Nebraska falls to Virginia Tech, 66-53, in Wooden Legacy third-place game
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(AP) Zach LeDay scored 19 points and added nine rebounds to lead Virginia Tech to a 66-53 victory over Nebraska in the third-place game of the Wooden Legacy on Sunday.
Virginia Tech (5-1) wowed offensively in the second half and made its final six free throws over the last 55 seconds.
LeDay came off the bench and had his way inside with an assortment of dunks, including a big one-handed slam early in the second half he punctuated with a high-stepping celebration.
Nebraska (4-2) didn’t have an answer for the Hokies inside. Guard Tai Webster led Nebraska with 23 points.
Virginia Tech shot just 29.6 percent from the field in the first half but found its shooting rhythm in the second half, making 56.5 percent (13 of 23).
Virginia Tech lost its first game of the season to Texas A&M in the semifinals of the tournament but responded by beating the Cornhuskers and playing well with lead down the stretch.
Nebraska played well in the Wooden Legacy, even in an 82-71 loss to UCLA in the semifinals – its first loss of the season. It returns from California with two more solid games on its schedule with the Bruins and Virginia Tech.
Virginia Tech returns home for a brief stay, then is off to play at No. 25 Michigan on Wednesday. Home cooking is up after that, as the Hokies play six consecutive games at Cassell Coliseum and don’t play on the road again until 2017.
Nebraska travels to Clemson on Wednesday, followed by home games against South Dakota and a stiff test against No. 12 Creighton.