LAS VEGAS (AP) — Tyler Harvey scored 20 points to lead No. 8 seed Memphis past top-seeded Boston 94-88 on Saturday night in the quarterfinals of the NBA Summer League tournament.
No. 12 seed Liberty (29-6) vs. No. 4 seed Virginia Tech (25-8)
NCAA Tournament Second Round, SAP Center at San Jose, San Jose, California; Sunday, 6:10 p.m. EDT
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — After back-to-back years of first-round losses in the NCAA Tournament, Virginia Tech finally broke through.
Nickeil Alexander-Walker scored 20 points, Kerry...
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — With the clock winding down in a tie game, Florida State's Terance Mann pushed upcourt and launched a twisting off-balance shot that ended with him flat on his back, his...
No. 5 seed Virginia Tech (24-7, 13-6) vs. No. 4 seed Florida State (25-6, 13-5)
Atlantic Coast Conference Tourney Quarterfinals, Spectrum Center, Charlotte, North Carolina; Thursday, 1:30...
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — In a pregame ceremony, the Virginia Tech recognized three seniors who arguably changed the fortunes of the program. Then, a sophomore stole the show.
No. 15 Virginia Tech (22-6, 11-5) vs. No. 14 Florida State (23-6, 11-5)
Donald L. Tucker Center, Tallahassee, Florida; Tuesday, 7 p.m. EST
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Ty Outlaw admitted that he was excited about the prospect of playing Georgia Tech.
But Outlaw's reasoning wasn't because of the Yellow Jackets' sub-.500 record or their five-game losing streak. Instead, he cited a more tactical reason.
"I love it when they play zone," Outlaw said.
Outlaw did his share of damage against Georgia Tech's zone defense, scoring a season-high 20 points, as No. 22 Virginia Tech defeated the Yellow Jackets 76-68 on Wednesday night.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — No. 23 North Carolina State was held to a stunningly low point total, beaten by No. 12 Virginia Tech 47-24 on Saturday in the Wolfpack's lowest-scoring output of the shot-clock era.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Virginia Tech star guard Justin Robinson sat at the end of the bench with his left foot in a boot as the final seconds ticked off the clock, which tempered the Hokies' swagger following a resounding road win.
Nickeil Alexander-Walker tied a season high with 25 points and added a highlight-reel assist as No. 12 Virginia Tech shot 59 percent to beat Miami 82-70 on Wednesday night.
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Virginia Tech claimed it had no extra motivation following a blowout loss to No. 4 Virginia this week.
Once the ninth-ranked Hokies got going against Wake Forest on Saturday, even with foul trouble and an unusually slow pace, their play suggested otherwise.
"I thought we were much more us," coach Buzz Williams said after the Hokies shot 57 percent, limited the Demon Deacons to sub-40 percent shooting and forced 16 turnovers in an 87-71 victory.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — De'Andre Hunter scored 21 points and Ty Jerome had 14 and a career-high 12 assists as No. 4 Virginia started fast and routed No. 9 Virginia Tech 81-59 on Tuesday night.
Kyle Guy added 15 points for the Cavaliers (16-0, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who never trailed in the first meeting of the programs in which both were ranked in the top 10. Virginia also remained one of two unbeaten teams in the country along with Michigan, which was idle.
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — For only the second time this season, Virginia Tech found itself in an unfamiliar situation — trailing an opponent at halftime.
And for the second time this season, the veteran-laden Hokies refused to panic.
Getting a game-high 25 points from Nickeil Alexander-Walker, No. 10 Virginia Tech rallied in the second half to register a 77-66 victory over Boston College on Saturday.
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Nickeil Alexander-Walker and No. 13 Virginia Tech have played tough team defense so far this season.
Swimming along quite nicely.
Alexander-Walker scored 12 of his 20 points in the second half, and the Hokies beat North Carolina A&T 82-60 on Wednesday night for their fifth consecutive victory.
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Perhaps it was the snow, or the small crowd in attendance, or semester-ending exams — or maybe a combination of all three — that caused Virginia Tech to get off to a slow start against South Carolina State.
Everyone, that is, except for Nickeil Alexander-Walker.
Alexander-Walker scored 19 points to lead No. 15 Virginia Tech to an 81-44 victory over the Bulldogs on Sunday.
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Ahmed Hill and No. 13 Virginia Tech knew their strong finish to the first half wasn't going to be enough to satisfy coach Buzz Williams.
The Hokies got the message at halftime and quickly pulled away from the Red Flash for a 75-37 victory on Saturday.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Justin Robinson saw his Virginia Tech teammate Ahmed Hill coming off the floor after a disappointing first half.
"We're going to need you to win," Robinson told him.
