Blacksburg, Va. – Virginia Tech drained 12 three-pointers and placed five players in double figures to claim a 75-54 victory over Furman in men's basketball action on Tuesday evening at Cassell Coliseum.
Leading 51-42 with under eight minutes remaining, Will Johnston, Jerell Eddie and Marshall Wood each buried a three-pointer as part of a 15-2 Virginia Tech run to help the Hokies answer a late Furman rally and put the game out of reach.
Johnston had knocked down a trey just three seconds before intermission to give the Hokies a 31-17 halftime lead. Virginia Tech began the second period on a 12-4 run to extend its margin to 43-21 on Wood's triple with 14:30 to play.
Furman (2-3) mounted a second-half comeback as sophomore Larry Wideman scored seven points during an 18-5 run that Stephen Croone capped with back-to-back layups to trim the Hokie lead to 48-39 with 9:16 remaining. Johnston, who hit four treys on the night, stopped the Furman spurt with a three-pointer and answered a Croone trey with another three-ball. After a pair of free throws from Croone brought Furman within 10 points, Virginia Tech reeled off a 12-0 run to pull away.
Eddie led the Hokies with 14 points and 10 rebounds while Wood came off of the bench to add 13 points on 3-of-5 shooting beyond the arc. Johnston tallied 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting from three-point range, and Adam Smith and Joey van Zegeren rounded out the Hokies' double figure scorers with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Virginia Tech (4-3) connected on 47.5% of its shots, made 12-of-30 treys and out-rebounded the Paladins 37-31.
Croone paced Furman with a game-high 27 points, seven rebounds and four assists. The Covington, Ga. native hit 8-of-14 shots and converted on 10-of-11 trips to the foul line. Wideman contributed 13 points and William Gates Jr. added 12 points.
Furman found itself in an 18-3 hole after making just one of its first 13 shots, but the Paladins shot 47% in the second half to finish at 35.7% for the game. Both teams committed just 11 turnovers.
The Paladins return to action on Saturday when they host Brevard College on YP Court at Timmons Arena. Tip-off is set for 12 p.m.
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