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Outlaw helps No. 10 Hokies down Fighting Irish, 81-66

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) Ty Outlaw hit the first 3-pointer, and it became his turn to carry the No. 10 Hokies in a game when four guys took turns.

''He fuels me and we feed off each other,'' Outlaw said of Ahmed Hill, who made consecutive baskets before Outlaw's first 3-pointer from the corner, right in front of the Virginia Tech bench, splashed through in an 81-66 victory against Notre Dame on Tuesday.

''If one of us is going, we look at the other like, `Hey, come on.' That's what we do,'' Outlaw said.

Outlaw hit three 3-pointers in a 22-9 run that allowed the Hokies to pull away, then added a fourth after Notre Dame closed to within 71-60 with 3:51 to play. Earlier, Hill hit a pair of 3-pointers after the Fighting Irish closed to within 43-42 with about 15 minutes to play.

The red-hot shooting made it low stress afternoon for point guard Justin Robinson, who scored just seven points but had eight assists, moving him past Jamon Gordon and into third place in program history with 521. Gordon had 514 between 2003-07.

''When you have four guys on the court with you that are not missing and they're making every shot, you know that you just have to hit them at the right time in the right spot or call a play that you know where they're tagging from and hit them,'' Robinson said.

Kerry Blackshear Jr. led the Hokies (12-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) with 21 points, Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Hill scored 17 apiece and Outlaw finished with 14. Virginia Tech led just 49-44 before Alexander-Walker sparked the run with a pair of driving baskets and Hill followed with two. Outlaw's trio of 3s and one from Blackshear pushed the margin back to 18 and the Irish never got within 10 again.

''They're old and they know who they are and they spread you out and make shots. Really, really good,'' Irish coach Mike Brey said. ''We're kind of a youth movement group playing against men today. We gave ourselves some chances a couple times. Just couldn't get over the hump on the road against a really good team. They made every big shot any time we kind of got within striking distance.''

In the half, Virginia Tech was 20 for 28 (71.4 percent from the field) and made eight of nine tries from 3-point range.

T.J. Gibbs scored 19 points, 13 in the second half, as Notre Dame (10-4, 0-1) had its four-game winning streak snapped. D.J. Harvey added 16 and Nate Laszewski had 14. The Fighting Irish made 13 3-pointers but needed 34 attempts and shot 41 percent overall (23-56).

BIG PICTURE

Notre Dame: The Irish hurt themselves badly with nine turnovers in the first half, all coming before Virginia Tech had its first with 3:24 left in the half. The Fighting Irish finished with just 11 turnovers to seven for the Hokies, but they were fighting uphill virtually the whole game.

Virginia Tech: The Hokies' continuing ability to shoot from downtown - they were 11 for 18 from 3-point territory - makes them a danger every time they take the floor, but it is their continuing attention to improved defense that stands out most this year. Virginia Tech has only allowed one opponent, then-No. 22 Purdue, to reach 70 points this season, and that came in an 88-83 Hokies' victory.

SYMMETRY

''There are a lot of teams that have really good players, better than the players we have, but the symmetry and togetherness of the group is what I think is very unique.'' - Virginia Tech coach Buzz Williams.

UP NEXT

Notre Dame: The Fighting Irish head home to face Syracuse on Saturday.

Virginia Tech: The Hokies remain at home to face Boston College on Saturday.

