February 10, 2015
Mueller's 3-pointer lifts Hokies over Georgia Tech
By Jimmy Robertson
Georgia Tech (11-13, 2-10) 313263
Virginia Tech (10-14, 2-9) 263965
  • Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, Va. - 5,346
  • High Points: 17 - Malik Muller
  • High Rebounds: 5 - Christian Beyer

BLACKSBURG - Virginia Tech’s Malik Müller hit a 3-pointer with 18 seconds left and finished with 17 points to lift the Hokies to a 65-63 victory over Georgia Tech in an ACC game played Monday night.

The win snapped a three-game losing streak for Virginia Tech, enabling the Hokies to move to 10-14 overall, 2-9 in the ACC. The Hokies also snapped a two-game skid to the Yellow Jackets, who fell to 11-13, 2-10.

The win marked the Hokies’ third this season by three points or less – out of 10 attempts.

“I’m happy for our guys,” Williams said. “Over 50 percent of the time, we’ve been in the exact same situation … I’m happy for our kids, for sure.”

Müller was 6 of 8 from the floor, including three 3-pointers, as the Hokies rallied from a 10-point deficit with a little more than five minutes left.

The Hokies trailed 58-48 after the Yellow Jackets’ Chris Bolden converted a three-point play with 5:07 remaining. But Virginia Tech only missed one shot the rest of the game, outscoring the Yellow Jackets 17-5 to end the game.

Virginia Tech scored on its last eight possessions and hit its last six shots. Müller made the last shot, catching a pass from Jalen Hudson and hitting a 3-pointer from the corner that gave the Hokies a 64-63 advantage with 16.1 seconds to go. The lead marked Virginia Tech’s first of the second half.

“We drew up a play where I was standing in the corner,” Müller said. “Jalen could attack the hoop, and I knew that most of the time when I get open, it’s because someone is driving baseline and my man is going to help and I’m wide open. I kind of knew it was going to happen. I was ready for the shot, so it came and I took it.”

Georgia Tech called a timeout with 12.1 seconds remaining to set up a final play, but Marcus Georges-Hunt’s layup was heavily contested, and officials ruled the ball went out of bounds off a Georgia Tech player with less than 3 seconds left. They reviewed the play and determined the call to be correct, giving the Hokies possession.

Adam Smith made 1 of 2 free throws with 1.8 seconds to go to give the Hokies a two-point lead. Following a timeout, Georgia Tech did not get a shot attempt off before the final buzzer.

Smith scored 15 points for the Hokies, who shot 52.1 percent from the floor (25 of 48) – their best shooting performance in an ACC game this season. Shane Henry added 10.

Virginia Tech shot 56 percent in the second half (14 of 25).

Charles Mitchell led the Yellow Jackets with 17 points. Georges-Hunt had 11, while Chris Bolden and Tadric Jackson each added 10.

The Hokies continue conference action on Saturday when they begin the first of three straight road games with a contest at Clemson. Tipoff is slated for noon.

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