CHARLESTON, S.C. — For the primary time in 10 years, the Virginia Tech males’s basketball group gained a event Sunday night time.
And the Hokies erased a 12-point second-half deficit to do it.
The 16th-ranked Hokies beat No. 23 Purdue 89-83 within the identify sport of the Charleston Vintage in entrance of a most commonly pro-Purdue crowd at TD Area.
This was once the primary time that two ranked squads ever confronted every different within the Charleston Vintage.
The Hokies progressed to 4-0, together with 3-Zero within the event.
Virginia Tech gained a event for the primary time since then-coach Seth Greenberg’s squad beat St. John’s within the Vacation Pageant ultimate in December 2008 at Madison Sq. Lawn in New York.
Sunday marked the primary time Virginia Tech had reached a event identify sport since then-coach James Johnson’s squad misplaced to Colorado State within the Continental Tire Las Vegas Vintage ultimate in December 2012.
Tech guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker scored 25 issues; he has scored a minimum of 20 issues in every of Virginia Tech’s video games this season.
Justin Robinson had 23 issues for the Hokies. Ahmed Hill added 23 issues, together with 18 in the second one 1/2.
Junior guard Carsen Edwards, a preseason All-American, had 26 issues for Purdue (4-1).
Down 50-38 with 18:24 to head, Virginia Tech went on a 22-6 run to seize a 60-56 lead with 12:31 left.
When Alexander-Walker made a 3-pointer throughout the run to offer Tech a 58-56 lead, it was once Tech’s first lead for the reason that Hokies led 7-6 with 15:34 left within the first 1/2.
Hill and Ty Outlaw every sank a 3-pointer within the run as smartly. Alexander-Walker had 8 issues within the run and Hill had seven issues. Alexander-Walker and Hill mixed for the general 9 issues of the run.
Edwards made a layup to tie the rating at 69 with 6:50 to head.
Robinson made considered one of two loose throws to 5 Tech a 70-69 lead. After a Purdue turnover, Hill buried a 3-pointer for a 73-69 lead.
The Tech lead grew to 77-72, however Sasha Stefanovic sank a 3-pointer for Purdue. After a Tech turnover, Edwards made a layup to tie the rating at 77.
Hill then scored six immediately issues.
Hill made a layup and loose throw to offer Tech an 80-77 lead with 3:50 left. Hill buried a 3-pointer to increase the result in 83-77 with 3:01 to head. The Hokies led the remainder of the way in which.
Ryan Cline made a layup to chop the lead, however Robinson replied with a layup for an 85-79 lead.
Edwards made a layup, however Tech’s Kerry Blackshear (13 issues) replied with a layup for an 87-81 lead with 39.eight seconds to head.
Tech shot 55 p.c from the sphere to Purdue’s 52 p.c.
The Boilermakers sank 14 3-pointers to Tech’s 10.
Reserve ahead Evan Boudreau, who entered the sport averaging 10 issues, had 18 issues for Purdue.
Down 7-6, Purdue scored 8 immediately issues to seize a 14-7 lead with 13:34 to head within the first 1/2. Purdue led the remainder of the 1/2. Edwards made a layup and a deep 3-pointer for the general two baskets of the run.
The Hokies reduce the result in 24-22, however their subsequent ownership ended with a shot-clock violation. Purdue then went on a 10-Zero run to construct a 34-22 cushion with 7:06 left within the first 1/2. The run incorporated Purdue’s 5th and 6th 3-pointers of the sport.
The Boilermakers led 44-36 at halftime. They shot 56.7 p.c from the sphere within the first 1/2.