Virginia Tech used a late 8-0 run to take the lead for good in a 70-64 win over the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge in Iowa City. The Hawkeyes had a one point lead with about six minutes remaining but coach Todd Lickliter says the Hokies got too many easy baskets.
Lickliter says he tried to explain it to his team, but he says they didn’t respond and says he believes their transition defense was the key that kept them from winning. Sophomore Anthony Tucker broke out of his shooting slump and tied a career high with 24 points. The Hawks fall to 2-5 but Tucker feels the team is headed in the right direction.
Tucker says it has been frustrating as this is the first game he has shot the ball well. He says as long as they continue to take good shots, they will start to fall eventually.
Iowa hosts Prairie View A@M on Saturday.