Hill certainly listened and was instrumental in the 16th-ranked Hokies' first in-season tournament title in coach Buzz Williams' five seasons with an 89-83 victory over No. 23 Purdue at the Charleston Classic on Sunday night.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on the Charleston Classic college basketball tournament (all times local):
Nickeil Alexander-Walker had 25 points, Ahmed Hill and Justin Robinson had 23 points apiece and No. 16 Virginia Tech rallied from 12 points down in the second half to beat No. 23 Purdue 89-83 in the Charleston Classic championship.
The Hokies (4-0) trailed 50-38 after Ryan Cline's 3-pointer with 18:27 left, but wiped out the deficit over the next six minutes.
Last season: 21-12, lost in first round of NCAA Tournament
Coach: Buzz Williams, fifth season
Conference: Atlantic Coast.
Who's gone: G Justin Bibbs (13.3 ppg. Led the team with 66 3s), G Devin Wilson, their best defensive player
Defensive improvement gave Virginia Tech a big lift late in the regular season, helping the Hokies reach the 10-win plateau for the third consecutive season in the rugged Atlantic Coast Conference.
Virginia Tech also made its second straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament, the first time it has done that since 1985-86.
That's the good news. The bad news is the Hokies were eliminated in the first round of the tourney for the second straight year, falling to Alabama 86-83.
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Nickeil Alexander-Walker's emotions changed in a heartbeat — not once, but twice.
The freshman guard at Virginia Tech took what he thought would be the game-winning shot. Then he saw it sail over the rim entirely. Then he saw teammate Chris Clarke collect the rebound and lay it back in, giving the Hokies a stunning 64-63 comeback victory over No. 5 Duke.
"It was in the air, I was like, 'Oh my God. I'm about to hit it,'" Alexander-Walker said. Then? "Oooooh, and then, yeah!"
ATLANTA (AP) — Virginia Tech coach Buzz Wiliams loves how his team has changed its approach to scouting opponents on the road.
He can only hope it keeps up. The Hokies, at 5-3, have a single-season high in ACC road wins for the first time since joining the league in 2004-05.
"I think they've been very disciplined in how they've executed it," Williams said. "Over the last three games it's just kind of continued to morph and grow and develop. I think it's a credit to our staff and our kids."
BOSTON (AP) — Virginia Tech got another chance when Boston College's potential game-winner rimmed out at the end of regulation and the Hokies didn't let a lead slip away the second time.
Nickeil Alexander-Walker nailed a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 1:57 left in overtime and finished with 18 points, Justin Bibbs also scored 18 and Virginia Tech beat Boston College 85-80 on Wednesday night despite blowing a seven-point lead in the closing 64 seconds of regulation.
BLACKBURG, Va. (AP) — Ahmed Hill led a balanced attack with 14 points as Virginia Tech beat an overmatched North Carolina A&T squad 76-59 on Thursday.
The Hokies' early dominance in the paint, a 19-6 points off turnovers edge and poor shooting by North Carolina A&T doomed the visitors. "The way we play leads to wide open shots," said Hill.
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Chris Clarke scored 16 points and grabbed 12 rebounds off the bench on Saturday as Virginia Tech rallied from a 16-point deficit in the second half to defeat Mississippi 83-80 in overtime.
Virginia Tech (7-1) placed five players in double figures, led by Kerry Blackshear Jr. with 17 points. Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Justin Robinson had 13 points apiece, while Justin Bibbs added 11. The Hokies have won five consecutive games.
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Virginia Tech indulged in its final appetizer before the main course of its 2017-18 non-conference schedule is served.
Nickeil Alexander-Walker scored 18 points to pace the Hokies in a 96-63 victory over Morehead State on Saturday.
Alexander-Walker hit 7 of 9 from the floor, including three 3-pointers, for the Hokies (5-1), who now gear up for non-conference games against Iowa and at Ole Miss over the course of the next seven days.
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Nickeil Alexander-Walker isn't necessarily surprised at his rather torrid start to the 2017-18 season. He used another word to describe it.
"Grateful," he said.
Alexander-Walker scored 29 points to lead Virginia Tech to a 132-93 victory over The Citadel on Sunday night.
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Nickeil Alexander-Walker scored 24 points, Kerry Blackshear Jr. added 23 and Virginia Tech beat Detroit Mercy 111-79 on Friday night in a season opener.
Alexander-Walker, a six-foot-five freshman guard, was 9-of-14 shooting with four 3-pointers. Blackshear was 7 of 10 from the field and made 8 of 10 free throws. Ahmed Hill added 19 points, and Devin Wilson and P.J. Horne chipped in 10 points apiece.