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VT gets behind, can't comeback late in 74-68 loss

The Hokies dug themselves a 17-point hole late, which proved too much to come back from in a 74-68 loss Wednesday at Miami.

Turnovers and keeping its opponent off the offensive glass again did Virginia Tech in. This time, the result was a 74-68 loss at Miami that again kept the Hokies from getting a second quality win on the season.

Sophomore guard Justin Robinson led five Virginia Tech players in double figures with 15 points, while senior forward Zach LeDay added 10 points and 10 rebounds.

The Hokies jumped out early with the game's first four points. But the Hurricanes ended the first half on a 9-0 run and never trailed again.

Miami put away Virginia Tech with an 18-2 run that put the Hurricanes up 65-49 with 7:13 to play. The Hokies responded with a 14-4 run, capped by a Robinson three-pointer to get within 69-63 with 30 seconds to play but could draw no closer.

Though each team finished with 32 rebounds, the Hurricanes can point to a 10-4 offensive rebounding edge, coupled with 15 Virginia Tech turnovers that helped them get off 18 more shots. Miami also scored 22 points off of those turnovers.

The Hokies are back home Sunday when they host Virginia. Tip-off is set for 6:30 pm ET in front of an already announced sellout crowd on ESPNU.

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