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Virginia Tech 75, Furman 54

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BLACKSBURG, VA -- Virginia Tech needed a total team effort on Tuesday night to earn its fourth victory of the season, knocking off Furman 75-54 at Cassell Coliseum.

Forward Jarell Eddie scored 14 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to guide Virginia Tech (4-2) to its fourth win of the season in Blacksburg. Eddie, who also posted his second double-double of the season, scored in double figures in each of the Hokies' six games this season.

Five players scored in double figures, five players scored at least nine points, and seven broke into the scoring column to provide the Hokies the kind of balanced effort that coach James Johnson hopes to consistently see from his team all season.

Forward Marshall Wood and guard Will Johnston combined to hit seven three pointers to pace Virginia Tech off the bench. Guard Adam Smith did most of his damage in the first half, tacking on 11 points for the Hokies.

After an abysmal first half, Furman tried to make it interesting in the opening minutes of the second half. The Palladins started 8-for-14 from the field and went on a 10-0 run to cut the Virginia Tech lead to 46-35.

Virginia Tech's length and three point shooting would prove to be too much, though, as Furman couldn't keep pace with the Hokies deeper bench and up-tempo attack the rest of the way.

Sophomore guard Stephen Croone was the lone bright spot for Furman (2-3). Croone scored 27 points on 8-of-14 shooting.

Furman struggled mightily on the offensive end in the first half. After Croone knocked down a jumper in the opening minute, the Paladins went 10:19 without a field goal. The Hokies took advantage of Furman's drought, going on an 18-1 run to provide an early cushion.

Despite an ugly first half, Tech took a 31-17 lead into intermission after Johnston knocked down a corner 3-pointer as time expired. The Hokies turned the ball over nine times and shot just 41.7 percent from the floor in the first half.

Luckily for Tech, however, Furman played much worse, shooting 20.8 percent from the field in the first half. The Paladins also turned the ball over nine times, and just three players broke into the scoring column.

Croone, who averages 21.0 points per game, accounted for 13 of Furman's 17 points in the first half.

Smith suffered a violent collision with Croone early in the game. Smith was taken to the training room with an apparent leg injury. He quickly returned to pour in eight first-half points.

NOTES: Hokies G Ben Emelogu did not dress for the game due to flu-like symptoms. The freshman is averaging 14.3 points per game and is shooting 49.2 percent from the floor. ... Furman and Virginia Tech met for the 26th time, but Tuesday's game was their first matchup since 1965, when both schools were members of the Southern Conference. ... Virginia Tech hosts cross-county rival Radford on Friday. Furman heads home to host Brevard on Saturday.
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