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No. 13 Virginia Tech holds off Washington 73-61

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) Virginia Tech handled some late pressure to earn a big victory Saturday night.

The 13th-ranked Hokies withstood a second-half rally from Washington to earn a 73-61 win in the Air Force Reserve Boardwalk Classic.

Nickell Alexander-Walker scored 24 points for Virginia Tech (9-1), which won its fourth straight since a one-point loss at Penn State on Nov. 27. Kerry Blackshear, Justin Robinson and Ahmed Hill scored 10 points apiece.

''I wish our energy level would have been the same at Penn State as it was tonight,'' Hokies coach Buzz Williams said. ''I think we learned a lesson in this game. We had a much higher level of togetherness.''

Virginia Tech led 39-21 at halftime and seemed on the way to an easy win. Washington came out strong after intermission, however, and eventually pulled to 53-46 but could get no closer.

Matisse Thybulle scored 16 points to lead Washington (7-4). David Crisp scored 12 points, and Naz Carter had 11 points and a game-high nine rebounds.

''This was a great experience for us,'' Huskies coach Mike Hopkins said. ''We made the adjustments that we needed to make, but we can't wait 20 minutes to figure that out.''

Virginia Tech shot 42.9 percent from the field and a swarming defense limited Washington to 36.9 percent while forcing 15 turnovers.

Whenever the Hokies needed a big basket, Alexander-Walker delivered it.

The 6-foot-5 sophomore from Toronto repeatedly quelled Washington's surges with key shots.

''When we face adversity, we know how to handle it,'' Alexander-Walker said. ''We handle it together instead of separating and getting tense when things don't go our way.''

BIG PICTURE

Virginia Tech: The Hokies are playing with a lot of confidence since the one-point loss at Penn State.

Washington: Since being ranked No. 25 early last month, the Huskies haven't been able to gain any momentum with a signature win. Three of their four losses have come against teams that were ranked in the top 15 at the time.

UP NEXT

Washington heads back home to Seattle to face Sacramento State (6-2) on Friday.

Virginia Tech will try for its fifth straight win on Wednesday when it takes on North Carolina A&T (4-6).

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Key Players
J. Robinson
5 G
J. Nowell
5 G
33.9 Min. Per Game 33.9
18.8 Pts. Per Game 18.8
3.4 Ast. Per Game 3.4
4.6 Reb. Per Game 4.6
47.3 Field Goal % 54.4
40.9 Three Point % 44.7
79.6 Free Throw % 71.7
+ 2 David Crisp made layup 12.0
+ 1 Ahmed Hill made 2nd of 2 free throws 25.0
+ 1 Ahmed Hill made 1st of 2 free throws 25.0
  Personal foul on Matisse Thybulle 25.0
+ 2 Dominic Green made layup, assist by David Crisp 30.0
  Defensive rebound by Matisse Thybulle 39.0
  Justin Robinson missed 3-pt. jump shot 41.0
  Defensive rebound by Justin Robinson 1:02
  Sam Timmins missed 2nd of 2 free throws 1:02
  Sam Timmins missed 2nd of 2 free throws 1:02
  Sam Timmins missed 1st of 2 free throws 1:02
Team Stats
Points 73 61
Field Goals 24-56 (42.9%) 22-60 (36.7%)
3-Pointers 8-22 (36.4%) 10-30 (33.3%)
Free Throws 17-21 (81.0%) 7-14 (50.0%)
Total Rebounds 38 40
Offensive 8 14
Defensive 22 18
Team 8 8
Assists 14 15
Steals 7 9
Blocks 1 4
Turnovers 11 15
Fouls 17 21
Technicals 0 0
24 PTS, 3 REB, 3 AST
16 PTS, 2 REB, 2 AST
12T
away team logo 13 Virginia Tech 9-1 393473
home team logo Washington 7-4 214061
Team Stats
away team logo 13 Virginia Tech 9-1 75.6 PPG 35.6 RPG 16.3 APG
home team logo Washington 7-4 71.7 PPG 36.2 RPG 12.0 APG
Key Players
4
N. Alexander-Walker G 17.3 PPG 4.2 RPG 3.8 APG 51.1 FG%
4
M. Thybulle G 9.7 PPG 3.2 RPG 2.2 APG 44.0 FG%
Top Scorers
N. Alexander-Walker G 24 PTS 3 REB 3 AST
M. Thybulle G 16 PTS 2 REB 2 AST
42.9 FG% 36.7
36.4 3PT FG% 33.3
81.0 FT% 50.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
N. Alexander-Walker 24 3 3 9/14 2/4 4/4 3 26 2 0 3 2 1
A. Hill 10 4 2 2/7 2/5 4/4 1 37 0 0 1 1 3
K. Blackshear Jr. 10 1 0 2/9 0/1 6/9 5 22 1 1 2 0 1
J. Robinson 10 5 3 3/11 1/6 3/4 3 34 2 0 2 1 4
T. Outlaw 8 6 3 3/3 2/2 0/0 3 31 2 0 0 0 6
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
N. Alexander-Walker 24 3 3 9/14 2/4 4/4 3 26 2 0 3 2 1
A. Hill 10 4 2 2/7 2/5 4/4 1 37 0 0 1 1 3
K. Blackshear Jr. 10 1 0 2/9 0/1 6/9 5 22 1 1 2 0 1
J. Robinson 10 5 3 3/11 1/6 3/4 3 34 2 0 2 1 4
T. Outlaw 8 6 3 3/3 2/2 0/0 3 31 2 0 0 0 6
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
P. Horne 6 6 0 3/4 0/0 0/0 1 23 0 0 0 2 4
I. Wilkins 3 4 3 1/6 1/3 0/0 0 15 0 0 2 2 2
W. Bede 2 1 0 1/2 0/1 0/0 1 12 0 0 1 0 1
L. Nolley II - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Kabongo - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Radford - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Palmer - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 73 30 14 24/56 8/22 17/21 17 200 7 1 11 8 22
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Thybulle 16 2 2 5/10 5/9 1/1 3 33 4 0 0 1 1
D. Crisp 12 0 5 5/12 2/7 0/2 1 27 1 1 3 0 0
J. Nowell 10 5 0 4/13 2/4 0/0 3 37 1 0 3 0 5
N. Dickerson 7 7 3 1/5 0/0 5/7 5 25 1 1 2 4 3
H. Wright 0 0 1 0/2 0/1 0/0 1 7 0 0 1 0 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Thybulle 16 2 2 5/10 5/9 1/1 3 33 4 0 0 1 1
D. Crisp 12 0 5 5/12 2/7 0/2 1 27 1 1 3 0 0
J. Nowell 10 5 0 4/13 2/4 0/0 3 37 1 0 3 0 5
N. Dickerson 7 7 3 1/5 0/0 5/7 5 25 1 1 2 4 3
H. Wright 0 0 1 0/2 0/1 0/0 1 7 0 0 1 0 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
N. Carter 11 9 1 5/8 0/1 1/2 3 29 1 0 2 5 4
D. Green 5 5 1 2/9 1/8 0/0 0 22 0 0 2 1 4
S. Timmins 0 4 2 0/1 0/0 0/2 3 15 0 2 2 3 1
J. Bey 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 5 1 0 0 0 0
T. Rice - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Q. Barnard - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Crandall - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Sorn - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Hardy - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Roberts - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Penn-Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Geron - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Neubauer - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Lundeen - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 61 32 15 22/60 10/30 7/14 21 200 9 4 15 14 18