For the second time in five days, Virginia Tech turned away a Big South Conference opponent that rolled into Blacksburg on a winning streak.
The Hokies, hobbled by injury, held off a second-half push to beat Winthrop 81-63 in Cassell Coliseum on Tuesday night.
The loss ended a three-game winning streak for the Eagles. Tech picked up its third consecutive victory.
Virginia Tech (6-3), which beat Radford last weekend, earned Tuesday’s win without two of its top three scorers and with only two guards available to play. Guards Adam Smith (quad) and Ben Emelogu (concussion symptoms) were unavailable.
Forward Jarell Eddie was more than willing to pick up the slack, though, scoring a career-high 32 points and grabbing seven rebounds to carry Tech to its sixth win.
Eddie, who has scored in double figures in each game this season, was hot from the opening whistle. The senior finished 12-for-17 from the field and shot 75 percent from 3-point range.
With 8:27 left to play, Winthrop forward Joab Jerome’s layup cut Virginia Tech’s lead to 53-51. But, led by Eddie and forward CJ Barksdale, the Hokies finished the game on a 29-12 run.
Barksdale scored 13 points and added six rebounds.
Guard Keon Johnson paced Winthrop with 15 points, but he didn’t get much help from his supporting cast on the offensive end. Jerome had 13 points.
Akeem Richmond scored 37 points, sinking 10 of 17 shots from 3-point range, as East Carolina (7-2) breezed to a 96-78 home win against Division II Fayetteville State.
Freshman Brandan Stith contributed 14 rebounds, four blocks and six points for ECU, and Caleb White added 14 points and Prince Williams 12 for the Pirates.
Torian Showers led the Broncos with 18 points. ...
Kyle Anderson scored a career-high 29 points as Delaware edged host Charleston Southern 85-81. He sank 8 of 10 3-point tries. ...
Shane Reybold had 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead UNC Wilmington to a 69-50 home win against Campbell. Kyre Hamer paced the Camels with 11 points. ...
Tanner Samson scored a career-high 23 points and Lucas Troutman added 21 as host Elon (5-4) defeated VMI 87-70.
D.J. Covington of Virginia Beach had 11 points and 12 rebounds for the Keydets, who shot 39 percent and were well below their average of 88 points per game. ...
VCU's Treveon Graham was named an Atlantic 10 co-Player of the Week after averaging 20 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists.
Liberty beat Richmond 76-61, shooting 6-of-10 from 3-point range in the first 20 minutes to take a 44-27 halftime lead in Lynchburg. Both teams are 3-5. ...
Katie Anderson scored 19 points and Taylor Huber and Sarah Parsons scored 18 each to lead Randolph-Macon, 19th in Divison III, to a 99-81 win over Bridgewater. Anderson also had 12 rebounds for the Yellow Jackets (7-0, 2-0 Old Dominion Athletic Conference). ...
Averett beat Emory and Henry 66-59 in overtime. ...
Methodist edged Lynchburg 64-61. ...
Jess Rheinheimer had 17 points and six rebounds and Bianca Ygarza and Alisa Brown scored 15 points each in Eastern Mennonite’s 87-64 win over Randolph. ...
Hampton senior forward Alyssa Bennett and freshman guard Malia Tate-DeFreitas earned weekly honors from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC).
Bennett was named Player of the Week after being named MVP of the tournament HU won in Cal State Northridge's arena. Tate-DeFreitas, who scored 36 points against Utah State -- the highest total by a freshman in any Division I women's game this season -- was named Rookie of the Week.
Good Works nominees:
Several players in the area were selected as nominees for the Allstate National Association of Basketball Coaches Good Works Team.They include William and Mary senior Tim Rusthoven, Virginia's Joe Harris and Lexie Gerson, and Hampton University sophomore Deron Powers of Williamsburg.
There are 202 nominees nationally for the award, which recognizes a select group of college basketball student-athletes who have made significant contributions to the greater good of their communities through volunteerism and civic service.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun