Hokies advance to ACC quarterfinals with win over Miami (FL)

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Kerry Blackshear Jr. scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Virginia Tech past Miami 71-56 in a second-round game at the ACC Tournament played Wednesday afternoon at Spectrum Center.

With the win, the Hokies moved to 24-7 overall - just one victory short of the school record for wins in a season. Miami saw its season end at 14-18.

The Hokies never trailed in this one, scoring the game's first 11 points, with Ty Outlaw scoring nine of those on three 3-pointers. Tech went on to score on seven of its first nine possessions, jumping out to a 16-3 lead and never looking back.

Tech continued its 3-point barrage throughout the first half and pushed its lead to as many as 20. The Hokies buried seven 3-pointers - four by Outlaw - en route to a 38-21 halftime lead. They were just as good on defense, too, holding Miami to just 33.3 percent shooting from the floor. Miami failed to score on back-to-back possessions in the first half.

In the second half, Miami cut the lead to 42-35 on a follow-up dunk by Ebuka Izundu with 14:54 remaining and had a chance to cut into it more. The 'Canes stopped the Hokies on Tech's next possession, but Miami missed two 3-pointers, and Isaiah Wilkins scored on a layup with 13:53 to go to push Tech's lead to 44-35. That started a 7-0 run that ended with a Kerry Blackshear 3-pointer, which gave the Hokies a 49-34 lead. Miami got no closer than 11 the rest of the way.

Blackshear hit 8 of 12 from the floor, pacing the Hokies, who shot 50 percent. Outlaw finished with 14 points, hitting four of the Hokies' 11 3-pointers.

Nickeil Alexander-Walker added 12 points and six assists for Tech, while Wilkins finished with 10 points.

Miami, which shot just 33.9 percent, was led by Chris Lykes, who scored 19 points.