NCAAB Game Recap - North Carolina at Virginia Tech
Wed Jan 22, 2020 8:00 PM EST

GaTec
64
Lou
68
F
StBon
60
Dayt
86
F
Prov
64
Seton
73
F
SCar
67
Aub
80
F
Rut
80
Iowa
85
F
Mem
40
Tuls
80
F
GTown
57
Xav
66
F
Samf
78
Furm
101
F
Cin
89
Temp
82
F
VMI
54
Woff
66
F
Syr
84
ND
82
F
Ark
70
MisSt
77
F
Drake
73
Evans
50
F
UMassL
75
Albany
101
F
Citad
69
Chat
92
F
Bingha
83
Stony
79
F
LaSal
57
Rich
75
F
Duques
55
URI
77
F
PSU
72
Mich
63
F
WCU
79
Mercer
85
F
W Ky
64
Marsh
60
F
Manh
73
Maris
75
F(OT)
Vermt
59
Maine
57
F
Amer
93
LoyMD
91
F(OT)
Army
94
Lafy
74
F
UMBC
69
Hartfo
60
F
UMass
63
GMas
73
F
GrgWas
54
Ford
59
F
StLou
59
David
71
F
Navy
60
Boston
58
F(OT)
Leh
95
HolyC
96
F(OT)
Troy
63
ArkLR
81
F
SFA
69
NWSt
62
F
ECU
64
SMU
84
F
Lamar
89
InWor
77
F
NDSt
73
SDSt
78
F
NOrl
71
TXAMC
74
F
McNee
77
SeLA
61
F
HBU
83
Nich
91
F
IndSt
55
LoyIL
75
F
IlSt
63
Brad
75
F
UNC
77
VaTec
79
F(2OT)
AbCh
76
SamH
82
F(OT)
BC
72
Pitt
74
F
Crei
83
DeP
68
F
Fres
68
ColSt
86
F
Alab
77
Vand
62
F
NrthIA
66
SIU
68
F
CSNor
83
UCSB
75
F
CS-Ful
78
UCDav
74
F
ChiSt
53
CBap
85
F
UCIrv
56
LongB
63
F
UNLV
72
Nev
86
F

Jan 22, 2020, 8:00 PM EST

Final (2OT)

1

2

OT

2OT

T

North Carolina (8-10)

36

24

7

10

77

Virginia Tech (14-5)

30

30

7

12

79

Radford shot lifts Hokies in 2nd OT, 79-77, over UNC
Wed Jan 22, 2020 11:46 PM

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) Tyrece Radford hadn't made a shot all game, but when the ball came to him with the clock racing toward 0.00, he knew it was time to do something.

The redshirt freshman made a short jumper with 0.4 seconds left in the second overtime Wednesday night and Virginia Tech sent North Carolina to its fifth consecutive loss, 79-77.

"I just was staying on my toes, staying ready in case anything happened," Radford said of the final play, which started with a pass from Landers Nolley. "Luckily, the ball came my way, and I was able to take it off Landers' shoulder and go finish with contact. It was a big moment, and you live for more moments like that."

It happened so fast, Radford figured there was only one thing to do. He drove into the lane and made his only field goal of the game from in front of the basket for the Hokies (14-5, 5-3 Atlantic Coast Conference).

"I knew it was time to go," he said. "The time was running down, and we needed a bucket. It was already double overtime, so I just went to the goal. I was focused on finishing through the contact I knew I was going to receive from it. It (the shot) was big."

Unlike an overtime loss against Syracuse on Saturday, when Nolley settled for a long 3-pointer that missed in a 71-69 setback, this time, he "made exactly the right play," first-year Hokies coach Mike Young said. "He learned from his mistake."

Nolley scored 22 points and Jalen Cone 18 for the Hokies.

Garrison Brooks scored 28 points and Justin Pierce had 15 for the short-handed Tar Heels (8-10, 1-6), who lost their sixth consecutive conference game for the first time in program history. They also kept coach Roy Williams tied with former UNC coach Dean Smith at 879 victories, tied for fourth among Division 1 head coaches.

"Yes. I think we're getting better," Williams said, "but I also think we made so many just silly plays and didn't do what we needed to do to make a winning play."

The Tar Heels, without top scorer Cole Anthony (19.1 ppg) since early December, also played without No. 3 scorer Brandon Robinson (12.1), who the school said continues to suffer from persistent neck pain after a car accident on Jan. 11. Also, freshman guard Anthony Harris (right knee) has played in only five games, and junior forward Sterling Manley (left knee) hasn't played in any.

"If you asked me in August who our top seven players were going to be, I'd say we're missing four of the seven," Williams said.

The loss was the Tar Heels' 10th in 13 games since a 5-0 start.

North Carolina had a chance to win it in regulation, but Brooks' turnaround jumper from just inside the free throw line hit the back rim and missed. They also came up empty at the end of the first overtime with the score at 67-all.

BIG PICTURE

North Carolina: It was an especially difficult night for guard Andrew Platek, who was jeered whenever he touched the ball with chants of "Airball. Airball" after a poor shot early and seemed somewhat affected. The junior had at least two more airballs to the delight of the crowd and then had a rushed attempt to beat the shot clock rejected by the 6-foot-1 Radford in the second half. Platek finished 2 for 11 from the field.

Virginia Tech: The Hokies didn't have an especially good night from 3-point range, one of their bread and butters plays this year, except for freshman Cone. He hit two 30 seconds apart in the final minutes of regulation to pull Tech within 59-58 and was 6 for 11 on the night. The rest of the Hokies were 8 for 26. The 5-10 guard is now 40 for 72 (55.5%) for the season.

UP NEXT

The Tar Heels return home to face Miami on Saturday.

Virginia Tech heads on the road to face Boston College on Saturday.

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Leaders

North Carolina PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
G. Brooks 28 0 6 13 0 0
J. Pierce 15 0 0 8 0 0
Virginia Tech PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
L. Nolley II 22 0 2 7 0 0
J. Cone 18 0 2 7 0 1

Team Comparison

UNC VaTec
Points For 77 79
Field Goals 28/64-44% 24/65-37%
Three Pointers 7/22-32% 14/37-38%
Free Throws 14/20-70% 17/21-81%
Offensive Rebounds 6 8
Defensive Rebounds 37 31
Rebounds 44 44
Blocks 2 3
Steals 1 4
Turnovers 13 9
Personal Fouls 15 17
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - VaTec Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Wed Jan 22 UNC 77 @ VaTec 79 C. Keeling 2 I. Wilkins 2

Game Information

Stadium: Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, Virginia
Attendance: 9,275
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