQo2G
The Hokies trailed the Seminoles for most of the game. At the break FSU was leading, 45-37. It wasn’t until there was only 4:30 left in the second half that VT took the lead, 67-66. Once they took that late lead they poured on another 16 points while holding Florida State to only seven.
#Hokies on 19-5 run and Cassell is ROCKING pic.twitter.com/HxyNWpjYdE— VT Men's Basketball (@VT_MBBall) February 20, 2016
Five Hokies scored into the double digit points. Off the bench Seth Allen led the Hokies with 23 points, five rebounds, and two assists. Zach LeDay and Jason Bibbs each scored 12 points, while LeDay snatched three rebounds and Bibbs recovered six. Robinson and Hudson both contributed 13 points.
Virginia Tech out shot the Seminoles making 28-53 (52.8%) of their field goals, and 11-19 (57.9%) of their three point attempts. FSU was significantly behind the Hokies with 25-57 (43.9%) of their FGM-A, and making an abysmal 7-23 (30.4%) of their three point attempts. The Hokies were behind the Seminoles on free throws. VT was 16-27 (59.3%), while FSU was a respectable 16-21 (76.2%). The Hokies had 29 total rebounds (eight offensive, 21 defensive).
The Hokies continue to improve on their last season’s effort. They have already accumulated more wins this season than they did last year. At the same point, during the 2014-2015 season, the Hokies were 10-17 (2-12 ACC). The Fighting Gobblers will next visit the Boston College Eagles this Tuesday. The Eagles are currently nursing a 13 game losing streak and will face the Wake Forest Demon Deacons this Sunday before having to deal with VPI.
HOKIES WIN! Five #Hokies in double-figures in 83-73 win over FSU#BeatFSU #BLACKOUT pic.twitter.com/ceQ6cT6ffx— VT Men's Basketball (@VT_MBBall) February 20, 2016