BLACKSBURG — The Virginia Tech men’s basketball team turned in one of its worst shooting performances of the season Wednesday. But the Hokies still won.

So coach Mike Young was relieved after Tech rallied to beat Chattanooga 63-58 late Wednesday night at Cassell Coliseum.

“It is not always easy to load that gun and play your best night in and night out,” Young said after the win. “We didn’t play our best game.

“Made enough plays to get out.”

Virginia Tech entered the game ranked second in the ACC in field goal percentage (47.9%) but shot just 39% from the field Wednesday.

“We didn’t move very well,” Young said. “We looked like we were so slow and heavy.

“It is unrealistic to think that your team is going to play like gangbusters night in and night out. We had a tough night.”

It was Tech’s worst shooting percentage since shooting 38.6% from the field in a season-opening 67-60 win at Clemson.

“[Chattanooga] had a good game plan,” said Tech point guard Wabissa Bede, who had 7 points and seven assists. “They wanted us to shoot forced 2s [from] mid-range, and we did that.

“It seems like it’s open, you think you can make it all the time, but it’s a hard shot. … You’re wondering why you’re always missing it and you keep shooting it.”

Young said the Hokies (7-3) took “far too many contested 2s.”

The Hokies entered the game ranked fourth nationally with an average of 11.3 3-pointers but were just 6 of 21 from 3-point range Wednesday (28.6%).

“We tried to … make guys manufacture 3s for themselves, which is not how they get them,” Mocs coach Lamont Paris said. “They move well, they pass the ball well, they identify when guys are open, right? So we wanted guys to have to manufacture their own shots. So when they did that, those are tougher shots than rhythm shots.

“There weren’t too many stand-still, catch-and-shoot 3s.”

It was Tech’s second straight poor outing from long range. In last week’s 77-63 loss to Duke, Tech shot a season-low 25% from 3-point territory and was just 5 of 20 from that distance.

Paris said the Mocs (6-5) focused on trying to keep Landers Nolley and P.J. Horne from making 3-pointers.

Nolley had 19 points but was 1 of 7 from 3-point range. Horne had just 2 points. He was 1 of 6 from the field, including 0 of 3 from 3-point range.

Tech played without reserve guard Hunter Cattoor, who entered the game ranked fourth on the squad with 16 3-pointers. Young said Cattoor had an ankle injury but could have played.

The Hokies, who snapped a three-game skid, were held under 64 points for the third time in the last four games. Tech scored a season-low 62 points in its loss to Dayton in the Maui Invitational.

Tech trailed 51-47 with 5:23 to go but scored 9 straight points to take the lead for good.

Tech freshman Nahiem Alleyne, who made two free throws with 5.2 seconds left to seal the win, finished with a career-high 22 points.

FG FT Reb

CHAT. M M-A M-A O-T A PF PT

R.Johnson 28 2-6 2-2 1-4 2 1 6

Ryan 31 1-7 0-0 0-4 1 3 2

Vila 24 5-6 1-2 3-8 2 1 12

Cmnder 31 0-6 0-0 1-3 4 2 0

J.-Baptiste 35 5-12 0-0 1-4 2 0 14

Scott 19 3-4 0-1 1-3 1 4 8

Kenic 16 6-9 2-5 2-4 0 1 16

Caldwell 16 0-3 0-0 0-3 0 2 0

Doomes -- 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Totals 200 22-53 5-10 9-33 12 14 58

Percentages: FG .415, FT .500. 3-Point Goals: 9-27, .333 (Jean-Baptiste 4-6, Scott 2-2, Kenic 2-3, Vila 1-1, Caldwell 0-2, R.Johnson 0-2, Commander 0-5, Ryan 0-6). Team Rebounds: 0. Team Turnovers: 10 (10 PTS). Blocked Shots: 2 (R.Johnson, Vila). Turnovers: 10 (Commander 3, Jean-Baptiste 2, Ryan 2, Vila 2, R.Johnson). Steals: 1 (Commander).

FG FT Reb

VA. TECH M M-A M-A O-T A PF PT

Horne 33 1-6 0-0 2-5 0 1 2

Alleyne 36 7-13 5-5 1-5 0 1 22

Bede 38 3-7 0-0 2-8 7 1 7

Radford 34 3-6 2-4 4-7 1 3 8

Nolley 34 7-20 4-5 1-6 3 1 19

Cone 14 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 1 3

Wilkins 7 0-2 0-0 1-1 1 1 0

Ojiako 4 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 1 2

Totals 200 23-59 11-14 11-34 12 10 63

Percentages: FG .390, FT .786. 3-Point Goals: 6-21, .286 (Alleyne 3-7, Bede 1-1, Cone 1-1, Nolley 1-7, Wilkins 0-2, Horne 0-3). Team Rebounds: 5. Team Turnovers: 7 (7 PTS). Blocked Shots: 2 (Bede, Horne). Turnovers: 7 (Alleyne 2, Bede 2, Nolley 2, Cone). Steals: 5 (Horne 2, Radford 2, Bede).

Chattanooga 28 30 — 58

Virginia Tech 32 31 — 63

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