Jay Wright? More like Jay Wrong. Hokies shock #3 Villanova.
It is bananas to think that the Hokies have defeated a #3 team in the nation two years running, but here we are. In a turn of events that was not as bad as the Denver Broncos not having an actual starting quarterback for their game tomorrow against the New Orleans Saints, the Virginia Tech Hokies faced off against the #3 team in the country, the Villanova Wildcats. Villanova won the tip, and I have heard in the past the tip is just enough to take you to where you need to be. The Hokies, as 9.5 point underdogs came out shooting in the paint, taking the first lead of the game 2-0. Gillespie, who is on the Naismth Trophy Watch List decided to come out firing, 2 for his first 2 from 3, taking the early lead 6-4. Gillespie, who was 8/24 coming into thos game, decided to start hotter than the sun, making the first 8 points for Villanova, but Naheim Alleyne came down and shoved his first three down their throat, taking the lead 10-8. There was a two minute drought in the game until Caleb Daniels decided to chuck up a three to get the Wildcats within one, 12-11. Throughout the first 14 minutes of the first half, the Hokies were trying to make a life inside, but coming out of a timeout, Hunter Cattoor came out and smashed a three to have the Hokies up 21-12. Villanova climbed back into this game on the back of, you guessed it, Gillespie, who decided to make two threes in a row to tie the game at 25. Virginia Tech trying to counter. Villanova takes the lead off of Jeremiah Robinson-Earl layup down low to go up 27-25. The Hokies would not back down, getting down low in the paint with Justyn Mutts, the transfer from Delaware, dominating in the paint, tying it up, 27-27 with less than 2 minutes to go. Keve Aluma made his fourth field goal of the game with less than 30 seconds in the first half to have the Hokies lead, 29-27. Chug a beer if you’ve hear this before, but Collin Gillespie tied the game up with two free throws to have Villanova and the Hokies tied going into the half, 29-29. At the half, Villanova has 13 points off turnovers, where as the Hokies only have 3.
Villanova came out hot in the first 8 minutes on a 16-9 run to have the Wildcats up 45-28 in the second half. The Hokies took a much needed timeout when the Wildcats took a double-digit lead for the first time in the game, 49-38. Villanova and The Hokies exchanged threes to keep the lead with Villanova at 9, 52-43. Virginia Tech closed within Keve Aluma to 6 with a huge three, 52-46. The Hokies wouldn’t go away, making the game within 4, to get 54-48. The Hokies, five minutes to go. Justyn Mutts, sank a three, with a time out to get within three points, 54-51. Dare I say, the Hokies, are on a come back? Nahiem Alleyne smashes a three to get within two, 56-54. Tyrece Radford, a 69% free throw shooter #nice, goes 2-2 with 2:24 left int he game to have the Hokies within 2 points of the #3 team in the nation. The Hokies were 6-9 #nice, from 3, after Bede decided to slap a three down to get within one, with 1:44 to go in the game. With 12 second to go, the Hokies, Carter Diarra, makes both free throws to get within 1 point, 62-61. The Hokies, with 10 seconds to go, retrieved the rebound off a missed Villanova free throw, and the Hokies came down, AND 1, to get up 2. The Wildcats, with an out of bounds play, Jay, had a right play call, where a charge call was made against a Hokies freshman, and Villanova sank both freethrows to tie the game and go to Overtime.
Justyin, no MUTT November sank a three to get the Hokies up 67-64 in the beginning of the Overtime, Nahiem Alleyne sinks 17 footer to get the Hokies up 5 with less than a minute to go. The Wildcats will not go away, sinking a three with 58 seconds to go. Keve Aluma, powers hard (thats what she said) ands 1 with 50 seconds to go and sinks the free throw going up 5. Cartier Diarra was 3/4 from the line, to get up 6 points with 30 seconds to go. The Hokies upset the Villanova Wildcats with 48 hour notice, 81-73, covering the spread and winning everybody money.