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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Buddy Boeheim and Syracuse had had enough of close losses.

After losing to Notre Dame and Virginia Tech by a combined five points in their previous two games, the Orange entered overtime with a vengeance on Saturday and beat No. 18 Virginia 63-55.

“Losing the last two games, we didn’t want to feel that same feeling,” Boeheim said after he scored nine of his 14 points in the extra period. “We knew it came down to the last five, six minutes just like the other games.”

Syracuse hit its first four shots in the extra period, the first three from 3-point territory, and scored 20 points in the period after managing just 19 in the second half. Boeheim hit the third of those three consecutive 3s for the Orange (9-7, 2-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) and added another when he made a desperate heave from well behind the 3-point line to beat the shot clock late in the extra period, boosting the Orange lead to 57-49 with 1:18 remaining.

It was a much different ending for the son of Orange coach Jim Boeheim, who told his son to just keep shooting after he missed 10 of his first 11 shots.

“He’s one of the best shooters in the country,” the elder Boeheim said.

Elijah Hughes, who scored 18 points, hit the first 3 of the overtime for the Orange and freshman Joe Girard, who scored 19, hit the second.

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Virginia Tech was picked to finish 14th in the 15-team Atlantic Coast Conference, but so far this season, the Hokies aren’t exactly the league pushover that many expected coming in.

Truthfully, the Hokies are quickly becoming a team that no one wants to play.

They showed that again Saturday, as Landers Nolley II scored 29 points to lead Virginia Tech to a 72-58 victory over NC State — the Hokies’ third ACC victory in five conference games.

“I’m not shocked. Are you kidding me?” Virginia Tech head coach Mike Young said. “Never underestimate young people. Don’t. I’m not. Never have. There is a great deal of belief in that locker room.”

The Hokies have a nice collection of talent, but more importantly, a superstar in Nolley. The redshirt freshman hit 8 of 19 from the floor for the Hokies, who won their second straight game after a 26-point loss to rival Virginia on Jan. 4. Nolley drilled four 3-pointers and hit 9 of 10 from the free-throw line en route to his second-highest scoring game this season.

Tyrece Radford added a career-high 18 points for Virginia Tech. DJ Funderburk led the Wolfpack (11-5, 2-3) with 18 points.

Virginia Tech fell behind 10-0 to start the game after the Wolfpack hit four of their first seven shots. But following a timeout, the Hokies answered with a 13-0 run and never trailed again. Nolley hit two 3-pointers in that run, including one with 13:23 left in the half that gave the Hokies their first and last lead.

“He just told us to settle down and take good shots,” Nolley said of the message during the timeout. “We were rushing, trying to match their intensity, but that’s not how we play. We had to stick to our style and get back to doing what we do – and it ended up working.”

Virginia Tech led by 40-33 at halftime, and NC State cut the lead to one in the second half on dunk by Funderburk with 12:07 remaining. But a Radford layup pushed the lead to 48-45 with 11:41 remaining and a breakaway dunk by Nolley gave the Hokies a 50-45 advantage with 9:56 to go.

Radford and Nolley put the game away three minutes later, combining to score eight points in an 11-0 Virginia Tech run that gave the Hokies a 66-52 lead – their biggest of the game.

NC State finished with season lows in points and shooting percentage (31.9%, 22 of 69). The Wolfpack made just six of their 30 3-point attempts.

“It was definitely their defense,” NC State coach Kevin Keatts said. “They do a really good job of protecting the paint. They play similar defense as the pack line, when you drive and everybody converges. You’re going to get those shots (3-pointers), and we didn’t make them. We just didn’t. I thought we had some good looks, some great looks, and they just didn’t go down for us.”

BIG PICTURE

NC State: Leading scorer and rebounder C.J. Bryce (16.1 ppg, 6.8 rpg) missed his fourth consecutive game after suffering a blow to the head in a practice before the Wolfpack’s game against Appalachian State on Dec. 29. Bryce’s injury has left NC State with just eight scholarship players, and the Wolfpack missed him, as they couldn’t find another scorer to team with Funderburk.

