ACC Basketball

Hurricanes Survive Hokies

Bob Leverone AP

For a little more than a game and a half, Virginia Tech was a cute little story. They were a team that won just two games in the conference, played five freshmen and two walk-ons in their rotation, who were too young and too experienced to realize they were supposed to be down just one, 44-43, with just over five minutes to play in the second round of the ACC Tournament. Yet, here they were, making the Hurricanes sweat.

That’s when Miami finally remembered they were trying to earn a trip to the Big Dance. After a pair of threes by Davon Reed and Deandre Burnett, the Canes were able to close out Virginia Tech at the free throw line, hitting 9-of-10, to pull out a tough 59-49 victory.

Miami got 16 points from Sheldon McClellan, along with six defensive rebounds, as eight different Hurricanes scored. Defensively, they held Virginia Tech, a team who averaged over seven threes per game, to hit just 3-of-15 from deep. The Hokies also struggled to get to the free throw line, attempting just eight (making four) from the charity stripe.

Anyhow, with the loss, Virginia Tech’s season comes to a close at 11-22 in Buzz Williams first year. Yet, they are just losing Christian Beyer and Will Johnson. Barring any transfers, they’re still going to be a young team next year, but most of those kids will have plenty of playing time under their belts.

With the win, Miami keeps their NCAA Tournament hopes alive, although a victory over Virginia Tech isn’t going to change anything. Next up, they face Notre Dame, the 11th ranked team in the nation and 3-seed in the ACC Tournament. Win that one and it will matter.

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