BLACKSBURG —The Virginia Tech men’s basketball team limited Radford to a 28-percent shooting performance, including 2-for-24 from three, in a 65-39 win inside Cassell Coliseum.

The Hokies (3-0, 0-0 ACC) had three players score in double figures, led by Storm Murphy, who had 17 points. Justyn Mutts added 11 points and eight rebounds, and Keve Aluma helped out with 10 points and two blocks.

Tech out-rebounded Radford (1-2, 0-0 Big South) 41-32 in Monday’s game, led by Hunter Cattoor’s nine boards.

Virginia Tech’s defense held Radford to only 8.3-percent from beyond the arc. The Hokies also limited Bryan Hart to 0-of-7 shooting from downtown and two points in the game. The Highlanders did not have much luck cleaning up their misses on the offensive glass either, as they finished with seven offensive rebounds and managed zero second chance points while Virginia Tech cleared 34 defensive rebounds.

Head coach Mike Young recorded a noteworthy milestone from the bench, as the Radford, Va. native coached his 600th career game.

How It Happened

After being tied at 7-7, Virginia Tech went on a 13-0 run with 14:03 left in the first half, culminating in a bucket from Cattoor, to take a 20-7 lead. The Hokies then lost some of that lead, but still entered halftime with a 25-18 advantage. Virginia Tech did most of its first half damage in the paint, scoring 14 of its 25 points close to the basket.

Following intermission, Tech kept widening its lead, expanding it to 54-39 before going on an 11-0 run, finished off by Sean Pedulla’s three, growing the lead to 65-39 with 1:07 to go in the contest. The Hokies held onto that lead for the rest of the game for the 65-39 win. Virginia Tech shot well from three-point range in the second half, hitting seven shots from deep to score 21 of its 40 points.

Game Notes» The Hokies shot well from three point range, knocking down 10 of 23 long range attempts.
» Storm Murphy led the Hokies with a game-high 17 points.
» Tech held the Highlanders to only 28 percent shooting from the field.
» Virginia Tech never trailed in the second half on its way to victory.
» Virginia Tech had a 41-32 edge on the boards in the win.
» Tech’s defense forced 18 turnovers.
» Hunter Cattoor led the team with a career-high nine rebounds.