Virginia Tech: Radford rarely gets any publicity, but he has become the unsung standout on this team. The team’s leading rebounder as a guard, he grabbed nine rebounds, and he is arguably the team’s best defender. He was the primary reason why NC State’s Jericole Hellems made just 2 of 14 from the floor.

MORE ON BRYCE

Bryce actually warmed up with the team before the game and even during halftime, but Keatts said that playing him wasn’t an option. Bryce has been cleared for light workouts, and with the team not scheduled to practice Sunday, Keatts wanted Bryce to get a workout in in hopes of getting him closer to being cleared for Wednesday’s game against Miami.

“I just think we’re missing another guard, and he’s a good player,” Keatts said. “I try not to make any excuses about it, but there’s not many teams that can lose their leading scorer and leading rebounder and be successful. We were against Notre Dame at home (on Wednesday), but against Clemson (on Jan. 4) and here, we could have used one more guy to score the basketball for us, and we didn’t have that.”

DOING IT WITH DEFENSE

Young hasn’t been enthralled with his team’s defense over the past month, but the Hokies were locked in Saturday. Markell Johnson, who scored 27 points in the Wolfpack’s win over Notre Dame on Wednesday, made just 2 of 14 from the floor, including 1 of 7 from beyond the arc, and Braxton Beverly missed five of his six 3-point attempts.

“I thought we were excellent,” Young said. “That’s getting something done. That’s a team playing the

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Buddy Boeheim and Syracuse had had enough of close losses.

After losing to Notre Dame and Virginia Tech by a combined five points in their previous two games, the Orange entered overtime with a vengeance on Saturday and beat No. 18 Virginia 63-55.

“Losing the last two games, we didn’t want to feel that same feeling,” Boeheim said after he scored nine of his 14 points in the extra period. “We knew it came down to the last five, six minutes just like the other games.”

Syracuse hit its first four shots in the extra period, the first three from 3-point territory, and scored 20 points in the period after managing just 19 in the second half. Boeheim hit the third of those three consecutive 3s for the Orange (9-7, 2-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) and added another when he made a desperate heave from well behind the 3-point line to beat the shot clock late in the extra period, boosting the Orange lead to 57-49 with 1:18 remaining.

It was a much different ending for the son of Orange coach Jim Boeheim, who told his son to just keep shooting after he missed 10 of his first 11 shots.

“He’s one of the best shooters in the country,” the elder Boeheim said.

Elijah Hughes, who scored 18 points, hit the first 3 of the overtime for the Orange and freshman Joe Girard, who scored 19, hit the second.

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Virginia Tech was picked to finish 14th in the 15-team Atlantic Coast Conference, but so far this season, the Hokies aren’t exactly the league pushover that many expected coming in.

Truthfully, the Hokies are quickly becoming a team that no one wants to play.

They showed that again Saturday, as Landers Nolley II scored 29 points to lead Virginia Tech to a 72-58 victory over NC State — the Hokies’ third ACC victory in five conference games.

“I’m not shocked. Are you kidding me?” Virginia Tech head coach Mike Young said. “Never underestimate young people. Don’t. I’m not. Never have. There is a great deal of belief in that locker room.”

The Hokies have a nice collection of talent, but more importantly, a superstar in Nolley. The redshirt freshman hit 8 of 19 from the floor for the Hokies, who won their second straight game after a 26-point loss to rival Virginia on Jan. 4. Nolley drilled four 3-pointers and hit 9 of 10 from the free-throw line en route to his second-highest scoring game this season.

Tyrece Radford added a career-high 18 points for Virginia Tech. DJ Funderburk led the Wolfpack (11-5, 2-3) with 18 points.

Virginia Tech fell behind 10-0 to start the game after the Wolfpack hit four of their first seven shots. But following a timeout, the Hokies answered with a 13-0 run and never trailed again. Nolley hit two 3-pointers in that run, including one with 13:23 left in the half that gave the Hokies their first and last lead.

“He just told us to settle down and take good shots,” Nolley said of the message during the timeout. “We were rushing, trying to match their intensity, but that’s not how we play. We had to stick to our style and get back to doing what we do – and it ended up working.”

