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Breaking down the aspects of Virginia Tech's 76-71 loss to Notre Dame

The Hokies found themselves down big early, rallied, but came up short Saturday afternoon. We go over the key elements from the game.

road wins in 33 ACC games so far this season.

3 by Notre Dame.

21-2 run by the Irish in the first half that pushed them to a 33-14 lead.

9 made baskets, out of 11 attempts from the floor by Notre Dame during that stretch.

8 missed free throws by Virginia Tech, in 18 attempts.

5 of those misses that came from sophomore forward Chris Clarke

1 rebound that Clarke was away from a double-double. He finished with 21 points, 9 rebounds.

32 rebounds by the Hokies, one more than Notre Dame. The first time they've had that edge in five ACC games.

8 steals by the Fighting Irish.

22 points off 13 Virginia Tech turnovers for Notre Dame.

Game Ball...

Sophomore forward Chris Clarke. Though he had some big free throw misses, five to be exact, Clarke still kept the Hokies in the game and rallied them back with a near double-double. He finished with 21 points, 9 rebounds, five assists, two blocks and two steals. 

They said it...

“The first thing I said to them was that you had every reason to stop and you didn’t and you have every reason to win and you didn’t. I can’t remember the coach that said it, it was before I was born, if that doesn’t take a pint of blood out of you I don’t know what will. I think there’s a lot of that. I hope that they grow, we grow. It’s not them, it’s us, from how hard it is to win a game and how hard it is to execute and play to the scouting report every single possession.”

--- Coach Buzz Williams

Up Next...

The Hokies return home Wednesday to face Georgia Tech in a 9 p.m. ET tip, televised by local regional sports networks. The Yellow Jackets are 10-6 on the season, 2-2 in the ACC. They defeated Clemson at home, 75-63 Thursday and have already upset North Carolina, on New Year's eve. Georgia Tech is led by junior center Ben Lammers, who's averaged 15.4 points and 9.9 rebounds per game this season.

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