Miami Falls to Virginia Tech, 72-68
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) – Jeff Allen had 18 points and 11 rebounds, including three straight baskets for Virginia Tech in the second half, and the Hokies beat Miami 72-68 Sunday night.
Erick Green added 15 points and Malcolm Delaney had 14 for the Hokies (14-6, 4-3 ACC), who had to hold on at the finish to win for the 10th time in 12 games.
The Hurricanes (12-9, 1-6) lost their fourth in a row, but their combined margins of defeat in those games total only 11 points.
The Hurricanes closed to within a point with 2:54 left, setting off a wild finish, but Green hit three key free throws in the last three minutes and the Hokies held on.
Miami used a 13-5 run to close a 57-48 deficit to 62-61 on Adams’ second consecutive 3-pointer with 2:54 to play, but Green scored inside and was fouled.
He made the free throw, setting up a wild finish.
Scott drove and scored, and Delaney answered with a 3-pointer, his first points of the second half, to make it 68-63. Scott drew a foul at the other end and made both again, and then Green did the same for the Hokies, keeping them ahead by five with 1:37 remaining.
Adams’ third 3-pointer 10 seconds later made it 70-68, and after Delaney missed a 3-pointer for the Hokies, Miami had two clean looks from behind the arc, and neither went down.
Delaney, the Hokies’ best free-throw shooter, was fouled with a chance to make it a two-possession game, but he missed the first and made the second, giving the Hokies a 71-68 lead.
When Miami missed another three, Terrell Bell rebounded for the Hokies, converted the last free throw and it was over.
Cleaning the Glass
The Hurricanes outscored the Hokies in four of five speciality stats — points in the paint (28-24), points off turnovers (10-6), second-chance points (13-12) and bench points (12-10). Virginia Tech had the 8-3 advantage in fast break points.
Grant has hit a three in 18 of 21 games for Miami, with three-plus threes 12 times, including in eight of the last 10 games. Adams has hit three-or-more three-pointers four times this season, including twice on the road in conference play.
In addition, Miami struggled from the charity stripe, making just 12-of-19 attempts (.632) — although the ‘Canes did go 5-for-5 during the second half. One of the league’s stronger free throw shooting teams — and 32nd among all Division I programs, Miami was shooting 74.1 percent from the charity stripe entering today’s game.The Hokies shot just 62.1 percent from the line as well, including a 12-of-21 (.571) showing in the second half.