No. 15 Hok­ies open with rout

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No. 15 Vir­ginia Tech be­gan its sea­son with a re­sound­ing 87-59 vic­tory Fri­day over Gard­nerWebb at Cas­sell Coli­seum. Nick­eil Alexan­der-Walker had 21 points for the Hok­ies, who outscored the Run­nin' Bull­dogs 45-26 in the sec­ond half.

Saint Joseph’s 79, Old Do­min­ion 64: The Hawks, led by Char­lie Brown's 20 points, pulled away in the sec­ond half to beat ODU in Philadel­phia.

The Mon­archs fell to 1-1 de­spite Ah­mad Caver's 25 points.

Long­wood 63, Rich­mond 58: The Lancers (2-0) reg­is­tered one of their most no­table vic­to­ries in school his­tory, up­end­ing the Spi­ders (0-1) at Robins Cen­ter.

Isa­iah Wal­ton had 23 points and 12 re­bounds for Long­wood.

No. 8 North Carolina 116, Elon 67: The Tar Heels opened an in-state neigh­bor's arena by putting up some num­bers that will be tough for other teams to sur­pass.

The Tar Heels (2-0) won be­hind 21 points apiece from Cameron John­son and fresh­man Nas­sir Lit­tle.

Amer­i­can 78, Ge­orge Ma­son 75, OT: Sa'eed Nel­son scored 24 points, and his three-point play with 35 sec­onds left in over­time helped lift the Ea­gles to a sea­son-open­ing win over the Pa­tri­ots (0-2) in Fair­fax.

Javon Greene's free throws broke a 70-all tie, and his layup with 1:43 to go made it 74-70 for Ge­orge Ma­son. Amer­i­can closed to 74-73 on Marvin Bragg's 3-pointer, and Nel­son's three­p­oint play put Amer­i­can up 76-75. Ge­orge Ma­son missed three shots be­fore the buzzer, and Sam Io­rio's two free throws pro­vided the fi­nal points.

James Madi­son 73, East Carolina 72: A buzzer-beat­ing shot lifted the vis­it­ing Dukes (2-0).

No. 22 Clem­son 71, N.C. Cen­tral 51: David Skara scored 16 points for the host Tigers, who grabbed a big lead early and held off the de­fend­ing Mid-East­ern Ath­letic Con­fer­ence tour­na­ment champs.

Mi­ami 83, Le­high 62: Chris Lykes scored 22 points for the host Hur­ri­canes in their sea­son opener.

Pitts­burgh 94, VMI 55: Pitt se­nior Jared Wil­son-Frame came off the bench for 20 points as the host Pan­thers (2-0) won. Bubba Parham scored 16 for the Key­dets (1-1).


No. 6 Mis­sis­sippi State 72, Vir­ginia 44: Teaira McCowan had 12 points and 12 re­bounds as MSU spoiled Tina Thomp­son's de­but as Vir­ginia's coach with a romp at John Paul Jones Arena.

Chloe Bibby added 13 points in the first half for the Bull­dogs (2-0), who have been the NCAA run­ners-up the past two sea­sons. They came out like they have de­signs on do­ing it again, scor­ing 18 of the game's first 20 points, lead­ing 45-17 by half­time and forc­ing 17 first-half turnovers.

Do­minique Tous­saint led Vir­ginia (0-1) with 19 points. The Cava­liers were 4 for 15 from the field in the first quar­ter with eight turnovers, then 2 for 16 with nine turnovers in the sec­ond quar­ter. They outscored the Bull­dogs 18-10 in the third quar­ter, ex­ceed­ing their point to­tal of the en­tire first half, but never got close.

Old Do­min­ion 69, Nor­folk State 53: Tay­lor Ed­wards had 15 points as the host Mon­archs (1-0) beat the Spar­tans (0-1) in an in­tracity clash.

ODU led 17-6 af­ter a quar­ter. NSU was within 49-43 be­fore a 14-0 Mon­archs run de­cided the out­come.

VCU 84, Long­wood 55: Tera Reed's 15 points and Syd­nei Archie's 13 guided the Rams (2-0) past the Lancers (0-1) at Siegel Cen­ter. An Ed­u­ca­tion Day pro­mo­tion at­tracted a crowd of 3,729, the sec­ond-largest in VCU women's his­tory.

Long­wood, be­gin­ning its first year with Wil­liam and Mary alumna Re­becca Til­lett as coach, got 14 points from Stephanie Gui­hon.

Ge­orge Ma­son 78, Air Force 71: Sopho­more Ni­cole Car­danoHil­lary had 25 points and six as­sists as the Pa­tri­ots (2-0) beat the host Fal­cons (1-1) in Colorado.

Fair­field 58, Rich­mond 40: Fair­field outscored the hosts 25-8 in the third quar­ter to win at Robins Cen­ter.

Sopho­more point guard Alex Par­son had 15 points and six re­bounds for UR.

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