Virginia Tech Falls Short Against Florida State 91-82

Angelo Anderson
January 21, 2018

In desperate need of a road victory, the Florida State men's basketball team put together a complete game at both ends of the floor and held on for a 91-82 victory Saturday at Virginia Tech.

The loss was the Hokies' fourth league defeat already this season and, coupled with a weak non-conference schedule, means earning a second consecutive NCAA tournament berth will be uphill running the rest of the way for Tech (13-6, 2-4 ACC).

Virginia Tech (13-6, 2-4) was led by Justin Robinson with 26.

Justin Bibbs and Chris Clarke were the other two Hokies to score in double figures as Bibbs scored 19 points and Clarke scored 13.

Once again, turnovers and shoddy defense hounded Tech.

The Hokies, who have lost four of their last six, went 10 for 29 from 3-point range, and were just 8 for 15 at the free-throw line. The Hokies trailed by just 3 at halftime, 41-38, but without Blackshear Jr., who scored 10 points in just 18 minutes of play, Virginia Tech's offense sputtered as they missed many opportunities on offensive possessions in the second half. Florida State also got 14 from senior guard Braian Angola, 12 from junior Terance Mann, 11 from guard C.J. Walker and 10 from center Christ Koumadje.

M.J. Walker would come off the bench and add a layup with 4:35 to go that gave the Seminoles their biggest first half lead, at eight points, before the Hokies cut the deficit to three points at the break. After M.J. Walker answered with a 3-pointer to move Florida State's margin to 12, Robinson drained a 3-pointer and Clarke converted a three-point play to bring the Hokies within 76-70 with 1:52 to go. A win over Florida State would have helped, with the Seminoles ranked No. 46.

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