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Clarke scores 16, Virginia Tech beats Ole Miss 83-80 in OT

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) Chris Clarke scored 16 points and grabbed 12 rebounds off the bench on Saturday as Virginia Tech rallied from a 16-point deficit in the second half to defeat Mississippi 83-80 in overtime.

Virginia Tech (7-1) placed five players in double figures, led by Kerry Blackshear Jr. with 17 points. Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Justin Robinson had 13 points apiece, while Justin Bibbs added 11. The Hokies have won five consecutive games.

''The most satisfying thing is we play a lot of young players and there were five or six times when we could have faded away,'' Virginia Tech coach Buzz Williams said. ''We didn't. The free throws were really important, too.''

P.J. Horne hit the go-ahead basket, 79-77, with 2:37 left in overtime and the Hokies sealed it with a pair of free throws from Robinson and Alexander-Walker. Virginia Tech was 26 of 37 (71 percent) from the free throw line, including a 13-of-15 effort that spanned the second half and most of overtime.

''They made more free throws than we attempted. They really took it to us to get to the free throw line,'' Mississippi coach Andy Kennedy said. ''At the end of the day, you've got to make plays at the finish and we just didn't do that.''

Terence Davis and Breein Tyree scored 17 points apiece for the Rebels (4-3), who led 47-31 with 18:01 remaining and 39-29 at halftime. Markel Crawford and Deandre Burnett added 13 and 11 points, respectively, as Ole Miss dropped its third game in the last four starts.

Virginia Tech finished 25 of 57 (44 percent) from the floor, including 7 of 22 (32 percent) from 3-point range. Ole Miss was 29 of 73 (40 percent) and 9 of 31 (29 percent) from 3-point range. The Rebels were 13 of 24 (54 percent) from the free throw line.

BIG PICTURE

Virginia Tech: The Hokies completed a week with consecutive wins over Power Five conference teams outside the ACC for the first time since the 2012-13 season, defeated Iowa and Ole Miss. In the second half, Virginia Tech had a crucial 16-3 surge highlighted by 3-point shots from Clarke and Bibbs to set up the tight finish. Robinson was 7 of 8 from the free throw line and added eight assists.

''We approached these last two games as an opportunity to grow up,'' Williams said. ''We grew up a lot today, but really we had no choice. This is a very important road win.''

Ole Miss: Davis continues to be the showcase player for the Rebels, adding seven rebounds, five assists and a pair of blocked shots, but missed badly on a pair of 3-point shots in overtime. The guard-rich Rebels lacked production around the basket apart from Bruce Stevens with seven points and six rebounds in 17 minutes.

INSIDE THE STATISTICS

Virginia Tech finished with 14 turnovers, but turned ball over only four times in the final 16 minutes. Ole Miss finished 9 of 31 from 3-point range, but hit only 3 of 23 after the opening 10 minutes. The Rebels did not hit a 3-point shot in the final 15 minutes of regulation or overtime.

UP NEXT

Virginia Tech: The Hokies host Radford on Wednesday.

Ole Miss: The Rebels visit Middle Tennessee State on Saturday.

