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Nickeil Alexander-Walker of Virginia Tech has been named to the midseason watch list for the Oscar Robertson Trophy, which goes to the national player of the year.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The Virginia Tech women’s basketball team tied a school record by making 15 3-pointers in an 81-73 comeback win over Ohio State on Friday in the West Palm Beach Invitational at Keiser University.

The Hokies (12-0) tied the school single-game record for 3-point baskets that was set in a February 2017 game against Boston College. Tech shot 60 percent (15 of 25) from 3-point range Friday.

The Buckeyes (4-5) led by 16 points in the second quarter and by eight points at halftime. They led 61-58 after three quarters.

Down 68-66 in the fourth, Tech went on a 9-0 run to grab a 75-68 lead with 3:53 to go. Tech led the rest of the way.

Taylor Emery had 27 points, five 3-pointers and four assists for the Hokies. Regan Magarity, who added 15 points and 15 rebounds , moved into ninth place on Virginia Tech’s career scoring list. Trinity Baptiste added 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Hokies.

LOCAL WOMEN

Virginia 74, South Florida 67

WINTER PARK, Fla. — Jocelyn Willoughby led all scorers with 23 points and the Virginia women’s basketball team overcame a 13-point halftime deficit and made six free throws in the final 40 seconds to knock off the Bulls in the World Class Basketball Florida Sunshine Classic Tournament, played at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.

Dominique Toussaint added 18 points and Mone Jones grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds for the Cavs (5-7). USF (9-4) had four players in double figures led by Laura Ferreira with 17 points.

LOCAL MEN

VMI 89, North Alabama 68

LEXINGTON — Bubba Parham scored 29 points and VMI snapped a five-game losing streak by defeating North Alabama on Friday night.

Parham made 6 of 12 3-pointers, 8 of 18 field goals overall, and 7 of 9 free throws for the Keydets (6-7). Sarju Patel scored 19 points, Myles Lewis added 18 and Tyler Creammer had nine points and nine rebounds.

North Alabama (3-10) was led in scoring by Kendall Stafford with 16 points.

ACC MEN

Louisville 73, Robert Morris 59

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Jordan Nwora scored seven of his 19 points during a decisive 20-2 spurt to lead Louisville (9-3).

TOP 25 MEN

No. 10 Michigan State 99, Oakland 66

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Cassius Winston scored a season-high 26 points for Michigan State (10-2).

LATE THURSDAY

No. 21 Houston 60, Utah State 50

HOUSTON — Armoni Brooks scored all of his 15 points in the second half for Houston (11-0).

NOTE

Alexander-Walker, Hunter make national watch list

Virginia Tech sophomore Nickeil Alexander-Walker and University of Virginia sophomore De’Andre Hunter were among 20 players named by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association to the midseason watch list for the Oscar Robertson Trophy, given to the national player of the year.

Other players of note on the list include Duke’s R.J. Barrett and Zion Williamson; North Carolina’s Luke Maye; Kansas’ Dedrick Lawson; Purdue’s Carsen Edwards; Gonzaga’s Rui Hachimura and Brandon Clarke; Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ; and Tennessee’s Grant Williams.  

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