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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.

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Jacksonville State travels to Winthrop on Friday.

Virginia Tech hosts VMI on Saturday.

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Wilmer Difo homers but Phillies top Nats

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Wilmer Difo homers but Phillies top Nats

WASHINGTON -- Rhys Hoskins hit a two-run homer, Vince Velasquez pitched five effective innings and the Philadelphia Phillies snapped Washington's six-game win streak with a 3-1 victory over the Nationals on Saturday.

Velasquez (2-4) allowed one run and one hit in his first win since April 7. He also struck out four, walked four and hit a batter.

Edubray Ramos, Tommy Hunter, Luis Garcia and Hector Neris then combined for four innings of one-hit relief. Neris earned his sixth save.

Trea Turner led off the Washington ninth with a walk and was running when Matt Wieters popped out to short right field. Turner, who slid into second, lost track of the ball and was easily doubled off first.

Wilmer Difo homered for Washington. Third baseman Anthony Rendon went 0 for 2 with two walks after missing 19 games with what the team called a contusion to his toe.

Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark (2-3) tied his season high with nine strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. He was charged with three runs and six hits.

Andrew Stevenson accounted for Washington's other hit, a one-out single in the sixth. Pedro Severino followed with a walk, but Ramos induced a double-play grounder from Rafael Bautista.

Cesar Hernandez opened the game with a single off Roark and Hoskins homered to center on a 3-2 pitch. It was his fifth of the season.

Maikel Franco provided an insurance run when he followed Carlos Santana's one-out triple with a single in the sixth.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Phillies: RHP Ben Lively (lower back strain) threw 20 pitches in a bullpen session. Lively was placed on the disabled list April 27. ... Manager Gabe Kapler said RHP Pat Neshek (shoulder strain) will throw a bullpen session as the next step in his rehabilitation. Neshek has not appeared in a game this season.

Nationals: 1B Ryan Zimmerman was scratched from the lineup due to stiffness in his side, according to manager Dave Martinez. ... RHP Trevor Gott, who sprained an ankle in the sixth inning Friday night, is day to day.

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The winners of the last three NL Cy Young Awards square off when Philadelphia's Jake Arrieta (3-1, 3.49 ERA) opposes Max Scherzer (6-1, 1.79 ERA). Arrieta won the award in 2015 with the Cubs and Scherzer, the National League Pitcher of the Month for April, has claimed the honor each of the last two seasons.

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.