Saturday’s Top 25 basketball: Virginia Tech upsets No. 3 Villanova in overtime
Uncasville, Conn. — Virginia Tech overcame some late-game adversity to dominate overtime and upset No. 3 Villanova just a day after learning they would be playing the Wildcats.
Keve Aluma scored 22 points, Nahiem Alleyne had 20 and Tyrece Radford added eight points and 13 rebounds for Tech (2-0), which won 81-73 Saturday night, outscoring the Wildcats 17-9 in the extra frame.
"I thought we guarded so very well throughout and we did it again over a five-minute period in the overtime and found a way to win," Coach Mike Young said. "A huge win for us."
Collin Gillespie scored 18 of his 25 points in the first half for Villanova (2-1). Caleb Daniels added 17 points and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl finished with 14 for the Wildcats.
The teams were tied at 29 after 20 minutes and deadlocked at 38 five minutes into the second half.
The Wildcats appeared to take control of the game from there, going on an 11-0 run and holding the Hokies scoreless for five minutes.
"You learn when you have a lead and you're playing against a good team, you've got to play every possession until the end," Villanova coach Jay Wright said. "So, we're definitely going to learn that the hard way."
Virginia Tech chipped away and led 64-62 lead with 1.3 seconds remaining on an odd three-point play by Aluma, who scored on a beautiful assist from Cartier Diarra in the lane, and then unintentionally banked in a free throw he was trying to miss.
Villanova's Justin Moore then drew a charge on Justyn Mutts on the inbounds play and Moore's two foul shots sent the game into overtime tied at 64.
Mutts made up for that mistake by scoring the first five points in extra time and the Hokies never relinquished the lead.
"That was a key, just keeping our cool and feeding off our bench's energy, that helped us through the game," Aluma said.
The game was an unexpected third in four days for Villanova in "Bubbleville," the 11-day gathering of college basketball teams at the Mohegan Sun resort casino for early season nonconference play.
The Hokies were supposed to face Temple on Saturday, but the Owls were forced to pause team activities for two weeks on Thanksgiving after a positive coronavirus test in the program. That meant canceling not only Saturday's game, but a contest that had been scheduled for Dec. 3 at Villanova.
That left both the Hokies and the Wildcats at the Mohegan Sun looking for a game.
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No. 2 Baylor 111, Louisiana-Lafayette 82: MaCio Teague scored 21 points and Baylor won its delayed season opener in Las Vegas. Baylor, which adjusted its opening schedule after coach Scott Drew tested positive for COVID-19, shot 45 for 80 (56.3%) from the floor, including 15 for 27 (55.6%) from 3-point range. Davion Mitchell finished with 18 points, Jared Butler and LJ Cryer each scored 17, and Adam Flagler chipped in 12. Cedric Russell led the Ragin Cajuns, also opening the season, with 26 points.
(At) No. 9 Duke 81, Coppin State 71: Freshman Jalen Johnson had 19 points, 19 rebounds and four blocks for Duke. The 6-foot-9 Johnson made all eight of his shots from the field, including a 3-pointer, and both of free throws. He also had five assists. Fellow freshman DJ Steward scored 24 points, including a 3-pointer with 2:02 left that helped keep Duke in control during an unexpectedly tight finish.