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BLACKSBURG -- The Virginia Tech men's basketball team beat North Carolina State 72-58 on Saturday at Cassell Coliseum.

Tech improved to 12-4 overall and 3-2 in the ACC. State fell to 11-5, 2-3.

Landers Nolley II had 29 points for Tech, including 18 in the first half. Fellow redshirt freshman Tyrece Radford had a career-high 18 points.

Tech had nine 3-pointers.

State's top scorer and rebounder this season, C.J. Bryce, missed his fourth straight game with a concussion.

State jumped out to a 10-0 lead. The Hokies were 0 of 5 from the field and 0 of 3 from 3-point range at that point.

But Tech answered with a 13-0 run to grab a 13-10 lead with 13:18 left in the first half.

Landers Nolley hit a jumper to give Tech a 15-13 lead. Nolley had 10 points at that point.

Jalen Cone hit a trey to give Tech an 18-15 lead with 11:58 left in the half. Tech had made six of its last seven field-goal attempts, including all four of its 3-point attempts, at that point.

Cone hit another trey to give Tech a 21-19 lead with 10:39 to go in the half. Tech led the rest of the half.

The Hokies led 40-33 at halftime. Nolley had 18 points in the first half. He entered the game averaging 17.1 points per game.

Tech was 7 of 13 from 3-point range (53.8 percent) in the first half.

State shot 36.4 percent from the field in the first half to Tech's 40 percent.

State cut the lead to 46-45 on a DJ Funderburk dunk, but Tyrece Radford had a layup and Nolley dunked to extend the lead to 50-45.

Funderburk scored again, but Nolley hit a trey fior a 53-47 lead.

Funderburk scored again, but Nolley hit a jumper for a 55-49 lead.

State cut the lead to 55-52, but Radford had three straight baskets for a 61-52 lead with 5:33 to go.

Nolley scored to make it an 8-0 Tech run and a 63-52 lead.

Nahiem Alleyne made a trey to make it an 11-0 Tech run and a 66-52 lead with 4:04 to go.

Full story with quotes under a new headline later, as well as a column.

Contact Mark Berman at mark.berman@roanoke.com or 981-3125. Follow him on Twitter: @BermanRoanoke.


Mark Berman covers Virginia Tech men’s basketball and many other teams at the university. He also helps cover other colleges, including Radford, VMI, Roanoke, Washington and Lee and Ferrum.

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