TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- With 14 seconds left in regulation, Ahmed Hill made a 3-pointer from the left wing to send the game into overtime, but the No. 15 Virginia Tech men's basketball team fell short at No. 14 Florida State, 73-64, on Tuesday night at Donald L. Tucker Civic Center.
Tech (22-7, 11-6 ACC) got up big early on, but the Seminoles (24-6, 12-5) went on a crucial second-half run to close it and outlast the Hokies in overtime to earn a double bye in the New York Life ACC Tournament with the No. 4 seed.
Nickeil Alexander-Walker tallied a team-high 19 points while Hill posted 18 points to lead the Hokies on the offensive end.
Tech started off hot from downtown, hitting five 3-pointers in the opening eight minutes of play. It would gain a double-digit lead at the 8:59 mark, following a triple from Hill. It also would play stout defense, forcing a shot-clock violation and many FSU possessions that would go deep into the shot clock.
The Hokies would get a bucket in the paint by Alexander-Walker with a little over a minute left, gaining a 14-point advantage at halftime, 33-19. Tech was 18-1 when having a halftime lead coming into tonight.
Coming out of the locker room on a tear, the Seminoles opened the second half on a 12-2 run, cutting it to a four-point game at 35-31. But the Hokies answered, scoring a quick four points from Alexander-Walker on a layup and Bede on a long jumper.
Tech would keep its lead around a two-possession game until the 'Noles went on another run to trim the deficit to one at the 12:30 mark, causing a Tech timeout.
Terrance Mann pump faked a pass and nailed a 3-pointer with 11:23 remaining, giving Florida State its first lead of the game. It would extend its lead to five before a mid-range jumper by Wabissa Bede and a corner 3 from Alexander-Walker tied it up with a little over eight minutes to go.
Kerry Blackshear Jr. would come back into the game at the 6:59 mark after sitting out over five minutes of action due to picking up his fourth foul earlier on, but would get his fifth at 4:34 left.
Trailing by three points with under 30 ticks left, Hill hit a contested shot from deep to tie it up and the Hokies got a stop to extend the game another five minutes.
But those five minutes were all 'Noles, as they outscored Tech 12-3 to keep the best home-court advantage in a high-major conference the last three years afloat, with only losing three home games during that span to improve their record to 49-3.