BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Jarell Eddie scored 14 points to lead Virginia Tech to a 75-54 win over Furman on Tuesday.
Eddie made 6 of 15 from the floor, including two 3-pointers, and he also grabbed 10 rebounds for his second straight double-double.The Hokies (4-3) also got 13 points from Marshall Wood and 12 points from Will Johnston. Johnston hit four 3-pointers and Wood hit three 3's as the Hokies hit 12 3-pointers.Furman (2-3) scored the first basket of the game on a jumper by Stephen Croone, but the Hokies answered with an 18-1 run to take control of the game and never trailed again.The Paladins missed 12 straight shots after Croone's game-opening jumper. Furman shot just 20 percent from the floor in the first half (5 of 24) and missed all six of its 3-point attempts.Virginia Tech gradually built the lead to 22 points in the second half following a Wood 3-pointer with 14:30 left that gave the Hokies a 43-21 lead. Furman cut the lead to nine points on two occasions, the final coming on a Croone 3-pointer with 7:40 remaining.But the Hokies' Johnston answered with a 3-pointer with 7:11 remaining to start a 15-2 run that pushed the lead back to 66-44, and the Hokies weren't threatened again.Virginia Tech made 12 of 30 from beyond the 3-point arc, marking the fourth straight game in which the Hokies have made at least 10 3-pointers. They shot 47 percent from the floor for the game (28 of 59).Croone led the Paladins with 27 points. He hit 8 of 14 from the floor and 10 of 11 from the free-throw line. Larry Wideman added 13 points for the Paladins, who only had four players score in the game.The Hokies played without freshman guard Ben Emelogu, who sat out with a concussion. Emelogu was averaging 14 points per game.