Virginia Tech lost to Appalachian State 65-63 on a shot with one second left, dropping the Hokies to 2-1 on the season. The Mountaineers got their first win of the year and are now 1-2.
Despite holding Appalachian State to 41.4% from the field and 31.6% from three-point range, the Hokies were undone by their work on the glass. The Mountaineers had a commanding 42-27 advantage in rebounding, and they scored 23 second chance points as a result of their 19 offensive rebounds. Tech forced 18 turnovers, but it wasn’t enough.
Joey van Zegeren was in foul trouble for the second time in three games, and he finished with just eight points and two rebounds in 18 minutes. Freshman center Satchel Pierce played 22 minutes and had just five points and three rebounds.
Adam Smith led the Hokies with 11 points, while Justin Bibbs and Devin Wilson each had 10. Ahmed Hill added nine off the bench.
Tech returns to action on Tuesday when they play Northern Iowa in the Cancun Challenge. Tipoff is scheduled for 7pm, and the game will be televised by CBS Sports Network.