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.
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.
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).