College Basketball

No. 16 Virginia Tech takes Ball State in tourney opener

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Nickeil Alexander-Walker scored 21 points for No. 16 Virginia Tech and opened the Charleston Classic with a 73-64 victory over Ball State.

The Hokies (2-0) watched a 16-point lead slip to 49-44 midway through the second half before going on a 14-4 run to take control.

Virginia Tech will play the winner of the next game, Alabama vs. Northeastern, in Friday’s semifinals.

Tayler Persons led Ball State (1-2) with 21 points. The Cardinals will play Alabama on Friday.

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