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Virginia Tech handles FSU, faces Miami next
WASHINGTON (AP) — Adding to its season-saving surge in front of a favorable crowd, Virginia Tech got 20 points from reserve Seth Allen and never trailed en route to beating Florida State 96-85 in the second round of the ACC Tournament on Wednesday night.
The Hokies (19-13) bolstered their case for NCAA seeding by stretching their winning streak to six games, the team's longest in ACC play since joining the conference in 2004-05. The current run began with a victory over FSU — and was preceded by a rough stretch of seven losses in eight games.
In the quarterfinals, Virginia Tech will meet 11th-ranked Miami, a team the Hokies beat Saturday.
Virginia Tech set a season high for scoring, with Justin Robinson providing 18 points, Justin Bibbs 16 and Zach LeDay 15. As a team, the Hokies managed to make the same number of 3-pointers as Florida State, eight, despite 11 fewer attempts.
Right from the start, the sixth-seeded Hokies were out front. LeDay hit a 3-pointer on the game's first possession, Bibbs followed that up with a steal and end-to-end drive for a layup, and Virginia Tech would go on to lead by as many as 17 in the second half.
Florida State (19-13) never managed to get in front, not even once.
Devon Bookert led the Seminoles with 19 points.
Blacksburg, Virginia Tech's hometown, is about 250 miles from downtown Washington, setting up something akin to a home atmosphere at the conference tourney. Foul calls that went against Virginia Tech were resoundingly booed. When Allen hit a jumper to give Virginia Tech the first half's widest lead, at 30-19 with 7 1/2 minutes left, a chorus of "Let's go, Hokies!" rang out in the arena.
Florida State: Bookert made a falling, buzzer-beating 3 at the end of the first half, then sat on the court, nodded and smiled. ... Its 22-point victory over Boston College in the first round was FSU's largest margin in an ACC Tournament game. ... Ranked No. 2 in the league in steals, averaging 7.19, and wound up with seven Wednesday. Virginia Tech only had one.
Virginia Tech: Previous season high for points was set in a 93-91 victory over Wake Forest on Jan. 13. ... Three players fouled out: Kerry Blackshear, Jalen Hudson, Devin Wilson.
Virginia Tech: Plays third-seeded Miami on Thursday.