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Buzzer beater sends Virginia Tech-Miami to overtime, Hokies escape with victory

A big shot from the Hokies keeps them in it against Miami.

Miami Hurricanes guard Kameron McGusty attempts a three point shot over Virginia Tech Hokies guard Hunter Cattoor during the first half at Watsco Center. Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Behind 22 points from Justyn Mutts, the No. 16 Virginia Tech Hokies barely survived the lowly Miami Hurricanes 80-76 in an ACC matchup on Saturday in Coral Gables, Florida.

The Hokies were up by as much as 11 in the second half, but a run for the Hurricanes closed the gap, and they were up three at 74-71 with just two seconds remaining. But it was two seconds too long for Hunter Cattoor to come off a pin down for the tie.

What a shot by Virginia Tech’s Cattoor to send the No. 16 Hokies to overtime in the Watsco Center.

The Hurricanes fall to 7-11, 3-10 in the ACC with the loss as their nightmare season continues. Isaiah Wong and Elijah Olaniyi led all Miami scorers with 19 points each, and UM won the battle on the glass 37-31. But it was all for naught, though they certainly showed improvement over the rest of their ACC schedule.

VPI shot 22-40 on two points, but just 8-23 from three-point range. Mutts added nine rebounds, and Cattoor was 4-8 from downtown, and sealed it with two clutch free throws in overtime.

Virginia Tech closed as a 5.5 point favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook.