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Virginia Tech’s basketball season came to an end with a 57-53 loss to Miami in the opening round of the ACC Tournament. The Hokies finished the year with a 9-22 record. Miami improved to 17-15 and will meet NC State in the second round.
Tech led 32-31 at halftime, and the game was back-and-forth. However, as usual, the Hokies couldn’t close. They led 52-51 with three minutes remaining, but could only manage one point over the final three minutes, and that was on a Devin Wilson free throw when Miami intentially fouled to put Tech on the line.
With 10 seconds left and trailing by one, the Hokies inbounded to a cutting Joey van Zegeren, who missed the shot, but he was fouled. Unfortunately the play was drawn up for a 37% free throw shooter, and van Zegeren missed both shots. With two free throws of their own, Miami increased their lead to 55-52.
The Hokies got the ball back with six seconds left, and Miami immediately fouled to put Tech on the line. Devin Wilson made the first free throw to cut the lead to 55-53, and then missed the second intentionally to give his teammates a shot at the offensive rebound. Jarell Eddie came down with the offensive rebound, but he rushed his decision and got pinned under the basket, and his shot never had a chance. It was blocked by Erik Swoope. Miami then made two final free throws to win 57-53.
The Hokies were led by Jarell Eddie, who had 16 points. He was 5-of-11 from the field and 5-of-10 from three-point range. Freshman point guard Devin Wilson added nine points and five assists, and did not commit a turnover in 38 minutes. Turnovers are normally a big issue for the Hokies, but they had just three in 40 minutes of basketball against the Hurricanes. Despite that encouraging stat, they couldn’t pull out the win.
According to Mike Barber of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Whit Babcock and James Johnson will have a meeting next week to discuss the future of the program.
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