BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Ty Outlaw scored a career-high 24 points to lead Virginia Tech to a 66-61 victory over No. 25 Miami on Monday night.
Outlaw, who was averaging 5.0 points per game, set a school record with eight 3-pointers for the Hokies (21-8, 10-7 Atlantic Coast Conference), who won their third straight game and fifth in the last six. Virginia Tech also moved to 15-1 at home this season.
Miami (20-9, 10-7), which moved into The Associated Press’ Top 25 for the first time this season earlier in the day, led 50-48 with just under seven minutes to go.
However, the Hokies went on a 12-4 run to take the lead for good. Virginia Tech scored on five straight possessions, with the final five points coming on a 3-pointer by Outlaw and a dunk by Zach LeDay for a 60-54 lead with 2:11 remaining. Virginia Tech then made 6 of 8 from the free-throw line in the final 1:05 to hold off the Hurricanes.
Outlaw hit 8 of 11 from the floor for Virginia Tech, which shot 51.4 percent (19 of 37) and hit 10 3-pointers.
Anthony Lawrence led Miami with 18 points.
Miami: The Hurricanes still are in good shape to make the NCAA Tournament. There is no shame in losing in Blacksburg — and they only lost because the Hokies got a career night from one of their unheralded players.
Virginia Tech: Like Miami, the Hokies are in good shape to make the NCAA Tournament and will be a tough out for their opponents with the way they can shoot the 3. Virginia Tech has made at least 10 3s in five straight games.
Miami: Miami closes the regular season Saturday at Florida State. The Hurricanes lost by 18 at home to the Seminoles on Feb. 1.
Virginia Tech: The Hokies close the regular season at home against Wake Forest on Saturday. Virginia Tech has beaten the Demon Deacons three straight times by a combined 10 points.
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