National Basketball Association
Syracuse 71, Virginia Tech 69
When: 12:00 PM ET, Saturday, January 18, 2020
Where: Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, Virginia
Officials: # Brian Dorsey, # Les Jones, # Jeff Pon
Attendance: 9275

Virginia Tech's Landers Nolley II missed a contested 30-foot 3-pointer with three seconds left as Syracuse held on to beat the Hokies 71-69 in an ACC game on Saturday afternoon in Blacksburg, Va.

Syracuse's Marek Dolezaj made a free throw with one second left and purposely missed the second attempt. Nolley's desperation length-of-the-court heave fell short as time ran out.

Buddy Boeheim had a game-high 26 points -- including 18 consecutive points for Syracuse in one stretch of the first half -- and Elijah Hughes added 17 points and seven rebounds for the Orange (11-7, 4-3 ACC). Dolezaj had 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Jalen Cone led Virginia Tech (13-5, 4-3) with 14 points. Nolley finished with 13 points, seven assists and six rebounds.

Virginia Tech went on a 7-0 run to cut the lead to 66-65 with 1:52 left in regulation. After a Syracuse timeout, Dolezaj made a layup. Nahiem Alleyne answered with a jumper for the Hokies with 1:21 remaining.

Hughes' jumper increased the Syracuse lead to 70-67 but Wabissa Bede responded with a layup while he was fouled. Bede missed the free throw and the Orange held on to their 70-69 lead with 40 seconds remaining.

A shot-clock violation turned the ball over to Virginia Tech with 10 seconds left. Following a timeout with 7.4 seconds remaining, Nolley made a quick release after receiving a pass and the 3-point shot banged off the rim.

The teams played only 11 days previously at Syracuse with the Hokies winning 67-63. Virginia Tech went on a 21-4 run in the second half of that game to overcome a nine-point deficit.

Virginia Tech made six of its first nine 3-point attempts in the second half Saturday to narrow a 47-34 lead for Syracuse down to 53-51 with Nolley's 3-pointer with 10:30 left in regulation.

Boeheim's 18 consecutive points for Syracuse was half of the Orange's output in the first half. He finished the half shooting 7 of 13 from the field, including 4 of 8 from 3-point range. He finished 10 of 20 from the field and 5 of 13 from beyond the arc.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Syracuse   Virginia Tech
Buddy Boeheim 26 Scoring Nahiem Alleyne 17
Buddy Boeheim 2 Assists Landers Nolley II 7
Marek Dolezaj 11 Rebounds Landers Nolley II 6
Elijah Hughes 4 Free Throws Made P.J. Horne 2
Quincy Guerrier 2 Steals P.J. Horne 1
Marek Dolezaj 1 Blocks Landers Nolley II 1
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Syracuse 71 48.3 6-24 7-10 10 35 2 6 4
Virginia Tech 69 42.4 15-37 4-8 22 28 1 1 7