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Saint Joseph's beats Virginia Tech 79-62

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Saint Joseph's beats Virginia Tech 79-62

NEW YORK (AP) -- Saint Joseph's coach Phil Martelli was handing out grades for the first semester. He gave his Hawks an A-minus.

Isaiah Miles disagreed with the mark. And since he had a career-high 36 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in a 79-62 victory over Virginia Tech on Tuesday, it was right to listen to him.

"This is one of the best starts we've ever had so I'm giving us an A-plus," he said. "There's always room for improvement, but we can be really good. We're all clicking together and that makes us hard to beat."

The win in an Atlantic 10-ACC doubleheader at Barclays Center was the fifth straight for the Hawks (9-2).

DeAndre Bembry had 22 points for the Hawks. But it was Miles, a senior forward, who drew the attention, topping his career high of 24 points and matching his career high in rebounding. He has scored in double figures in all 11 games this season and this was his fourth double-double. He came into the game shooting 91 percent from the foul line and went 11 of 12 against Virginia Tech.

"I have to credit my teammates who found me when I was open." Miles said. "At first my shot wasn't going so I thought driving to the basket would help. I kept fighting for putbacks and made the free throws."

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Seth Allen had 18 points for the ACC's Hokies (8-4), who had won four straight.

"They were the dominant team, energy, toughness. They overwhelmed us from the beginning," Virginia Tech coach Buzz Williams said. "Miles and Bembry were the two best players on the floor and we couldn't guard them."

Saint Joseph's led 35-26 at halftime behind Bembry's 18 points. Virginia Tech cut the lead to 39-33 early in the second half and Miles took over from there. He scored on a follow shot and hit a 3 to restore the lead to double digits. In one stretch, he scored nine straight points for the Hawks.

"He sent a message to other team `Not today,'" Martelli said.

The Hawks dominated the boards, finishing with a 48-32 advantage, including 19-9 on the offensive end. The Hawks had a 26-4 advantage on second-chance points, and they held the Hokies well below their average of 80.5 points per game.

"They had 19 offensive rebounds that they turned into 26 points and there were all those free throws (19 of 25)," Williams said. "Those are two tell-tale signs of who the toughest team was."

Saint Joseph's took advantage of the Hokies' poor shooting to open a 27-13 lead with 4:46 to go in the first half. The Hawks' 15-2 run -- Bembry had seven points -- had scoring droughts of 2:55 and 3:20 for the Hokies who managed just one field goal in that span.

COLD START:

At the game's first media timeout the teams combined to shoot 4 of 21 and that included missing all seven 3-point attempts.

TIP-INS:

Virginia Tech: Justin Bibbs entered the game second in the NCAA in 3-point shooting, having made 32 of 50 (64 percent). He was 0 of 2 from long range and had eight points. "They face-guarded him and that will be the case from now on," Williams said. ... The all-time series is tied 3-3 and all the previous meetings came when both schools were members of the Atlantic 10. ...

UP NEXT:

Virginia Tech hosts No. 19 West Virginia on Dec. 30.

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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.