Miami holds off VT rally, beats Hokies 84-75
BLACKSBURG, Va. (WSET) - Virginia Tech made a strong second-half comeback at home against Miami, but the Hurricanes shut the door to pick up a big 84-75 ACC road win.
After Tech took a quick 7-2 advantage, Miami ripped off 15 straight points. Anthony Lawrence poured in 15 of his career-high 25 points the first half, 'Canes led by as many as 16.
Nickeil Alexander-Walker scored 12 the first half for the Hokies...Tech, though, down a dozen at the break 44-32.
Justin Robinson sparked a big rally for Tech, the 3-pointer with eight minutes left sliced Miami's lead to seven at 62-55.
Justin Bibbs also caught fire with two quick baskets.
Then it's Robinson again, this time with a steal and he takes it in for the slam as the Cassell erupts! Tech down three, 66-63, just under four minutes left.
But Lonnie Walker the Fourth answered with a Hurricanes' 3 and another two.
Lawrence hit 9 of 10 from the floor for Miami, including three 3-pointers, part of his career-scoring day.
Robinson led Tech with 22 points, Bibbs added 16, Alexander-Walker 14.
Miami improves to 17-and-5 overall with the win, 6-and-4 in the ACC. The Hokies drop to 16-and-7, 5-and-5 in the ACC.
The Hokies host N.C. State Wednesday night at 9 before hitting the road to ACC leader Virginia next Saturday night.