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Key Players
T. Gibbs
10 G
J. Robinson
5 G
32.1 Min. Per Game 32.1
13.9 Pts. Per Game 13.9
5.9 Ast. Per Game 5.9
3.4 Reb. Per Game 3.4
36.0 Field Goal % 46.4
35.8 Three Point % 39.2
72.9 Free Throw % 82.0
+ 3 Justin Robinson made 3-pt. jump shot 3.0
+ 3 John Mooney made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Dane Goodwin 28.0
+ 2 Kerry Blackshear Jr. made jump shot, assist by Nickeil Alexander-Walker 41.0
+ 2 John Mooney made dunk 1:09
  Offensive rebound by John Mooney 1:09
  Dane Goodwin missed layup 1:09
  Bad pass turnover on Justin Robinson, stolen by Dane Goodwin 1:15
  Defensive rebound by Ty Outlaw 1:39
  D.J. Harvey missed free throw 1:39
  Personal foul on Ty Outlaw 1:39
  Out of bounds turnover on Justin Robinson 1:51
Team Stats
Points 66 81
Field Goals 23-56 (41.1%) 33-55 (60.0%)
3-Pointers 13-34 (38.2%) 11-18 (61.1%)
Free Throws 7-13 (53.8%) 4-5 (80.0%)
Total Rebounds 33 25
Offensive 13 2
Defensive 17 22
Team 3 1
Assists 13 19
Steals 2 5
Blocks 5 1
Turnovers 11 7
Fouls 10 13
Technicals 0 0
19 PTS, 1 REB, 4 AST
21 PTS, 7 REB, 2 AST
12T
away team logo Notre Dame 10-4 283866
home team logo 10 Virginia Tech 12-1 305181
Team Stats
away team logo Notre Dame 10-4 68.7 PPG 39 RPG 12.8 APG
home team logo 10 Virginia Tech 12-1 73.8 PPG 35.4 RPG 15.2 APG
Key Players
10
T. Gibbs G 13.4 PPG 1.9 RPG 3.4 APG 34.7 FG%
24
K. Blackshear Jr. F 14.7 PPG 7.2 RPG 2.3 APG 52.0 FG%
Top Scorers
T. Gibbs G 19 PTS 1 REB 4 AST
K. Blackshear Jr. F 21 PTS 7 REB 2 AST
41.1 FG% 60.0
38.2 3PT FG% 61.1
53.8 FT% 80.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Gibbs 19 1 4 6/13 5/10 2/3 2 38 0 0 2 1 0
D. Harvey 16 7 0 6/13 1/5 3/6 1 33 1 0 1 1 6
J. Mooney 9 10 2 3/4 1/1 2/4 1 27 0 1 2 5 5
P. Hubb 3 3 3 1/10 1/8 0/0 0 37 0 0 2 1 2
J. Durham 2 2 2 1/2 0/0 0/0 5 14 0 4 2 2 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Gibbs 19 1 4 6/13 5/10 2/3 2 38 0 0 2 1 0
D. Harvey 16 7 0 6/13 1/5 3/6 1 33 1 0 1 1 6
J. Mooney 9 10 2 3/4 1/1 2/4 1 27 0 1 2 5 5
P. Hubb 3 3 3 1/10 1/8 0/0 0 37 0 0 2 1 2
J. Durham 2 2 2 1/2 0/0 0/0 5 14 0 4 2 2 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
N. Laszewski 14 1 0 5/9 4/8 0/0 1 24 0 0 0 0 1
D. Goodwin 3 6 2 1/5 1/2 0/0 0 26 1 0 2 3 3
L. Nelligan 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
R. Pflueger - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Djogo - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Carmody - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Doherty - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 66 30 13 23/56 13/34 7/13 10 200 2 5 11 13 17
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Blackshear Jr. 21 7 2 9/18 1/2 2/2 4 34 0 1 1 2 5
A. Hill 17 4 4 7/8 3/4 0/0 0 36 1 0 0 0 4
N. Alexander-Walker 17 4 2 7/8 1/1 2/3 3 32 2 0 2 0 4
J. Robinson 7 3 8 3/9 1/2 0/0 2 35 2 0 4 0 3
W. Bede 3 0 3 1/2 1/2 0/0 0 22 0 0 0 0 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Blackshear Jr. 21 7 2 9/18 1/2 2/2 4 34 0 1 1 2 5
A. Hill 17 4 4 7/8 3/4 0/0 0 36 1 0 0 0 4
N. Alexander-Walker 17 4 2 7/8 1/1 2/3 3 32 2 0 2 0 4
J. Robinson 7 3 8 3/9 1/2 0/0 2 35 2 0 4 0 3
W. Bede 3 0 3 1/2 1/2 0/0 0 22 0 0 0 0 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Outlaw 14 5 0 5/9 4/7 0/0 1 28 0 0 0 0 5
P. Horne 2 1 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 3 10 0 0 0 0 1
I. Wilkins 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
L. Nolley II - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Kabongo - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Radford - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Palmer - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 81 24 19 33/55 11/18 4/5 13 200 5 1 7 2 22