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Key Players
A. Hill
D. Burnett
32.0 Min. Per Game 32.0
18.0 Pts. Per Game 18.0
8.0 Ast. Per Game 8.0
5.0 Reb. Per Game 5.0
57.5 Field Goal % 38.5
53.1 Three Point % 28.6
72.7 Free Throw % 83.3
  Defensive rebound by Virginia Tech 0.0
  Breein Tyree missed 3-pt. jump shot 2.0
  Defensive rebound by Bruce Stevens 3.0
  Devin Wilson missed 2nd of 2 free throws 3.0
  Defensive rebound by Bruce Stevens 3.0
  Devin Wilson missed 1st of 2 free throws 3.0
  Personal foul on Bruce Stevens 3.0
  Defensive rebound by Virginia Tech 4.0
  Terence Davis missed 3-pt. jump shot 6.0
+ 1 Nickeil Alexander-Walker made 2nd of 2 free throws 20.0
+ 1 Nickeil Alexander-Walker made 1st of 2 free throws 20.0
Team Stats
Points 83 80
Field Goals 25-57 (43.9%) 29-73 (39.7%)
3-Pointers 7-22 (31.8%) 9-31 (29.0%)
Free Throws 26-37 (70.3%) 13-24 (54.2%)
Total Rebounds 41 42
Offensive 5 10
Defensive 28 28
Team 8 4
Assists 18 17
Steals 6 3
Blocks 1 7
Turnovers 14 12
Fouls 21 28
Technicals 0 0
17 PTS, 7 REB, 5 AST
12OTT
away team logo Virginia Tech 7-1 29431183
home team logo Ole Miss 4-3 3933880
Team Stats
away team logo Virginia Tech 7-1 79.8 PPG 35.2 RPG 16.4 APG
home team logo Ole Miss 4-3 75.8 PPG 42.8 RPG 14.6 APG
Key Players
24
K. Blackshear Jr. F 12.5 PPG 5.9 RPG 1.2 APG 55.8 FG%
4
B. Tyree G 10.8 PPG 2.2 RPG 2.8 APG 39.4 FG%
Top Scorers
K. Blackshear Jr. F 17 PTS 5 REB 0 AST
B. Tyree G 17 PTS 8 REB 5 AST
43.9 FG% 39.7
31.8 3PT FG% 29.0
70.3 FT% 54.2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
K. Blackshear Jr. 23 17 5 0 1 1 0 5 5/8 0/0 7/11 2 3
J. Robinson 34 13 1 8 2 0 2 4 2/9 2/3 7/8 0 1
N. Alexander-Walker 33 13 5 1 1 0 2 1 4/11 1/6 4/6 2 3
J. Bibbs 41 11 3 1 0 0 4 1 3/8 1/5 4/4 0 3
A. Hill 18 5 3 2 1 0 2 3 2/5 1/3 0/0 0 3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
K. Blackshear Jr. 23 17 5 0 1 1 0 5 5/8 0/0 7/11 2 3
J. Robinson 34 13 1 8 2 0 2 4 2/9 2/3 7/8 0 1
N. Alexander-Walker 33 13 5 1 1 0 2 1 4/11 1/6 4/6 2 3
J. Bibbs 41 11 3 1 0 0 4 1 3/8 1/5 4/4 0 3
A. Hill 18 5 3 2 1 0 2 3 2/5 1/3 0/0 0 3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
C. Clarke 35 16 12 4 1 0 3 3 6/9 1/2 3/4 1 11
P. Horne 11 4 2 1 0 0 0 2 2/2 0/0 0/0 0 2
T. Jackson 7 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 1/3 1/2 0/0 0 0
D. Wilson 23 1 2 1 0 0 1 1 0/2 0/1 1/4 0 2
N. Fullard - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Ammerman - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Bede - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 225 83 33 18 6 1 14 21 25/57 7/22 26/37 5 28
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
T. Davis 31 17 7 5 0 2 1 4 6/17 4/11 1/2 3 4
B. Tyree 34 17 8 5 1 1 4 4 6/14 2/6 3/5 3 5
M. Crawford 39 13 4 0 0 0 0 3 5/10 2/3 1/3 1 3
D. Burnett 34 11 0 7 1 0 1 2 4/14 1/5 2/2 0 0
M. Hymon 21 5 3 0 0 2 2 5 2/2 0/0 1/3 0 3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
T. Davis 31 17 7 5 0 2 1 4 6/17 4/11 1/2 3 4
B. Tyree 34 17 8 5 1 1 4 4 6/14 2/6 3/5 3 5
M. Crawford 39 13 4 0 0 0 0 3 5/10 2/3 1/3 1 3
D. Burnett 34 11 0 7 1 0 1 2 4/14 1/5 2/2 0 0
M. Hymon 21 5 3 0 0 2 2 5 2/2 0/0 1/3 0 3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
B. Stevens 17 7 6 0 0 1 2 2 2/4 0/2 3/6 1 5
D. Shuler 22 6 4 0 1 0 0 0 3/9 0/3 0/1 1 3
D. Olejniczak 9 2 3 0 0 0 2 5 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 3
J. Furmanavicius 18 2 3 0 0 1 0 3 0/1 0/1 2/2 1 2
L. Below - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Silins - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Davis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Horn - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Morgano - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Tyrtyshnik - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 225 80 38 17 3 7 12 28 29/73 9/31 13/24 10 28