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LeDay, Virginia Tech beat Jacksonville State 71-62

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LeDay, Virginia Tech beat Jacksonville State 71-62

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) -- Zach LeDay had 15 points and nine rebounds, and made several big shots down the stretch to help Virginia Tech beat Jacksonville State 71-62 on Wednesday.

LeDay scored just three points in the first half, but he started attacking the offensive glass in the second. He scored 12 points in the final 20 minutes, helping the Hokies bounce back from a season-opening loss to Alabama State last Saturday.

LeDay, a transfer from South Florida who sat out last season, hit 6 of 11 from the field and grabbed five offensive rebounds. It came on the heels of a 26-point, 15-rebound game against Alabama State.

"I just go out and play hard, and whatever happens, happens," LeDay said. "I don't really play for stats or anything like that. I just want to get wins."

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Virginia Tech (1-1) led by as many as 12 in the second half, but Jacksonville State cut the lead to two on two occasions, the final time coming on a Jeremy Watson basket with 7:07 left.

Kerry Blackshear Jr. answered with a basket to spark Virginia Tech's 7-0 run, but Jacksonville State's Erik Durham made a 3-pointer with 2:40 remaining to cut the lead to 61-58.

LeDay scored inside for the Hokies with 2:07 left to push their lead to 63-58. Durham's two free throws cut it to three, but LeDay scored inside, giving Virginia Tech a 65-60 lead with 1:35 remaining.

"I just let it come to me," LeDay said. "I was forcing it a little in the first half. I was going baseline and stuff like that, but in the second half, I calmed down and let it come to me."

The Gamecocks (2-2) came up empty on their next possession, and Blackshear scored with 58 seconds left to seal it.

The game marked a contrast to the season opener when Virginia Tech allowed Alabama State to shoot 54 percent in the second half. Jacksonville State shot just 37.5 percent (24 of 64) and made just 10 baskets in the second half.

"The priority was defense and the priority was rebounding," Virginia Tech coach Buzz Williams said. "The priority was keeping them off the offensive glass. I thought our effort was better, for sure."

Freshman Chris Clarke, making his first start, added 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Hokies and Justin Bibbs had 11 points. Virginia Tech missed 15 free throws and committed 17 turnovers, but had a 54-29 rebounding edge and scored 20 second-chance points.

Jacksonville State was led by Durham with 21 points.

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TIP-INS

Virginia Tech: Williams started Clarke and Justin Thompson, two freshmen, in place of Jalen Hudson and Seth Allen . Bibbs' 3-pointer early in the game extended Virginia Tech's streak of hitting at least one 3-pointer to 400 straight games -- the longest streak in school history. . Clarke's double-double is the first by a Virginia Tech freshman since Jan. 3, 2015 when Bibbs had 23 points and 11 rebounds against Syracuse.

Jacksonville State: Durham scored 12 points in the first half. He came into the game averaging 11.3 points . The Gamecocks had scored at least 81 points in each of their first three games . The Gamecocks went to the free throw line just eight times against Virginia Tech, while the Hokies went 30.

UP NEXT

Jacksonville State travels to Winthrop on Friday.

Virginia Tech hosts VMI on Saturday.

Received 11/18/15 10:44 pm ET

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New AP Poll for Top 25: Ohio State drops to No. 11

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New AP Poll for Top 25: Ohio State drops to No. 11

Clemson is back at No. 2 in The Associated Press college football poll behind top-ranked Alabama, moving up to where it started, after a convincing victory and Ohio State's first loss of the season.

The Crimson Tide are a unanimous No. 1, with all 61 first-place votes Sunday, for the first time this season.

The Tigers trailed only Alabama in the preseason rankings, but a couple of close wins in September -- combined with seemingly impressive performances by other highly ranked teams -- dragged Clemson to as low as No. 4.

Coming off a lopsided win against North Carolina State, Clemson rose a spot this week. Notre Dame is No. 3 and LSU is No. 4, setting the stage for a top-five matchup between the Tigers and Crimson Tide in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Nov. 3. Both have an open date this week.

Michigan is No. 5 and Ohio State dropped to No. 11 after being upset by Purdue.

POLL POINTS

No. 25 Appalachian State is ranked in the AP poll for the first time in school history. The Mountaineers (5-1) have not lost since opening the season with an overtime defeat at Penn State.

"It's awesome to be recognized," Appalachian State coach Scott Satterfield said Sunday. "We've had a lot of positive things happen to our program the last three to four years. The first time we go bowl eligible, which was awesome. Then we go win our first bowl game. That was really cool. And then to go win our first Sun Belt championship two years ago. That was awesome. So there's been a lot of first for us over the last three years. This is another first."

