SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Justyn Mutts knew No. 20 Virginia Tech would wish to step up its recreation Wednesday evening taking part in on the highway at Notre Dame with out suspended standout Tyrece Radford.
“Everybody on the staff goes into each recreation attempting to present it their all,” stated the 6-foot-7 Mutts after his 14 factors and 11 rebounds helped the Hokies beat cold-shooting Notre Dame 62-51 in an Atlantic Coast Convention recreation.
“Tyrece is a giant a part of this staff,” Mutts continued. “What occurred was unlucky, however it’s a must to roll with the punches.”
Mutts was one among 4 gamers in double figures for coach Mike Younger’s Hokies (12-3, 6-2 ACC). Nahiem Alleyne led with 15 factors, Keve Aluma added 14 factors and 12 rebounds, and reserve Hunter Cattoor scored 13.
Virginia Tech rebounded from its 78-60 loss Saturday at Syracuse with out the companies of Radford, who was arrested early Sunday morning in Blacksburg, Virginia, on expenses of driving whereas intoxicated and carrying a hid weapon. The staff suspended him Monday.
“You’ve heard me say it – if we proceed to rebound and play protection, we’re going to have a shot,” Younger stated after his Hokies gained the battle of the boards 38-32 whereas holding the Irish to their fewest factors of the season.
Prentiss Hubb scored 22 factors to guide the Preventing Irish (5-9, 2-6), who ended a two-game successful streak. The guard scored simply 5 factors after intermission after the Irish shot 32% within the first half.
“They’ve shut us down bodily and defended us twice now,” Notre Dame coach Mike Brey stated. “They’re harder. They’ve obtained harder guys. I like my guys, however they’re actually robust and bodily defensively and it’s simply exhausting taking part in towards them. It sort of wears you out.”
Virginia Tech constructed 15-point leads twice within the first half, the second time on Aluma’s three-point play with 3:24, and Notre Dame by no means obtained out of the opening.
The Hokies shot 33% within the first half however took a 31-22 result in the locker room behind Cattoor’s 12 factors on 4-of-5 3-point capturing. Hubb scored 17 factors on 6-of-10 capturing, however the remainder of the Irish had been a mixed 2 of 15. The Hokies led 50-35 on Mutts’ basket with 12:37 to play and 62-47 late.
For the sport, Virginia Tech shot 40.3% (25 of 62) whereas holding Notre Dame to 35.7% (20 of 56).
Virginia Tech: Younger was disenchanted along with his staff’s capturing within the first half. Cattoor’s 3-point capturing within the first half gave the Hokies sufficient respiration room to hold into the second half.
“We missed some alternatives within the first half across the basket that must be automated,” he stated. “We’re not capturing nice. However Cattoor was actually good within the first half.”
Notre Dame: Irish had been coming off two victories, together with a 73-59 win at Miami on Sunday, however hit simply Three of their first 18 pictures. It was paying homage to their second half in a 77-63 loss at Virginia Tech Jan. 10 once they made simply two subject objectives and shot 10.5% from the sphere within the second half. Nate Laszewski, Notre Dame’s main scorer coming in, was held to seven factors however had 10 rebounds.
“They’re males and so they’re bodily within the lane offensively and they’re actually athletic defensively,” Brey continued in his reward of the Hokies.
Virginia Tech: No. eight Virginia Saturday at house.
Notre Dame: Saturday at Pittsburgh.
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