With the feelings of Senior Day serving as the backdrop, the Virginia Tech Hokies (22-7) and Florida Condition Seminoles (24-6) engaged in an epic clash with the ultimate double-bye in the ACC Tournament on the line. To the victor goes the spoils, and it was Florida Condition leaving the court docket victorious, however once more, 73-64 in extra time. Wow, what a basketball activity.
Virginia Tech scored on its initial three possessions. However, an all-Senior starting up lineup for FSU was, at minimum at first, up to the obstacle. PJ Savoy strike two threes in the initial three minutes with Mann including a 3rd, and it looked like we may well have a shootout on our palms.
The Seminoles very hot capturing came to a screeching halt, however, as the Hokies’ protection ratcheted up numerous notches. In simple fact, Tech held FSU scoreless for 6:08. This integrated a shot-clock violation, one more late-clock heave, and numerous forced turnovers on drives to the basket.
In the meantime, VT displayed tremendous ball motion, top to open shots within the paint and out. And the Hokies ended up very hot. On the exceptional situation Tech skipped, they managed to seize many offensive rebounds, top to corner threes.
When the initial 50 % horn sounded, FSU walked to the locker space trailing 33-19 (in a 28 possession 50 %) and seeking for responses. Without a doubt, it was the most baffled I have seen an FSU offense look in numerous several years. The Seminoles struggled mightily from the subject in the opening stanza, capturing 7-26 (26.9%) and just 3-16 (18.8%) from three. Quite a few of these shots ended up not even close to inside of the flow of the offense, and in simple fact ended up additional like determined heaves at the basket as the shot-clock ran down.
Credit history goes to Virginia Tech on numerous fronts. To start with, for a swarming, 50 %-court docket protection that usually extended past the three-point line, as perfectly as excellent double-groups and assistance-protection on Mfiondu Kabengele. 2nd, VT did not enable any of FSU’s patented lobs at the rim, or even dunks in normal as they shielded the basketball and did not even enable FSU to operate right after skipped shots. But most likely the most significant shock, for the initial time in a very long time FSU appeared to not be in a position to match the physicality of the opponent down small. The Tuck was lifeless.
That all transformed in the initial five minutes of the 2nd 50 %.
Phil Cofer opened the scoring with a created three, adopted by a pair of Kabengele free of charge throws. Then it was FSU’s change to crank up the protection, finally forcing VT into some turnovers and forced shots. This led to an and-1 for Trent Forrest, a Kabengele layup, and a roof shaking alley-oop to Cofer. By the underneath-16 media timeout, Florida Condition had closed the margin to 39-34, and it was activity on. In simple fact, for the initial 10 minutes of the 50 %, FSU held VT—the 8th very best offense nationally—to .5 details per possession.
The Seminoles continued to execute at a ridiculously large fee on offense, applying crisp ball-reversals, with Kabengele passing out of double-groups to set up open threes and lanes to the hoop. With 12:06 remaining, the activity was amount at 41.
From there, two major-15 squads exchanged physique-blows like prize fighters in a heavyweight title bout.
With much less than five minutes to play and FSU clinging to a just one point guide, David Nichols drilled a three with the shot-clock winding down to set the Florida Condition up 55-51. A shot-clock beating dunk on the up coming possession by Terance Mann set FSU up 57-51 and the Hokies ended up on the ropes.
But Virginia Tech, even with dropping Kerry Blackshear to fouls, fought back. Ty Outlaw nailed a three, and Ahmed Hill strike a huge-time fadeaway jumper. Two created free of charge throws later on, and it was all of a sudden a just one point activity with much less than a moment to go.
FSU skipped a three and bodies went crashing for the rebound. No whistle blown. Tech came down and turned it in excess of, with Mann grabbing the unfastened ball. The group came to a hush and the senior calmly stepped to the line and drained two free of charge throws. 61-58 FSU with 27.4 seconds still left. Immediately after a timeout, Hill rained in a three off the dribble to knot up the score at 61 apiece. Eight seconds remained when FSU emerged from its huddle completely ready to inbound the ball. Mann’s three rimmed out and free of charge-basketball commenced.
A Cofer layup, off a fairly feed from Forrest, set FSU up 64-62, a guide the ’Noles would keep right up until a step-back three from M.J. Walker with just additional than a moment to go despatched the Tucker Center into a frenzy, forcing Buzz Williams to phone a timeout.
FSU forced one more stop out of the timeout, and Forrest strike a pair to give FSU a 69-62 guide with 50 seconds still left. Tech obtained a layup on the other close, but Forrest stepped back up to the stripe and strike two additional. One more wonderful defensive set by FSU forced one more overlook, and Kabengele gobbled up the rebound. The huge male rattled in two free of charge throws—FSU was 19-22 from the stripe on the night—and that was that.
For the extra time time period, FSU held the vaunted Hokies’ offense to a minuscule .30 PPP. Leonard Hamilton’s depth created the variance.
The ACC’s major 6th male, Kabengele, FSU’s top scorer on the period, led the way for the ’Noles, once once more, with 17 details (13 in 2nd 50 % and OT) and 9 rebounds. Mann added 14 in his ultimate residence activity, although a 5th year player, Cofer added 11 (all right after intermission). Walker strike three 3s and completed with 11, as perfectly.