App State transitioned to the FBS, the highest level of Division I football, in 2014 after years as an FCS power. Under former coach Jerry Moore, the Mountaineers were a regular playoff participant. The program peaked in the mid-2000s, winning three straight FCS (Division I-AA) championships from 2005-07. And App State pulled off one of the most stunning upsets in college football history against Michigan in 2007.

Moore retired after the 2012 season and was replaced by Satterfield, a former App State quarterback and assistant coach. The move up in class and into the Sun Belt has been practically seamless. The Mountaineers are 46-23 under Satterfield, with two Sun Belt titles. The only other Sun Belt team to ever be ranked was Troy on Nov. 13, 2016.

"To be recognized in the FBS level football and for our program to be a team that just went through transition four years ago and now to be ranked is pretty remarkable," Satterfield said. "We have a lot of pride, a lot of tradition in our program."

This season's team was expected to contend for another conference championship. A case could be made it is exceeding even those high expectations after replacing four-year starting quarterback Taylor Lamb, two four-year starting offensive linemen, four defensive players that were four-year starters and veteran defensive coordinator Nate Woody, who left for Georgia Tech.

Satterfield said this is may be his fastest team at App State and credited senior safety Josh Thomas, senior defensive tackle MyQuon Stout and fourth-year junior offensive tackle Victor Johnson with providing leadership for one of the least experienced rosters in the FBS. Running back Jalin Moore, another senior who was lost for the season to a knee injury two weeks ago, has become a de facto assistant coach for App State.

Since falling to Penn State, the Mountaineers have outscored their opponents 231-49. Next up is a key game for first place in the Sun Belt East at Georgia Southern (6-1, 3-0) on Thursday night.

UP

  • No. 14 Washington State was the only big mover to rise in the rankings this week, jumping 11 spots after beating Oregon.

DOWN

  • Ohio State dropped out of the top 10 for the first this season, tumbling nine spots
  • No. 19 Oregon dropped seven spots after taking its second loss
  • No. 22 North Carolina State fell six spots after losing for the first time this season

IN

  • No. 23 Utah is ranked for the first time this season, making it five straight years the Utes started the season unranked but moved into the rankings at some point. From 2014-16, Utah started the season outside the Top 25 but finished it ranked. Utah has won three straight, scoring at least 40 points in each game
  • No. 24 Stanford is back in the rankings after falling out two weeks ago

OUT

  • Michigan State and Mississippi State fell out of the rankings again after losing for the third time this season
  • Cincinnati's first loss of the season, in overtime to Temple, cost the Bearcats their first ranking since 2012

CONFERENCE CALL

  • SEC -- 6 teams (1, 4, 7, 9, 12, 16).
  • Big Ten -- 5 (5, 11, 17, 18, 20).
  • Pac-12 -- 5 (14, 15, 19, 23, 24).
  • Big 12 -- 3 (6, 8, 13).
  • ACC -- 2 (2, 22).
  • American -- 2 (10, 21).
  • Sun Belt -- 1 (25).
  • Independent -- 1 (3).

RANKED vs. RANKED

No. 7 Georgia vs. No. 9 Florida in Jacksonville, Florida. The first of two games involving the Bulldogs that will decide the SEC East. Georgia faces Kentucky on Nov. 3.

  • No. 14 Washington State at No. 24 Stanford. Cougars try to grab control of the Pac-12 North.
  • No. 18 Iowa at No. 17 Penn State. The Nittany Lions will help decide the Big Ten West with home games against the Hawkeyes and No. 20 Wisconsin.

Former Hoya Marcus Derrickson signs a two-way contract with Golden State Warriors

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Former Hoya Marcus Derrickson signs a two-way contract with Golden State Warriors

Leaving the Georgetown Hoyas a season early is initially paying off for Marcus Derrickson. 

Less than a month before what would have been his senior season at Georgetown, the 6-7 forward has signed a two-way contract with the Golden State Warriors. 

Derrickson nabbed the second two-way position on the Warriors after an outstanding Summer League translated to a solid preseason.

Fitting right into the Warriors deep-ball oriented scheme, Derrickson was 6-16 from three point range during the five-game preseason. He's a versatile stretch-four that continues to develop and improve on his outside game. 

By signing a two-way contract, the former All-Big East Second teamer will have a chance to get called up to the two-time defending NBA champions at any point this season for up to 45 days. The remaining time will be with the Warriors' G-league affiliate the Santa Cruz Warriors

This arrangement will earn Derrickson a contract of $75,000 and a prorated amount for however much time he is practicing/ playing with Golden State. 

If he is called up to the NBA for more than the allotted 45 days, then the Warriors are obligated to give him a minimum rookie contract. 

Derrickson continues to prove himself as the list of aspiring players dwindles. As each contract begins to near its end, the Warriors time after time offer another opportunity.

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