Bibbs' 32 lead Virginia Tech over Wake Forest 93-91


Bibbs' 32 lead Virginia Tech over Wake Forest 93-91

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) -- Justin Bibbs scored a career-high 32 points to lift Virginia Tech to a 93-91 victory over Wake Forest on Wednesday night.

Bibbs connected on 12 of 18 from the floor, including three 3-pointers. He made all five of his free-throw attempts.

Virginia Tech (11-6, 3-1 ACC) led 89-84 with 40.7 seconds remaining after Zach LeDay made the second of two free throws. But Wake Forest got 3-pointers from Mitchell Wilbekin and Codi Miller-McIntyre on consecutive possessions, the final of which cut the Hokies' lead to 91-90 with 9 seconds left.

Wake Forest (10-6, 1-3) then fouled the Hokies' Kerry Blackshear, Jr., with 6.3 seconds to go, and Blackshear made both free throws to give the Hokies a 93-90 lead.

Miller-McIntyre pushed the ball up the court and attempted a 3-pointer. He was fouled by Bibbs and went to the free-throw line, needing to make all three attempts to tie the game. He missed the first one, and made the second one. He missed the third one, with the ball going out of bounds. The Hokies then threw the ball inbounds and ran out the clock.

Wake Forest shot 58.9 percent from the floor (33 of 56), but the Hokies held off the Demon Deacons by making 29 of 35 from the free-throw line (82.9 percent).

Bibbs scored 18 of his points in the final six minutes of first half to give the Hokies a 45-38 halftime lead. LeDay finished with 20 points for Virginia Tech and Justin Robinson added a career-high 17.

Miller-McIntyre led Wake Forest with 22 points. Devin Thomas added 16 points and 11 rebounds.


Virginia Tech: Virginia Tech's 93 points were a season high. ... The Hokies' 82.9 percent shooting from the free-throw line was their best this season. ... Virginia Tech was averaging 24.3 points in the first half of their three ACC games, but scored 45 against Wake Forest. ... Robinson's 17 surpassed his previous high of 11, which came on two occasions. ... LeDay scored in double figures for a team-best 14th time. ... Satchel Pierce hadn't scored in the Hokies' three previous games, but had six points and four rebounds.

Wake Forest: Thomas has nine double-doubles on the season and 30 for his career. ... Wake Forest has lost 16 straight ACC road games. The Demon Deacons haven't won an ACC road game since winning in Blacksburg on Jan. 22, 2014. ... The Demon Deacons lost a game decided by six points or less for the first time this season. . Wake Forest is now 2-6 in Blacksburg since Virginia Tech joined the ACC for the 2004-05 season.

Georgetown gets a boost with Jessie Govan returning to school

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Georgetown gets a boost with Jessie Govan returning to school

After testing the NBA Draft waters, Georgetown center Jessie Govan decided to return to the Hoyas for his senior season.

Govan announced his intention to return on Instagram a week before the final commitment deadline.

Returning to the Hoyas is definitely a boost to the program that will be in their second year under head coach Patrick Ewing.  At 6-10, Govan was the team’s leading scorer (17.9 ppg) and rebounder (10.0 rpg) averaging a double-double last season.

Paired alongside power forward Marcus Derrickson, the Hoyas were nearly unstoppable in the paint. Derrickson though decided to forgo his senior year and signed with an agent after the season.

Had Govan decided to leave that would have meant over 56 percent of the team’s scoring and rebounding would have departed (to graduation or professional pursuits) in a handful of months. Not the best outlook for a 15-win team that went 5-13 in the Big East.

Instead Ewing gets back his leading scorer that many believe he can mold as a young protégée. While in the draft process without an agent Govan had workouts with the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks. Both are valuable experiences that he will bring to a relatively young Georgetown squad.

Having Govan for one more year will bridge Ewing’s second season to transfer big-man, Omer Yurtseven to his first year of eligibility in 2019. They were set up to having a walk-on and two sophomores being the only returning Hoyas over 6-6 for the upcoming season.


Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State


Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State

The pieces are starting to come together for Patrick Ewing.

On Monday the Georgetown Hoyas picked up perhaps the biggest (literally and figuratively) target of the transfer market, Omer Yurtseven.

From North Carolina State, the transfer from Istanbul Turkey will have two years remaining of eligibility. Due to NCAA transfer rules, he is not allowed to play for the 2018-19 season.


Standing at 7-0, the center helped power the Wolfpack to an NCAA tournament bid this past season. Averaging 13.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks a contest, Yurstseven earned All-ACC Third Team honors in the 2017-18 season. He also touted a 58.3 shooting percentage and was not afraid to pull it up from deep either (22 made three-pointers).

NC State lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to No. 8 Seton Hall, but he was limited due to foul trouble with only two points and two rebounds in 14 minutes of play.

Initially, he is the option to fill the void that Jessie Govan will leave, whether that is during this offseason or next. Already the team has lost power forward Marcus Derrickson

Yurtseven will just be another frontcourt talent for Ewing with the Hoyas.

It was widely reported that he was considering playing options, both in the United States and abroad before this announcement. Easily he has the talent to go in first round of the NBA Draft whichever year he declares.

On the same day, the Hoyas also announced the signing of four-star guard James Akinjo.