Virginia Tech gets big shots from Nahiem Alleyne -- biggest to tie the game

Jonathan Tully
Gator Sports
Virginia Tech Hokies guard Nahiem Alleyne (4) looks to pass as Florida Gators forward Osayi Osifo (15) defends in the first half during a first-round game of the 2021 NCAA Tournament on Friday, March 19, 2021, at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind.

Nahiem Alleyne's biggest shot was right when the Virginia Tech Hokies needed it.

Alleyne, who had already hit three three-pointers earlier to keep the Hokies in the game, coolly knocked down a three-pointer to tie the game at 64 to send Friday's March Madness opener into overtime against the Florida Gators.

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Alleyne swished the three-pointer from the right, right over Gators guard Tre Mann.

Earlier, Alleyne and backcourt mate Hunter Cattoor had spurred the Hokies to a quick first-half lead. After Cattoor hit his third 3 of the first half, with 10:35 to go in the half, the Hokies had busted out to a 19-11 lead.

Alleyne had two of his own in the game's first 10 minutes.

As seen in the tweet below, one of the ways the Hokies were getting the two shooters open was crisp passing:

Alleyne, meanwhile, was unafraid to take the long shot on the break.

With 7:32 to go, and the Hokies up 21-14, Virginia Tech was hitting half its threes. The Gators were at 16.7 percent.