Jarell Eddie came up big down the stretch as Virginia Tech knocked off Miami 61-60 in overtime in Coral Gables. The Hokies moved to 7-3 overall and 1-0 in the ACC, while Miami dropped to 5-5 and 0-1. It was the Hurricanes’ third overtime loss this season as they try to replace all five starters off last year’s ACC Championship team.
Eddie didn’t enjoy his best offensive game for most of the contest, but he saved his best for the end. With his team trailing nearly the entire game, and by double-digits at times, Eddie scored Virginia Tech’s last 11 points of regulation and then made the game-winning shot in overtime to win the game.
Eddie’s flurry of points came in the final 4:43 of the game, and his three-pointer with 46 seconds remaining tied the game. With approximately 20 seconds remaining, his step back two-pointer gave Tech a 61-59 lead, and they managed to hold on for the one-point win despite trailing by as many as 13 points in the second half.
Eddie finished with 24 points and eight rebounds on 9-of-23 shooting, including a 6-of-14 mark from three-point range. He began the game 3-of-4, then got into a cold slump, but battled back to play a huge role at the end.
The Hokies also couldn’t have won this game without r-sophomore center Joey van Zegeren. he finished with eight points, 10 rebounds (6 offensive) and two blocks. He had a great hustle play with 51 seconds left in overtime when he ran coast to coast to block a Miami breakaway layup that would have given the Canes the lead. On Tech’s next possession, Jarell Eddie made the game-winning shot.
Virginia Tech managed to win this game without starting forward C.J. Barksdale, who was out with a sprained knee. Tech did get Ben Emelogu and Adam Smith back from injury. Emelogu had 11 points and five rebounds, while Smith finished with eight points and three assists. Marshall Wood added nine points and six rebounds for Tech, while freshman point guard Devin Wilson had five assists and just one turnover.
The Hokies will now take a long break. They don’t play again until December 21 when they take on VCU in Richmond at the Richmond Coliseum. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30pm, and the game will be televised by NBC Sports Network.