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Blackshear Jr., Allen lead Virginia Tech past Radford 74-63

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Blackshear Jr., Allen lead Virginia Tech past Radford 74-63

RADFORD, Va. (AP) -- Seth Allen scored 17 and Kerry Blackshear Jr. had 13 with eight rebounds to lead Virginia Tech to a 74-65 victory over Radford on Wednesday night.

The road win marked the first for the Hokies' second-year coach Buzz Williams, whose teams had lost 11 straight road games to start his tenure.

The Hokies (6-3) led by as many as 20 points in the second half, but Radford went on a 17-5 run in the final five minutes and cut the lead to 62-56 on a basket by Cameron Jones with 2:47 to go.

Virginia Tech's Blackshear answered with a layup, and Justin Bibbs added a free throw about 30 seconds later to give the Hokies a nine-point edge. Allen's 3-point play with 1:13 left made it 68-57.

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Virginia Tech made 11 of its first 14 shots, taking a 28-8 lead on Allen's basket with 10:28 left in the first half. Allen was one of seven players to score in that stretch and finished the first half with 11 points.

The Hokies cooled off toward the end of the first half, but still shot 51.5 percent (17 of 33) and hit 3 of 6 from 3-point range in taking a 41-27 halftime lead. Radford shot just 34.5 percent (10 of 29) in the first 20 minutes and turned the ball over nine times.

Virginia Tech opened the second half by scoring on five of its first seven possessions, while the Highlanders hit just one of their first six attempts. Blackshear's basket with 15:15 left gave the Hokies a 51-31 lead.

The lead was too much for Radford to overcome. The Highlanders shot just 41.7 percent (25 of 60) overall and made just 3-of-20 3-pointers.

The Hokies shot 50 percent (28 of 56). Jalen Hudson scored 12, and Bibbs had 11.

Jones led Radford (5-5) with 16 points. Brandon Holcomb finished with 13 and 11 rebounds.

Rashun Davis, who came into the game averaging a team-high 14.8 points, scored just four.

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TIP-INS

Virginia Tech: The Hokies are now 9-1 all-time against Radford. . Virginia Tech moved to 38-6 all-time against teams from the Big South Conference. . Devin Wilson made his first start of the season. He missed the first three games with an adductor (hip muscle) injury. . Allen scored in double figures for the fifth straight game - coming off the bench in all five.

Radford: The game marked the first visit by an ACC opponent in the history of Radford's Dedmon Center. . The game marked the first sellout in the arena since 2009 (Big South Tournament championship game). . YaYa Anderson became the 29th Radford player to surpass the 1,000-point milestone. . He became the fourth Highlander in the past three seasons to reach it.

UP NEXT

Virginia Tech takes on Lamar on Sunday at home.

Radford plays at Howard on Saturday.

Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State

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Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State

The pieces are starting to come together for Patrick Ewing.

On Monday the Georgetown Hoyas picked up perhaps the biggest (literally and figuratively) target of the transfer market, Omer Yurtseven.

From North Carolina State, the transfer from Istanbul Turkey will have two years remaining of eligibility. Due to NCAA transfer rules, he is not allowed to play for the 2018-19 season.

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Standing at 7-0, the center helped power the Wolfpack to an NCAA tournament bid this past season. Averaging 13.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks a contest, Yurstseven earned All-ACC Third Team honors in the 2017-18 season. He also touted a 58.3 shooting percentage and was not afraid to pull it up from deep either (22 made three-pointers).

NC State lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to No. 8 Seton Hall, but he was limited due to foul trouble with only two points and two rebounds in 14 minutes of play.

Initially, he is the option to fill the void that Jessie Govan will leave, whether that is during this offseason or next. Already the team has lost power forward Marcus Derrickson

Yurtseven will just be another frontcourt talent for Ewing with the Hoyas.

It was widely reported that he was considering playing options, both in the United States and abroad before this announcement. Easily he has the talent to go in first round of the NBA Draft whichever year he declares.

On the same day, the Hoyas also announced the signing of four-star guard James Akinjo.

After historic season, Virginia's Tony Bennett named AP Coach of the Year

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After historic season, Virginia's Tony Bennett named AP Coach of the Year

SAN ANTONIO -- Virginia coach Tony Bennett isn't going to waver from his foundation, whether it's the philosophy that built the Cavaliers into a contender or the big-picture perspective that helps him handle the sting of a historically improbable loss.

Both ends of that approach are fully on display now as he is named The Associated Press men's college basketball coach of the year.

Bennett won the honor Thursday after his Cavaliers set a program single-season record for wins, dominated the Atlantic Coast Conference and reached No. 1 in the AP Top 25 for the first time since the Ralph Sampson era. Yet that wildly successful season ended abruptly in the most unexpected way: with the Cavaliers falling to UMBC to become the first No. 1 seed to lose to a 16-seed in NCAA Tournament history.

"They experienced things a lot of guys don't," Bennett said in an interview with the AP. "That kind of success? Oh my gosh. And then that kind of loss? ... But again, their body of work deserves to be celebrated.

"And then so much of what society looks at -- it begs the question -- is it just about how you do in March? Or is it about the whole thing? It's a fair debate (on) what matters. But I told them: I wouldn't trade this team for anything. Even the experiences, as hard as they are, this is part of the process."

Bennett was the runaway winner for the award, which is being presented at the Final Four. He earned 50 of 65 votes from AP Top 25 writers with ballots submitted before the start of the NCAA Tournament.

Tennessee's Rick Barnes was second with five votes after leading the Volunteers to 26 wins and an NCAA bid despite being picked to finish 13th in the 14-team Southeastern Conference. First-year Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann was third with four votes.

This marks the second time Bennett has won the award, the other coming in 2007 when he was at Washington State.

In Bennett's ninth season, the Cavaliers (31-3) went from being picked to finish sixth in the ACC to winning the regular-season race by four games -- the first to win the ACC by that wide a margin since 2000. It then won the ACC Tournament to complete a 20-1 run against league opponents.

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Virginia also reached No. 1 in the AP Top 25 for the first time since December 1982 and stayed there the final five weeks of the regular season, the last two unanimously.

And yet, the 48-year-old coach knows much of the focus will be on how things ended: that 74-54 loss to the Retrievers while playing without ACC sixth man of the year De'Andre Hunter.

Dealing with a roster of players in pained disbelief, Bennett said he has told them that they have "an unbelievable captive audience" waiting to see how they would handle it.

"I said how you respond to this will matter to your mom and dads, to your brothers, your sisters, your friends," Bennett said. "If they see that you're not fake about it, that yeah, of course you're going to be discouraged and down after a loss like that, but that you're OK. You can live with it.

"I said: you don't know the power that that's going to have in their life and in your life."

Bennett said he appreciated other coaches offering support, which included Syracuse Hall of Famer Jim Boeheim noting: "If I could hire a coach in this country and I could get Tony Bennett, there would be nobody in second place."

He said he's still reviewing what worked and what didn't, but "certainly you don't overreact" by changing everything that had brought the Cavaliers to this point.

This is, after all, a program that has been a 1-seed three times in the past five seasons with three ACC regular-season titles.

And Bennett won't be deterred from chasing more, even if it means stumbling a few more times on the way to reaching his goals.

"You better have something beyond the opinion of man or just how you feel, because this stuff is fleeting," Bennett said.

"So that's where obviously my faith is everything to me. You hear people talk about their faith in the lord and the relationship with the people that they care about, their family and their trusted friends. Those things stand the test of time. And that's what you have to draw from. And then you move on."