Hokies upset No. 3 Wildcats in Hall of Fame Tip Off Classic

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Virginia Tech Hokies defeated the No. 3 Villanova Wildcats on Saturday. The Hokies won 81-73 in overtime at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut in the Air Force Reserve Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic.

With the win, the Hokies improved to 2-0 on the season. The Wildcats fell to 2-1.

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This was Villanova’s lone game in the Naismith bracket. The Hokies will be back on Sunday night against the South Florida Bulls on ESPN2 at 8 pm EST.

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According to ESPN’s Stats & Information, Villanova had won 26 straight games vs. unranked non-conference opponents. Their last loss was to NC State in the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

With the win, Virginia has improved to 4-2 vs. an Associated Press Top 3 team in the last four seasons. This is the most in that span behind Duke.

In two straight games, there were upsets by unranked teams over Top 5 teams at the Mohegan Sun Arena. On Friday, the San Francisco Dons defeated No. 4 Virginia Cavaliers 61-60 in the Homelight Classic.

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Keve Aluma led the Hokies with 23 points. He also had eight rebounds, one assist, and two blocks.

He was one of two starters in double digits. Justyn Mutts also has 12 points.

Virginia Tech had 25 bench points. Nahiem Alleyne led the bench with 20 points.

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The Wildcats were led by Collin Gillespie, who had 25 points. He also had three rebounds, four assists, and two steals.

Gillespie was one of three starters, who scored in double figures. Caleb Daniels had 17, while Jeremiah Robinson-Earl contributed 14 points.

Villanova had just eight bench points. Cole Swider had all eight points.

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