Virginia Tech Athletics ushered in a new year by closing out the old one in style. The football team rallied from 24 points down to win the Belk Bowl, the women’s basketball team is unbeaten and ranked in the top 25, the men’s basketball team is 12-1 and closed 2016 with a win over No. 5 Duke, the men’s soccer team made it to the Elite Eight at the NCAA Championships, and the Tech wrestling team is ranked seventh nationally. More excitement is in store, and Tech administrators, coaches and student-athletes want all fans to be a part of the fun. The best way to do that is to join the “Drive for 25” and support the student-athletes who are creating all these wonderful memories. To join, please check out www.drivefor25.com.
The Virginia Tech defense forced four second-half turnovers, and the offense scored touchdowns off of every one, as the Hokies rallied from a 24-0 halftime hole to register a 35-24 victory over Arkansas in the Belk Bowl held last Thursday at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina. Jerod Evans accounted for four touchdowns, and Anthony Shegog had a sack, forced a fumble and picked off a pass to lead the way. Tech finished the season with a 10-4 record, recording 10 wins in a season for the first time since 2011. The Hokies also won their third straight bowl game – a first in program history.
Behind forward Justin Bibbs, who scored a team-high 18 points, the Virginia Tech men’s basketball team grabbed the lead early and never relinquished it en route to an 89-75 victory over Duke at Virginia Tech Carilion Court on Sunday. Bibbs hit a season-high four 3-pointers for the Hokies, who won their eighth straight game and moved to 12-1 on the season. Two days after the game, the Hokies made their first appearance in The Associated Press national poll, checking in at No. 21. It marks Tech’s first appearance in the poll since November of 2010. Tech will look to move to 2-0 in ACC play when it travels to Raleigh, North Carolina for a Wednesday night game against NC State.
(Men's Basketball • Junior • Forward • Dayton, Ohio)
Justin Bibbs came into the game against No. 5 Duke averaging less than eight points per game, but he broke out of his slump by scoring 18 points in the Hokies’ 89-75 upset of the Blue Devils on Saturday. He hit 6 of 9 from the floor, including four 3-pointers. He set season highs in points, 3-pointers and field goals in leading the Hokies to their eighth straight win.
Thanks to three double-doubles, Virginia Tech stayed undefeated on the season with a 76-68 victory over North Carolina at Virginia Tech Carilion Court on Monday in the ACC opener for both teams. Regan Magarity scored 24 points and grabbed 17 rebounds to lead the way for Tech (14-0), while Sidney Cook added 16 points and 13 rebounds. Chanette Hicks finished with 10 points and 10 assists. The Hokies will look to continue their winning ways when then travel to Clemson, South Carolina for a game against Clemson on Sunday.
The Virginia Tech football team’s trip to the Levine Children’s Hospital and to the Second Harvest Food Bank while in Charlotte for the Belk Bowl were the final two community-service events of the fall semester for Tech student-athletes. Collectively, the student-athletes performed more than 2,000 hours worth of community service in a five-month span. In addition to the football program’s visits, other projects included reading to children at local elementary schools, working at the Montgomery County Christmas Store, volunteering for the Color Me Rad run that raises money for Special Olympics, helping with West Virginia flood relief and visiting children at local hospitals.
Fan-favorite senior Sam Rogers made a tough 3-yard touchdown reception for the Hokies’ second score in their huge comeback victory over Arkansas in the Belk Bowl. Rogers is part of a small senior class – only 12 are listed on the roster – that finished with 32 wins in their careers, including a program-best three straight bowl victories.