Virginia Tech led by 40-33 at halftime, and NC State cut the lead to one in the second half on dunk by Funderburk with 12:07 remaining. But a Radford layup pushed the lead to 48-45 with 11:41 remaining and a breakaway dunk by Nolley gave the Hokies a 50-45 advantage with 9:56 to go.

Radford and Nolley put the game away three minutes later, combining to score eight points in an 11-0 Virginia Tech run that gave the Hokies a 66-52 lead – their biggest of the game.

NC State finished with season lows in points and shooting percentage (31.9%, 22 of 69). The Wolfpack made just six of their 30 3-point attempts.

“It was definitely their defense,” NC State coach Kevin Keatts said. “They do a really good job of protecting the paint. They play similar defense as the pack line, when you drive and everybody converges. You’re going to get those shots (3-pointers), and we didn’t make them. We just didn’t. I thought we had some good looks, some great looks, and they just didn’t go down for us.”

BIG PICTURE

NC State: Leading scorer and rebounder C.J. Bryce (16.1 ppg, 6.8 rpg) missed his fourth consecutive game after suffering a blow to the head in a practice before the Wolfpack’s game against Appalachian State on Dec. 29. Bryce’s injury has left NC State with just eight scholarship players, and the Wolfpack missed him, as they couldn’t find another scorer to team with Funderburk.

Virginia Tech: Radford rarely gets any publicity, but he has become the unsung standout on this team. The team’s leading rebounder as a guard, he grabbed nine rebounds, and he is arguably the team’s best defender. He was the primary reason why NC State’s Jericole Hellems made just 2 of 14 from the floor.

MORE ON BRYCE

Bryce actually warmed up with the team before the game and even during halftime, but Keatts said that playing him wasn’t an option. Bryce has been cleared for light workouts, and with the team not scheduled to practice Sunday, Keatts wanted Bryce to get a workout in in hopes of getting him closer to being cleared for Wednesday’s game against Miami.

“I just think we’re missing another guard, and he’s a good player,” Keatts said. “I try not to make any excuses about it, but there’s not many teams that can lose their leading scorer and leading rebounder and be successful. We were against Notre Dame at home (on Wednesday), but against Clemson (on Jan. 4) and here, we could have used one more guy to score the basketball for us, and we didn’t have that.”

DOING IT WITH DEFENSE

Young hasn’t been enthralled with his team’s defense over the past month, but the Hokies were locked in Saturday. Markell Johnson, who scored 27 points in the Wolfpack’s win over Notre Dame on Wednesday, made just 2 of 14 from the floor, including 1 of 7 from beyond the arc, and Braxton Beverly missed five of his six 3-point attempts.

“I thought we were excellent,” Young said. “That’s getting something done. That’s a team playing the right way and unselfishly … If you can hold people to under 40 (percent shooting) and rebound like we are, you should be in every game. You should have a shot to win every game.”

UP NEXT

NC State: The Wolfpack play at home against Miami on Wednesday.

Virginia Tech: The Hokies play at Wake Forest on Tuesday.

 

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A long fourth quarter drive and a last minute touchdown by the Kentucky Wildcats led the team to a 37-30 victory over the Virginia Tech Hokies at the Belk Bowl in Charlotte today. Both teams finish at 8-5. The Wildcats rushing game led the attack; ‘Cats quarterback Lynn Bowden had 233 yards rushing and scored two touchdowns to win the game MVP trophy.  It was also the last game for Hokies defensive coordinator Bud Foster, who is retiring. Tech head coach Justin Fuente afterwards on what could have been:

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(from JMU.edu) HARRISONBURG, Va. – James Madison football used 212 yards on the ground and 467 yards overall to defeat No. 3 Weber State 30-14 on Saturday evening in Bridgeforth Stadium. The Dukes improved to 14-1 on the season and are heading to their third National Championship (against North Dakota State in Frisco, Texas), while the Wildcats finish the season 11-4 overall. Ben DiNucci led JMU’s passing attack with 255 yards through the air, tossing two touchdowns without throwing an interception. The signal caller also added 62 yards and one touchdown on the ground.
To go along with DiNucci’s showing, Latrele Palmer added to the Dukes’ rushing attack by racking up 53 yards in the game, picking up 4.4 yards per carry. Jawon Hamilton chipped in with 50 yards as well. Riley Stapleton reeled in nine catches for 162 yards and two scores. Brandon Polk got in on the action in the passing game as well, hauling in five balls for 52 yards. Adeeb Atariwa stayed strong for the JMU defense, collecting four tackles and 1.5 TFL. Wayne Davis added four tackles and 1.0 TFL and D’Angelo Amos had four tackles and 1.0 TFL in the win. JMU had a stellar outing on the ground, racking up 212 rushing yards while averaging 3.9 yards per carry and out-rushing Weber State by 142 yards.

