Virginia Tech 74, Towson 67
TOWSON, Md. (AP)—Bryant Matthews scored 19 of his 24 points in the second half and Virginia Tech beat Towson 74-67 Saturday for its third straight win.
Shawn Harris and Jamon Gordon each had 11 points for the Hokies (6-3), who broke a six-game road losing streak. Virginia Tech improved to 3-0 lifetime against the Tigers.
Trevan Jackson led Towson (2-6) with 22 points. Jamaal Gilchrist and Mike Green each had 15 for the Tigers, who have lost five straight.
Towson fell to 2-14 all-time against Big East teams and has not beaten a team from that conference since a 1994 victory over West Virginia.
Matthews, whose 24.5 points per game average was fourth best in Division I entering the game, shot only 1-for-9 from the field in the first half. But Matthews, who tied a career-high with 15 rebounds, came alive down the stretch.
Towson got within 42-38 on a Jackson bucket with 13:27 remaining in the game, but Matthews had 11 points in the subsequent 14-4 Hokie run for a 56-42 lead.
A three-point by Gilchrist closed the gap to 61-59 with 1:54 left, but the Hokies got a basket by Coleman Collins and two free throws by Allan Calloway to pull away.
Gordon scored Virginia Tech’s first eight points and the Hokies built an 19-9 lead on a pair of free throws by Shawn Harris with 9:47 left in the first half.
Towson was 7-for-23 from the field, including 1-for-11 on two-point attempts, in the first half. But the Tigers’ first seven baskets were 3-pointers and Jackson’s 3 got Towson within 22-20 with 5:42 to go.
The Hokies responded with an 8-0 run capped by Calloway’s baseline dunk and led 33-24 at halftime.