BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Virginia Tech blocked 13 shots on Tuesday afternoon, as the Hokies upset the visiting West Virginia Mountaineers in Cassell Coliseum, 87-82.
The Hokies were helped out by a 25-2 run that spanned both halves and turned a 16-point deficit into a seven-point lead.
Tech was led by freshman guard Ben Emelogu, who finished with 22 points and six rebounds. The team's four newcomers -- including transfer guard Adam Smith -- scored 64 of their 87 points.
West Virginia was paced by junior forward Remi Dibo, who had 17 points on the day, including a 5-of-9 shooting performance from behind the arc. Guard Eron Harris had 16 points and six rebounds, and guard Juwan Staten finished with 10 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.
The Mountaineers jumped out to a 29-12 lead midway through the first half, thanks to a 13-2 run sparked by guard Gary Browne's eight points.
West Virginia also took advantage of several Hokies turnovers, as well some porous shooting from Virginia Tech, which finished the first half just 12 of 34 from the field.
The Hokies would claw their way back into it. Trailing 40-24 with 2:54 remaining, the Hokies would go on a 12-1 run of their own to make it 41-36 at the break, capped by guard Ben Emelogu's buzzer-beating 3-pointer in transition.
Tech opened the second half in similar fashion. The Hokies would grab the lead and then some, thanks to a 13-1 run. They would eventually lead by as many as 10 before the Mountaineers retook the lead with 2:31 left on a 3-pointer from forward Nathan Adrian that made it 77-76.
After a turnaround jumper from forward Jarell Eddie on the ensuing possession gave Tech the lead back, guard Adam Smith scored the next five points to all but close it out for the Hokies.
NOTES: G Ben Emelogu was the first Tech freshman to lead the team in scoring since Robert Brown against Duke on March 9, 2011. ... The Hokies were coming off a 64-63 home loss at the hands of the University of South Carolina Upstate. ... This was the 77th meeting in the series. West Virginia leads 47-30. The Mountaineers won last year 68-67. ... Tech was predicted to finish 15th in the ACC by the media, ultimately being the first team to be picked to do so. ...The Mountaineers host Duquesne at home on Sunday. The Hokies will face off against Western Carolina in Cassell Coliseum on Friday.