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Virginia Tech Falls in First Meeting With Miami, 74-68

The Hokies’ tournament status is more uncertain than ever.

NCAA Basketball: Virginia Tech at Miami Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Hokies had a week off to prepare for tonight’s road contest against the Hurricanes, but wore down in the second half and lost 74-68. Virginia Tech actually had the lead for over 12 minutes of the first half, but a late 9-0 Miami run allowed the Hurricanes to take a 40-34 lead into the break. After the Hokies were able to tie it up at 47, Miami then made a 15-2 run to take a lead they would not relinquish.

One of the reasons the Hokies have not been a good road team is due to their lack of good perimeter shooting. After knocking down just three three-pointers against Virginia, the Hokies made 4-13 tonight. Bibbs had two of those four triples himself, but had to sit at critical portions due to foul trouble.

The Hokies’ turnover bug also made a reappearance. Virginia Tech turned it over 15 times, many of which were unforced errors. On top of that, the gobblers only posted a .8 A/TO ratio. That is nowhere near good enough to win games in this conference, especially on the road. LeDay, Allen, and Clarke combined for ten turnovers themselves.

Five Hokies were in double figures, led by 15 points from Justin Robinson. However, many of his points came too late in order to do real damage. The sophomore was also assessed a questionable technical foul late in the game to ensure a Miami victory, but the game was out of hand long before that.

Allen and LeDay each had 10 points off the bench, while Clarke and Hill scored 13 and 12 respectively. Hill, who has struggled shooting the ball recently, went just 1-5 from three.

The Hokies’ biggest game of the season is next on the schedule, as they host the ranked and red-hot Cavaliers on Sunday night in the Cassell.