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FINAL: Florida State falls to Virginia Tech at the Tuck (Live Blog recap)

Florida State's head coach Leonard Hamilton celebrates with his team their first ever ACC...
Florida State's head coach Leonard Hamilton celebrates with his team their first ever ACC championship after an NCAA college basketball game against Boston College Saturday, March 7 2020, in Tallahassee, Fla. Florida State won 80-62. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)(Steve Cannon | AP)
Published: Jan. 29, 2022 at 2:19 PM EST
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Hey everybody, your friendly neighborhood Sports Director Ryan Kelly here. As I’m typing this we’re just under an hour away from tip between the Florida State Seminoles (13-6, 6-3 ACC) and the Virginia Tech Hokies (10-10, 2-7 ACC). I’ll be putting out live updates from here so feel free to bookmark and refresh often if you’re out and about and want updates.

FINAL: FSU drops its second game at the Tuck this season and its first ever to Virginia Tech at the venue 85-72. Injuries, cold snaps and VT’s hot shooting too much to overcome.

SECOND HALF

3:46 - Couple quick baskets from both sides see it 78-62 Hokies and some fans are heading to the exits to beat the traffic. Gonna take a lot for FSU to pull this one off.

4:32 - Timeout ‘Noles as the Hokies cap a 14-0 run with five straight shots. 76-70 VT who are an absurd 17-24 beyond the arc.

6:30 - Leonard Hamilton calls timeout as back-to-back threes push the Hokie lead to 68-60. If I’m not mistaken tied for the biggest lead since the half started for either team.

7:56 - This one is coming down to the wire. Virginia Tech still leads it 60-56. Polite and McLeon continue to be a force for FSU with 14 and 13 respectively. Meanwhile Pedulla is up to 20 for VT.

11:25 - Back and forth we go with Virginia Tech currently in front 55-54. The fouls are starting to pile up on both teams with five on VT and 4 on FSU so expect these teams to have some high pressure moments at the line soon.

15:08 - The threes aren’t stopping for VT but Florida State still putting up one heck of a fight. 49-48 VT. Something to keep an eye on is the health of Anthony Polite who’s clearly injured his wrist and is in a good bit of pain.

17:33 - Timeout on the floor and the Seminoles have come to play. A quick 11-3 run to start the second half has this game all tied up at 42.

HALFTIME: The Seminoles have work to do after the offense goes cold and Virginia Tech continues to bury triples. 39-31 at the break as the ‘Noles play their first game without Malik Osborne and are also without the services of RayQuan Evans

FIRST HALF

2:39 - Coach Ham calls timeout as the VT three bombs keep falling. 33-27 Tech

3:52 - Tech takes a 28-27 into the final media break of the half courtesy a three ball from Hunter Cattoor who has six for the Hokies.

7:02 - Still a tight one at the Tuck that sees FSU ahead 29-28. The assault from beyond the arc continues with both teams shooting 50% from downtown. FSU shooting better overall though at 60% from the floor to the Hokies’ 47%.

10:38 - The good news? The FSU offense has come to life early. Bad news? So has the Hokies. The ‘Noles lead it 19-18 at the under 12 TO with both teams shooting above 40% beyond the arc. Anthony Polite leads all Seminoles with seven points.

15:48 - We’ve hit the first media TO of the game with VT off to an early 7-5 lead. A three point play from Naheem McLeod down low and a friendly roll for Matt Cleveland account for FSU’s offense so far.

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