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No. 13 Virginia Tech holds off Washington 73-61

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Virginia Tech forward Kerry Blackshear Jr. (24) reacts to a traveling violation called against him during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Washington, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018 in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Corey Perrine)

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Nikell Alexander-Walker scored 24 points to lead No. 13 Virginia Tech to a 73-61 victory over Washington on Saturday night in the Air Force Reserve Boardwalk Classic.

Justin Thomas, Kerry Blackshear and Ahmed Hill each added 10 points for the Hokies (9-1), who won their fourth straight. They led by 18 points at halftime.

Matisse Thybulle scored 16 points to lead Washington (7-4), which pulled within seven points with nine minutes left but couldn’t get any closer. David Crisp scored 12 points, and Naz Carter had 11 points and a game-high nine rebounds.

The Huskies (7-4) pulled within seven points with nine minutes left in regulation but couldn’t sustain the comeback.

Virginia Tech shot 42.9 percent from the field and a swarming defense limited Washington to 35.6 percent while forcing 15 turnovers.