(from Liberty.edu) In a season that saw the offense grab most of the attention with its gaudy numbers, it was the Liberty defense that show up in its biggest game. A stout defensive effort led Liberty to a 23-16 win over Georgia Southern, Saturday afternoon, in the 2019 FBC Mortgage Cure Bowl. With the win, the Flames cap off the most memorable year in program history with an 8-5 record. Liberty completed its FBS reclassification process in August, received its first-ever bowl game invitation on Dec. 8 and walked away from Exploria Stadium with a bowl game trophy in hand, this afternoon.
Georgia Southern came into the game ranked No. 8 in the country in rushing offense, averaging 261.5 yards per game. Liberty came into the game ranked No. 100 in the nation in rushing defense, surrendering 192.7 yards per game on the ground.
Liberty’s defensive effort held Georgia Southern to 154 rushing yards, a single rushing touchdown and three field goals in the victory. On the day, the Flames outgained the Eagles in total offense (402 to 249).

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Third-ranked Clemson once again dominated the Associated Press All-Atlantic Coast Conference teams and individual awards released Tuesday.

The five-time ACC champions swept the top offensive and defensive player of the year awards and placed 12 players on the two teams as determined by a vote of 14 sports writers who cover the conference.

Led by unanimous selections Travis Etienne at running back and Isaiah Simmons at linebacker, eight Tigers made the first team. Clemson earned its fifth straight berth in the College Football Playoff a day after routing Virginia in the league title game.

Etienne repeated as the offensive player of the year while Simmons was chosen as the defensive player of the year.

Etienne rushed for 1,386 yards and 18 touchdowns for the Tigers while Simmons had 93 tackles, seven sacks, a fumble and two interceptions while winning the Butkus Award as the nation’s top linebacker.

Louisville coach Scott Satterfield is the coach of the year while North Carolina freshman quarterback Sam Howell is the newcomer of the year.

Satterfield took a team that last season went 2-10 without a conference win and led the Cardinals to a 7-5 record, a second-place finish in the Atlantic Division and a berth in the Music City Bowl against Mississippi State.

Howell threw for an ACC-best 3,347 yards with 35 touchdowns while leading UNC to its first bowl game since 2016. The Tar Heels will face Temple in the Military Bowl.

Joining Etienne and Simmons as unanimous picks were Louisville offensive tackle Mehki Becton, Wake Forest kicker Nick Sciba, Miami defensive end Gregory Rousseau and Pittsburgh defensive tackle Jaylen Twyman.

The 2019 Associated Press All-Atlantic Coast Conference team, as selected by a panel of 14 sports writers who regularly cover the league for newspapers or broadcast outlets. Players at all positions are listed alphabetically with name, school, height, weight, class and hometown; “u-” denotes unanimous selections:

First team

Offense

QB — Trevor Lawrence, Clemson, 6-6, 220, soph., Cartersville, Georgia

u-RB — Travis Etienne, Clemson, 5-10, 210, jr., Jennings, Louisiana

RB — AJ Dillon, Boston College, 6-0, 250, jr., New London, Connecticut

u-T — Mehki Becton, Louisville, 6-7, 369, jr., Highland Springs, Virginia

T — Tremayne Anchrum, Clemson, 6-2, 315, sr., Powder Springs, Georgia

G — John Simpson, Clemson, 6-4, 330, sr., North Charleston, South Carolina

G — John Phillips, Boston College, 6-6, 305, sr., Phoenix, New York

C — Jimmy Morrissey, Pittsburgh, 6-3, 305, r-jr., Huntington Valley, Pennsylvania

