ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The 13th-ranked Virginia Tech men’s basketball team beat Washington 73-61 tonight at the Boardwalk Classic.
Nickeil Alexander-Walker had 24 points in the game, which wrapped up a quadrupleheader at Boardwalk Hall.
The Hokies (9-1), playing in front of a pro-Tech crowd, built a 39-21 halftime advantage and led the entire second half. The Huskies never got closer than seven points in the second half.
The Hokies improved to 2-1 against teams from major conferences this season, including a win over Purdue in the Charleston Classic title game and a loss at Penn State in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge.
Washington (7-4) suffered its third loss to a ranked foe this year, including an 88-66 defeat at Auburn last month and an 81-79 loss at then-No. 1 Gonzaga on Dec. 5.
The Hokies squashed the Huskies for the second straight year. Tech thrashed Washington 103-79 last November in the third-place game of the 2K Classic at Madison Square Garden.
Leading 14-10 with 11:56 to go in the first half, Tech went on a 21-4 run to build a 35-16 cushion with 4:11 left in the half. Tech was shooting 57 percent from the field at that point to the Huskies’ 22 percent. Tech was also outrebounding the Huskies 17-11 at that point. Tech led the rest of the way.
The entire run happened even though Nickeil Alexander-Walker on the bench with two fouls.
Ahmed Hill had eight points in the run, while P.J Horne had six points and Justin Robinson five.
The Huskies shot just 27.6 percent from the field in the first half, when they had just two treys. Tech forced eight turnovers in the half and outrebounded the Huskies 22-18 in the half.
But the Huskies warmed up in the second half to make a game of it.
Thanks in part to five treys, the Huskies opened the second half on an 18-9 run to cut the lead to 48-39 with 14:54 left.
Ty Outlaw answered with back-to-back buckets, including a 3-pointer, to extend the lead to 53-39.
The Huskies later cut the lead to 53-46. But they came no closer.
Alexander-Walker had a layup and free throw to extend the lead to 56-46 with 8:39 to go.
The Huskies cut the lead to 56-47, but Alexander-Walker answered with a 3-pointer.
UW cut the lead to 59-49, but Alexander-Walker answered with two free throws for a 61-49 lead with 5:56 to go.
A 3-pointer and free throw by Matisse Thybulle later cut the lead to 63-54, but Alexander-Walker answered with a trey for a 66-54 cushion with 4:16 left.