National Basketball Association
Virginia Tech 87, Notre Dame 80
When: 7:00 PM ET, Thursday, March 10, 2022
Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
Officials: # Bert Smith, # Raymie Styons, # Clarence Armstrong
Attendance: N/A

Keve Aluma scored 20 points and Justyn Mutts recorded a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds as Virginia Tech picked up a critical 87-80 victory over Notre Dame in an Atlantic Coast Conference tournament quarterfinal on Thursday night in New York.

The seventh-seeded Hokies (21-12) advanced to their first ACC semifinal since 2011 and will play No. 3 seed North Carolina on Friday. The Tar Heels, the 25th-ranked team in the nation, knocked off No. 6 seed Virginia 63-43 later Thursday.

Virginia Tech never trailed against the second-seeded Fighting Irish (22-10), whom it beat for the second time this season.

Five Hokies players scored in double figures as they strengthened their case to make the NCAA Tournament. Storm Murphy finished with 16 points, Sean Pedulla scored 13 points and Nahiem Alleyne totaled 12.

Back to back 3-pointers by Murphy helped the Hokies take a 79-68 lead with 1:51 remaining. But Cormac Ryan scored five points during a 7-0 Notre Dame run, which pulled the Irish within four with 48 seconds left.

Mutts, who also had five assists, came up with a key block -- one of three for the game -- on Nate Laszewski, and both Pedulla and Hunter Cattoor hit a pair of free throws to help Virginia Tech hang on for the win.

Virginia Tech, which has won 11 of its past 13 games, shot 57.4 percent from the field (31 for 54) and scored 14 points in the first half off 10 Notre Dame turnovers.

The Fighting Irish, who were led by Prentiss Hubb's 23 points and five assists, cleaned things up in the second half with only two more turnovers. But Notre Dame was unable to disrupt Virginia Tech's offensive efficiency.

Ryan scored 20 points and had five rebounds while Laszewski also had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds for Notre Dame, which had won eight of its previous 10 heading into the ACC tournament. Dane Goodwin finished with 11 points, three rebounds and three assists for the Irish as well.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Virginia Tech   Notre Dame
Keve Aluma 20 Scoring Prentiss Hubb 23
Justyn Mutts 5 Assists Prentiss Hubb 5
Justyn Mutts 10 Rebounds Nate Laszewski 10
Sean Pedulla 5 Free Throws Made Cormac Ryan 8
Hunter Cattoor 3 Steals Cormac Ryan 2
Justyn Mutts 3 Blocks Paul Atkinson Jr. 1
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Virginia Tech 87 57.4 7-19 18-24 11 20 3 8 6
Notre Dame 80 52.9 7-19 19-22 15 26 1 3 12