TE — Brevin Jordan, Miami, 6-3, 245, soph., Las Vegas

WR — Tee Higgins, Clemson, 6-4, 215, jr., Oak Ridge, Tennessee

WR — Sage Surratt, Wake Forest, 6-3, 215, r-soph., Lincolnton, North Carolina

All-purpose player — Joe Reed, Virginia, 6-1, 215, sr., Charlotte Court House, Virginia

u-K — Nick Sciba, Wake Forest, 5-9, 190, soph., Clover, South Carolina

Defense

u-DE — Gregory Rousseau, Miami, 6-6, 260, r-fr., Coconut Creek, Florida

DE — Carlos Basham Jr., Wake Forest, 6-5, 275, r-jr., Roanoke, Virginia

u-DT — Jaylen Twyman, Pittsburgh, 6-2, 290, r-soph., Washington

DT — Marvin Wilson, Florida State, 6-5, 311, jr., Houston

u-LB — Isaiah Simmons, Clemson, 6-4, 230, jr., Olathe, Kansas

LB — Chazz Surratt, North Carolina, 6-3, 230, jr., Denver, North Carolina

LB — Shaq Quarterman, Miami, 6-1, 240, sr., Orange Park, Florida

LB — Rayshard Ashby, Virginia Tech, 5-10, 237, jr., Chesterfield, Virginia

CB — Caleb Farley, Virginia Tech, 6-2, 207, r-soph., Maiden, North Carolina

CB — A.J. Terrell, Clemson, 6-1, 190, jr., Atlanta

S — Paris Ford, Pittsburgh, 6-0, 190, r-soph., Pittsburgh

S — Tanner Muse, Clemson, 6-2, 230, sr., Belmont, North Carolina

P — Sterling Hofrichter, Syracuse, 5-9, 199, r-sr., Valrico, Florida

Second team

Offense

QB — Bryce Perkins, Virginia, 6-3, 215, sr., Queen Creek, Arizona

RB — Cam Akers, Florida State, 5-11, 212, jr., Clinton, Mississippi

RB — Javian Hawkins, Louisville, 5-9, 182, r-fr., Titusville, Florida

T — Charlie Heck, North Carolina, 6-8, 315, sr., Kansas City, Missouri

T — Ben Petrula, Boston College, 6-5, 310, jr., Freehold, New Jersey

G — Gage Cervenka, Clemson, 6-3, 325, sr., Greenwood, South Carolina

G — Zion Johnson, Boston College, 6-3, 310, jr., Bowie, Maryland

C — Sean Pollard, Clemson, 6-5, 310, sr., Jackson Springs, North Carolina

TE — Noah Gray, Duke, 6-4, 240, jr., Leominster, Massachusetts

WR — Tutu Atwell, Louisville, 5-9, 153, soph., Miami

WR — Dazz Newsome, North Carolina, 5-11, 190, jr., Hampton, Virginia

All-purpose player — Hassan Hall, Louisville, 6-0, 198, soph., Atlanta

K — Christopher Dunn, N.C. State, 5-8, 180, soph., Lexington, North Carolina

Defense

DE — Patrick Jones II, Pittsburgh, 6-5, 260, r-jr., Chesapeake, Virginia

DE — Victor Dimukeje, Duke, 6-2, 265, jr., Baltimore

DT — Tyler Davis, Clemson, 6-2, 295, fr., Apopka, Florida

DT — Larrell Murchison, N.C. State, 6-3, 291, sr., Elizabethtown, North Carolina

LB — Max Richardson, Boston College, 6-0, 230, r-jr., Duluth, Georgia

LB — Jordan Mack, Virginia, 6-2, 230, sr., Lithonia, Georgia

LB — Michael Pinckney, Miami, 6-1, 230, sr., Jacksonville, Florida

CB — Derion Kendrick, Clemson, 6-0, 190, soph., Rock Hill, South Carolina

CB — Dane Jackson, Pittsburgh, 6-0, 190, r-sr., Coraopolis, Pennsylvania

S — Hamsah Nasirildeen, Florida State, 6-4, 215, jr., Concord, North Carolina

S — Andre Cisco, Syracuse, 6-0, 203, soph., Valley Stream, New York

P — Trenton Gill, N.C. State, 6-4, 217, r-soph., Hillsborough, North Carolina

Coach of the year — Scott Satterfield, Louisville

Offensive player of the year — Travis Etienne, Clemson

Defensive player of the year — Isaiah Simmons, Clemson

Newcomer of the year — Sam Howell, North Carolina

