Virginia Tech wins first game at Charleston Classic

Sean Pedulla scored 18 points with seven assists and Virginia Tech held off Old Dominion 75-71 on Thursday in the first round of the Charleston Classic.

The Hokies (4-0) will face Penn State in the semifinals on Friday while the Monarchs (2-2) will face Furman.

Grant Basile scored 15 points, Darius Maddox added 12 and Justyn Mutts had 11 with nine rebounds.

Chaunce Jenkins scored a career-high 16 of his 24 points in a second-half rally for Old Dominion. Mekhi Long added 10 points and 11 rebounds.

The Hokies built a 20-point lead in the first half, leading by 14 at the break, but Old Dominion rallied behind Jenkins, who scored 10 points in the final five minutes. Long’s 3-pointer cut the lead to two but Hunter Cattoor, who had eight points in the first half, got his first of the second half with a pair of decisive free throws 5.3 seconds from time. end.

The Hokies used 6-of-13 shots from the arc to help build a 14-point halftime lead, with the Monarchs struggling at 1-of-7 range.

Two 3-pointers from Basile and another from Pedulla sparked a 15-2 run that gave the Hokies a 23-10 lead that grew to 20 after back-to-back baskets from Pedulla and Maddox.

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Naomi C. Amerson