CHARLOTTE, N.C. — For the second time in as many weeks, the Virginia Tech men’s basketball team tangled with Florida State on Thursday.
And for the second straight week, the Seminoles handed the Hokies an overtime loss.
Terance Mann made a running, off-balance jumper from the baseline with 1.8 seconds left in overtime to give the fourth-seeded and 12th-ranked Seminoles a 65-63 win in an ACC Tournament quarterfinal at the Spectrum Center.
“We were aggressive. They were aggressive. It was a physical game. But … they made shots down the stretch and they did what they had to do,” said Tech guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker, who had 21 points. “They’re a great team.”
The fifth-seeded and 16th-ranked Hokies (24-8) were seeking to make the semifinals for the first time in eight years.
“It’s really tough to lose a game like that because our effort was there,” said Tech forward Kerry Blackshear, who had 17 points and nine rebounds. “We just failed the test again.”
Alexander-Walker held his head in his hands and dropped to his knees after missing a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
“I definitely thought it was going in,” Alexander-Walker said.
The Hokies will now await their NCAA Tournament destination. The NCAA pairings will be announced at 6 p.m. Sunday on WDBJ.
“That was a great test for what’s coming up next for us,” said Tech guard Ahmed Hill, who had 16 points. “That was a great team.”
“If we go out there and play like that next week, then I for sure think we’ll get a W.”
Florida State (26-6) beat the visiting Hokies 73-64 in overtime on March 5 to claim the fourth seed and a double bye in the ACC Tournament.
Thursday’s rematch was even more compelling.
“They’re a very deep team, very talented,” Hill said. “I just think they outplayed us. … They earned the W today.”
FSU’s Phil Cofer sank his team’s 12th 3-pointer to tie the score at 63 with 1:15 left in OT.
Alexander-Walker missed a 3-pointer with 46 seconds left in overtime. He missed a jumper as he fell backwards with 11 seconds left in OT.
FSU’s M.J. Walker grabbed the rebound, setting the stage for a Mann fast break that culminated with a fading jumper for the win.
“They were kind of jogging back on defense and I kind of caught [the pass] in stride,” Mann said. “I thought I was going to get all the way to the basket and they kind of cut me off. … I just let it go.
“I was confident. It’s not a shot I haven’t took before.”
Hill guarded Mann on the final shot.
“He made a great drive. I just tried not to foul,” Hill said. “He did a beautiful floater and it happened to go in.”
Blackshear scored Tech’s final six points of regulation.
Blackshear dunked to give Tech its first lead of the game at 54-53 with 1:16 left in regulation.
Blackshear scored to extend the lead to 56-53 with 18.6 seconds left in regulation. He was fouled but missed the free throw.
FSU’s Mfiondu Kabengele missed a 3-pointer with seven seconds left in regulation, but the Seminoles got the rebound.
After a Tech timeout, FSU freshman Devin Vassell (14 points) — guarded by Isaiah Wilkins — made a 3-pointer with 4.3 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 56 and force overtime.
“We had four options,” FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said. “With the lack of experience of Vassell, I’m sure they thought he would be the last option. But he was open.”
It was Vassell’s fourth 3-pointer of the game.
“Trent [Forrest], he just found me open,” Vassell said. “I just let it go and it went in.”
“Kind of a strange bounce that went in,” Tech coach Buzz Williams said.
The Hokies were 4 of 19 from 3-point range (21.1 percent). They missed their first 12 attempted 3-pointers.