Voting panel: Matt Baker, The Tampa Bay Times; Rick Bozich, WDRB-TV, Louisville, Kentucky; Lauren Brownlow, WRAL.com, Raleigh, North Carolina; Bennett Conlin, The Daily Progress of Charlottesville, Virginia; Matthew Connolly, The State of Columbia, South Carolina; Tom D’Angelo, Palm Beach (Florida) Post; Jerry DiPaola, (Pittsburgh) Tribune Total Media; Joe Giglio, The News & Observer of Raleigh, North Carolina; Zach Klein, WSB-TV, Atlanta; Nate Mink, The Post-Standard of Syracuse, New York; Conor O’Neill, Winston-Salem (North Carolina) Journal; Michael Vega, The Boston Globe; Steve Wiseman, The Herald-Sun of Durham, North Carolina; Norm Wood, The Daily Press of Newport News, Virginia.

Virginia beat #23 Virginia Tech 39-30 in Charlottesville after a late field goal today, snapping a 15-year losing streak in that intrastate rivalry on the football field – helping to erase a late game UVA collapse in Blacksburg last year. A contest that was a largely defensive battle in the first half today became more of a back and forth offensive showdown after the break. With the win the 9-3 Cavaliers and head coach Bronco Mendenhall earned the right to play Clemson for the ACC championship in Charlotte next Saturday, after topping the Hokies for the Coastal Division crown. The last score came when UVA fell on a Hendon Hooker fumble in the Hokies own end zone with 1:01 left in the game. It was Virginia’s first Coastal division title.

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Lynchburg city officials are getting ready to kick off a project to convert an abandoned railway trestle into a pedestrian and bicycle bridge, one that will allow the Blackwater Creek Trail to be extended from its current ending on Langhorne Road to Linkhorne Middle School. A groundbreaking is set for a week from Thursday. Price tag: almost $2 million, most of that from VDOT.

NEWS RELEASE: On Thursday, December 5 at 10:00 a.m., the public is cordially invited to attend a groundbreaking ceremony for the start of the Langhorne Road Bridge Renovation and Blackwater Creek Trail Extension Project. The ceremony will take place at Ed Page Entrance to the Blackwater Creek Trail, 1720 Langhorne Road.

This project, anticipated to be completed by November 2020, will include the stabilization and renovation of the abandoned Langhorne Road railway trestle and the continuation of the Blackwater Creek Trail (Bikeway) from its current ending at Langhorne Road to Linkhorne Middle School. It will also include the conversion of the trestle into a pedestrian/bicycle bridge and the addition of a new asphalt connector trail from the Ed Page Entrance parking lot to the bridge and onwards to the grounds of Linkhorne Middle School.

The overall cost of the project is $1,960,000, with the main source of funding from the Virginia Department of Transportation. The City of Lynchburg appreciates the continued support of Virginia Secretary of Transportation Shannon Valentine and Commonwealth Transportation Board Representative Bert Dodson for their assistance in securing the funding for this important project.

Coleman-Adams Construction, Inc. is the contractor, and Whitman Requardt & Associates is assisting the City with the design and construction management of the project.

