LEXINGTON, Ky. – In front of 22,690 people at Rupp Arena Saturday afternoon, the Virginia Tech men’s basketball fell to the hands of No. 8 Kentucky, 93-86, despite shooting 58.2 percent from the floor. The Hokies (9-2) were paced by redshirt junior Ahmed Hill, who poured in 20 points, including five 3-pointers, and junior Justin Robinson, who was an assist shy of a double-double with 19 points and nine assists, against the Wildcats (9-1).
Jumping out to a 20-16 lead after a Kerry Blackshear Jr. free throw, Tech went back-and-forth with Kentucky mid-way through the first half. The Wildcats got hot, though, going up by five points, 37-32, at the five-minute mark. However, Tech came storming back by finishing the half on a 15-4 run behind 10 points combined from Blackshear and guard Justin Bibbs.
Leading 47-41 at the break, the Hokies led all the way up to the 11:38 mark before the ‘Cats took a 62-60 advantage. Each side scored 23 points from then on, making it 85-83 with 1:17 left, but UK closed the affair scoring eight of the next 11 points to claim it, 93-86. The contest featured eight ties and 11 lead changes, while no team gained a larger lead than eight points.
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