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Emelogu and Virginia Tech hold the lead and beat West Virginia 87-82

  • Virginia Tech guard Ben Emelogu (15) struggles with his headband under the basket during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against West Virginia, in Blacksburg, Va., Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/The Roanoke Times, Daniel Lin)   LOCAL TV OUT; SALEM TIMES REGISTER OUT; FINCASTLE HERALD OUT;  CHRISTIANBURG NEWS MESSENGER OUT; RADFORD NEWS JOURNAL OUT; ROANOKE STAR SENTINEL OUT

    Virginia Tech guard Ben Emelogu (15) struggles with his headband under the basket during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against West Virginia, in Blacksburg, Va., Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/The Roanoke Times, Daniel Lin) LOCAL TV OUT; SALEM TIMES REGISTER OUT; FINCASTLE HERALD OUT; CHRISTIANBURG NEWS MESSENGER OUT; RADFORD NEWS JOURNAL OUT; ROANOKE STAR SENTINEL OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • West Virginia forward Remi Dibo, right, knocks the ball away from Virginia Tech guard Devin Wilson (11), center, as West Virginia's Juwan Staten, bottom, looks up at the action during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Blacksburg, Va., Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/The Roanoke Times, Daniel Lin)   LOCAL TV OUT; SALEM TIMES REGISTER OUT; FINCASTLE HERALD OUT;  CHRISTIANBURG NEWS MESSENGER OUT; RADFORD NEWS JOURNAL OUT; ROANOKE STAR SENTINEL OUT

    West Virginia forward Remi Dibo, right, knocks the ball away from Virginia Tech guard Devin Wilson (11), center, as West Virginia's Juwan Staten, bottom, looks up at the action during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Blacksburg, Va., Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/The Roanoke Times, Daniel Lin) LOCAL TV OUT; SALEM TIMES REGISTER OUT; FINCASTLE HERALD OUT; CHRISTIANBURG NEWS MESSENGER OUT; RADFORD NEWS JOURNAL OUT; ROANOKE STAR SENTINEL OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • Virginia Tech forward Marshall Wood (33) looks for a way around West Virginia forward Devin Williams (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Blacksburg, Va., Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/The Roanoke Times, Daniel Lin)  LOCAL TV OUT; SALEM TIMES REGISTER OUT; FINCASTLE HERALD OUT;  CHRISTIANBURG NEWS MESSENGER OUT; RADFORD NEWS JOURNAL OUT; ROANOKE STAR SENTINEL OUT

    Virginia Tech forward Marshall Wood (33) looks for a way around West Virginia forward Devin Williams (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Blacksburg, Va., Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/The Roanoke Times, Daniel Lin) LOCAL TV OUT; SALEM TIMES REGISTER OUT; FINCASTLE HERALD OUT; CHRISTIANBURG NEWS MESSENGER OUT; RADFORD NEWS JOURNAL OUT; ROANOKE STAR SENTINEL OUT  (The Associated Press)

Freshman Ben Emelogu scored a game-high 22 points to lead Virginia Tech past West Virginia 87-82 on Tuesday.

Adam Smith added 19 points for the Hokies (1-1), who rallied from a 17-point deficit in the first half. Smith scored seven of Virginia Tech's last nine points.

Smith's three-point play with 33.2 seconds to play gave the Hokies an 83-79 lead, and after West Virginia's Remi Dibo hit a 3-pointer with 23.7 seconds left to cut the lead to one, Smith hit two free throws to push the lead to 85-82 with 16.2 seconds remaining.

West Virginia (1-1) had a chance to tie the game, but Nathan Adrian's 3-pointer was short and Virginia Tech's Devin Wilson got the rebound. He made two free throws with 5 seconds left to seal the game for Virginia Tech.

Wilson finished with 16 points for the Hokies. Dibo led West Virginia with 17 points.