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Virginia Tech beats Wake Forest 83-75 on road in ACC play

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Virginia Tech beats Wake Forest 83-75 on road in ACC play

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.  -- Virginia Tech seems to have found its offensive flow again.

Ahmed Hill scored 21 points while Justin Robinson came up with three critical baskets late to help Virginia Tech hold off Wake Forest 83-75 on Wednesday night, helping the Hokies even their Atlantic Coast Conference record after an 0-2 start.

Virginia Tech (13-4, 2-2) had managed just 56 points in a loss at Syracuse and 52 points in a home loss to No. 3 Virginia while shooting a combined 35 percent. Then the Hokies had scored 81 points in a weekend win against Pittsburgh, though they didn't shoot well from behind the arc.

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This time, they shot the ball well from just about everywhere.

"We're not very good defensively, but offensively when we're sharing and making shots, it looks good," Virginia Tech coach Buzz Williams said. "I think our guys have confidence in what we're doing offensively. ... I thought this is more like the way we'd like to play."

Virginia Tech made 17 of 27 shots (63 percent) in the first half and finished the game at 51 percent. The Hokies also hit 12 3-pointers, their best output from behind the arc in a month, and had 20 assists on 29 baskets.

"Confidence is always there," said Hill, who made 5 of 10 3-pointers. "We practice those shots every day. Once it started happening, it's just a very comfortable shot we shoot every day. We know they can go in."

The Hokies led by 15 at halftime and by 17 midway through the second half, then turned away several pushes by the Demon Deacons (8-8, 1-3) down the stretch.

"I thought we handled their runs with the highest level of maturity we have shown thus far this season," Williams said.

Brandon Childress scored 17 points for the Demon Deacons, who shot 51 percent after halftime. They twice got within four in the final 5 minutes but no closer.

"We got down early," said Keyshawn Woods, who scored 12 points in his return from a one-game absence due to a knee injury. "We let them score 45 points in the first half. You let any team score 45 points in league play and be down like that, of course it's going to be a tough grind to come back."

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.

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Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State

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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.

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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.