OXFORD, Miss. (AP) Chris Clarke scored 16 points and grabbed 12 rebounds from the bench on Saturday when Virginia Tech bounced back from a 16-point second-half deficit to defeat Mississippi 83-80 in overtime.
Virginia Tech (7-1) placed five players in double figures, led by Kerry Blackshear Jr. with 17 points. Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Justin Robinson had 13 points apiece, while Justin Bibbs added 11. The Hokies won five consecutive games.
"The most satisfying thing is that we played a lot of young players and there were five or six times when we could have vanished," said Virginia Tech coach Buzz Williams. "We did not do it, free throws were also very important."
P.J. Horne came to the basket for life, 79-77, with 2:37 to play in overtime and the Hokies sealed it with a pair of free throws by Robinson and Alexander-Walker. Virginia Tech was 26 of 37 (71 percent) from the free throw line, including an effort of 13 out of 15 that spanned the second half and most of the extra time.
"They made more free throws than we tried, they really took us to the free throw line," said Mississippi coach Andy Kennedy. "At the end of the day, you have to make plays at the end and we just did not do it."
Terence Davis and Breein Tyree scored 17 points apiece for the Rebels (4-3), led 47-31 with 18:01 remaining and 39-29 at halftime. Markel Crawford and Deandre Burnett added 13 and 11 points, respectively, as Ole Miss lost his third game in the last four starts.
Virginia Tech finished 25 of 57 (44 percent) from the field, including 7 of 22 (32 percent). ) from the 3 point range. Ole Miss was 29 out of 73 (40 percent) and 9 out of 31 (29 percent) of the 3 point range. The Rebels were 13 of 24 (54 percent) of the free throw line.
Virginia Tech: The Hokies completed a week with consecutive wins over the Power Five conference teams outside the ACC for the first time since 2012 -13 season, defeated Iowa and Ole Miss. In the second half, Virginia Tech had a crucial 16-3 increase highlighted by 3-point shots by Clarke and Bibbs to establish the tight end. Robinson went 7 for 8 from the free throw line and added eight badists.
"We are approaching these last two games as an opportunity to grow," Williams said. "We grew a lot today, but we really did not have another option, this is a very important victory on the road."
Ole Miss: Davis is still the Rebels' showcase, adding seven rebounds, five badists and a pair of blocked shots, but missed a couple of 3-point shots in overtime. The Rebels rich in guards lacked production around the basket other than Bruce Stevens with seven points and six rebounds in 17 minutes.
Virginia Tech finished with 14 turnovers, but converted the ball only four times in the final 16 minutes. Ole Miss finished 9 of 31 from the 3-point range, but only touched 3 of 23 after the first 10 minutes. The rebels did not reach a 3-point shot in the last 15 minutes of regulation or overtime.
Virginia Tech: The Hokies host Radford on Wednesday.
Ole Miss: the rebels visit the middle state of Tennessee on Saturday.