Virginia Tech Football on WLNIBLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — There was little for Virginia Tech fans to be disappointed about on Saturday, but coach Justin Fuente put a damper on a festive day when he reaffirmed that Bud Foster planned to retire at season’s end. “I think his mind is pretty made up,” Fuente said, smiling.
Such news was disappointing because the Hokies’ defensive coordinator continues to prove his chops. Virginia Tech’s defense put together a vintage performance Saturday, and Hendon Hooker threw for 153 yards and two touchdowns to lead No. 25 Virginia Tech to a 28-0 victory over Pittsburgh in a steady downpour.
Hooker threw touchdown passes to Tré Turner and Damon Hazelton, and Virginia Tech held Pittsburgh to under 200 yards and scored on a fumble return, as the Hokies (8-3, 5-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) notched their sixth win in their past seven games.
“I can’t say enough good things about our guys,” Fuente said. “I felt that way about them early in the year, too, though. I really did. I’m enjoying every moment with them. I think they’re a special group of young men. They’ve been through special circumstances and stuck together.”
The win sets up a showdown next weekend with rival Virginia, with the victor claiming the ACC’s Coastal Division and an ACC championship game berth on Dec. 7.
Pittsburgh (7-4, 4-3 ACC) finished with a season-low 177 yards. Kenny Pickett completed 10 of 26 for 103 yards to lead the Panthers.
“Disappointing performance, obviously, today,” Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi said. “A lot of things I saw — too many penalties, 0 for 3 on fourth downs … We don’t make any plays. Just a disappointing performance.
“I give Virginia Tech a lot of props for what they did out there today. Bud Foster’s defense came to play, I can guarantee you that … It’s hard to win when you can’t get in the end zone. We had some field position at times, but just didn’t do anything with it.”
Hooker’s 71-yard pass to Tayvion Robinson led to James Mitchell’s 1-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, giving the Hokies a 7-0 lead. Moments after that score, Norell Pollard returned a Pickett fumble 7 yards for a touchdown that pushed the lead to 14.
Virginia Tech basically put the game away with Hooker’s 3-yard touchdown to Turner with 45 seconds left in the first half. Hooker completed 10 of 13 passes in moving to 6-0 as the starting quarterback.
“Everyone’s just coming together as a family and just showing love and support,” Hooker said. “At the same, everyone’s expecting you to do your job.”

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Redshirt freshman Landers Nolley II is making up for lost time.

Nolley made seven 3-pointers and scored 27 points Saturday, leading Virginia Tech to a 79-53 victory against Lehigh.

“I’m one of the most impactful freshmen in the country,” he said, adding that being forced to sit out last season allowed him to get better. “I got more knowledgeable, skill. I got in better shape, my mind (got) better. It prepared me for the moments I’m in now.”

Nolley started slowly, “but in the second half I just started to let it come to me. I just started hitting shots and caught a streak and racked up some quick points.”

The Hokies’ 4-0 start in their first year under coach Mike Young is their second 4-0 start in as many years. It seemed fitting, too, that they honored former coach Charlie Moir with a moment of silence before the game. Moir, who died Friday, won a school-record 213 games at Tech from 1976-87, and was the coach in 1981 and 1982, the last time Virginia Tech began two seasons in a row by winning their first four games.

P.J. Horne added 14 points and Hunter Cattoor had 11 for the Hokies. Freshman Tyrece Radford added eight points and 11 rebounds.

Jeameril Wilson and Jordan Cohen each scored 11 for the Mountain Hawks (2-2). Lehigh trailed just 37-32 at halftime but managed just nine field goals and 21 points after the intermission.

Virginia Tech led 46-36 and used a 25-6 run to expand its lead to 71-42 with 5:50 remaining.

“We ended up turning the basketball over, which gave them easy opportunities and run-outs,” Lehigh coach Brett Reed said. “The momentum of the gym and the game just kind of changed with our lack of execution and being sloppy with the ball.”

BIG PICTURE

Lehigh: The Mountain Hawks committed 19 turnovers and Virginia Tech turned them into 26 points. Lehigh scored 16 points off the Hokies’ 10 turnovers.

“They did a very good job of collapsing on the ball,” Reed said. “A lot of times our ball-handler was under duress — led to a lot of turnovers for us. But we also had some unforced turnovers, which ultimately kind of led to them being able to stretch the game.”

Virginia Tech: The Hokies made a season-high 14 3-pointers and have made at least 10 in three of their four games this season. Nolley was 7 for 12 from beyond the arc and is 15 for 32 for the season.

UP NEXT

Lehigh has a quick turnaround, playing Misericordia on Monday night at home.

The Hokies remain at home and play Delaware State on Wednesday night.

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