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BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Virginia Tech last won an ACC game on Dec. 8, 2013, against the Miami Hurricanes in South Beach. The Hokies have not won a conference game since then, losing 10 in a row.

It seems the Hurricanes are the cure for what ails the Hokies.

Freshman point guard Devin Wilson scored 12 points and had nine assists, leading Tech to a 52-45 win over Miami on Saturday night in Cassell Coliseum.

The Hokies (9-15, 2-10) capped a season sweep of the Hurricanes behind a solid second-half effort. Wilson scored all 12 of his points after halftime and center Trevor Thompson contributed eight points and 12 rebounds. Guard Ben Emelogu added nine points.

Though the Hokies were not much better, the Hurricanes were dreadful offensively throughout the game, shooting just 25.9 percent from the floor and 47.1 percent from the free throw line. Miami also made just 7 of 34 three pointers for the game.

Miami (12-13, 3-9) did not reach 20 points until 10:46 remained in the second half.

No player for either team scored in double figures until the 9:51 mark when forward CJ Barksdale hit a 3-pointer to give Tech a 32-22 lead.

Barksdale finished with 12 points.

Miami guard Garrius Adams was the first Hurricanes player to reach double figures in scoring with 5:05 left.

Adams finished with 13 points and was Miami's top scorer. Guard Rion Brown added 12 points for the Hurricanes.

Emelogu hit back-to-back 3-pointers to start the game and helped give Virginia Tech an early lead.

Brown hit a 3-pointer with 18:30 left to give the Hurricanes a 3-0 advantage. Miami would not score again for 9:32 when James Kelly stopped the skid with a 3-pointer.

During Miami's drought, Barksdale, who finally resumed playing regular minutes after recovering from a groin injury, came off the bench and scored seven points to give Tech a 17-5 lead.

It was Virginia Tech's first double-digit lead since Dec. 31 in a win over Maryland-Eastern Shore.

Coach Jim Larranaga's club steadily worked its way back into the game, however, as Tech suffered through a scoring drought of its own. After Barksdale's jumper at the 9:16 mark, the Hokies made just one more field goal the rest of the half.

Tech took a 19-15 lead into the locker room. Miami finished the first half shooting 18.5 percent from the field, making the Hokies' 8-of-22 effort look sizzling by comparison.

NOTES: Virginia Tech, already with a limited roster because of injuries, played without starting C Cadarian Raines due to illness. G Adam Smith also sat out his seventh consecutive game with a calf injury. Smith is averaging 11.0 points per game. ... On Jan. 24, Virginia Tech hired Whit Babcock as the new director of athletics. Babcock, who most recently served in the same capacity at the University of Cincinnati, arrived in Blacksburg this weekend to begin full-time work in his new role in Blacksburg. ... Up next for Virginia Tech is Virginia on Tuesday. Miami plays host to Notre Dame on Wednesday.

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