Virginia Tech 81, Radford 56

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BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Virginia Tech and Radford reside just 16 miles apart, but Friday's matchup marked the first time these two programs have met since the 2005-2006 season.

With no rematch officially on the books anytime soon, Radford may have to wait a while to get its revenge.

Four Virginia Tech players scored in double figures and guard Adam Smith led all scorers with 28 points to lift the Hokies to a 81-56 win over the Highlanders in Cassell Coliseum.

Forward Jarell Eddie scored 13 points and hauled in 10 rebounds for Virginia Tech (5-3) to earn his third consecutive double-double of the season.

Eddie entered the game as the Hokies' leading scorer, averaging 17.3 points per game. He has also scored in double figures in every game this season.

Eddie's wasn't the only double-double on the afternoon, as forward CJ Barksdale finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds of his own.

Forward Javonte Green led the Highlanders in both points and rebounds. The junior finished with 13 points and six rebounds.

Radford trailed by as many as 26 points with 14:46 to play before R.J. Price got hot from the perimeter. Price knocked down three consecutive 3-pointers to help pull the Highlanders to within 14.

That was as close as Radford would get. The Hokies outscored the Highlanders 19-8 to close out the game.

Virginia Tech got off to its best start of the season, opening the game with a 23-5 run. After Radford tied the game 5-5 with 17:26 remaining in the first half, the Hokies scored 18 unanswered points. Radford went 4:33 without a point.

Radford, coached by Mike Jones, would not go away quietly though.

At the 6:58 mark, guard Smith hit a jumper to give Tech an 18-point lead. Jones subsequently ordered his Highlanders to apply full-court pressure on the defensive end. Radford forced a couple of turnovers and scored seven quick points to make the score 35-22.

Green led the charge in Radford's mini-run, scoring 11 points and pulling down four rebounds in the first half.

The Hokies would counter-punch in the final four minutes, though, stretching the lead back to 48-28. Tech finished the first half shooting 58.1 percent from the floor.

Smith poured in 17 points in the first half to help build the Hokies' lead.

Virginia Tech's height seemed to have Radford off balance from the early going. Center Joey Van Zegeren led the way with four blocked shots in the first half. The sophomore from the Netherlands affected several more shots throughout the afternoon, and Tech outrebounded Radford 21-12 in the first half.

NOTES: So far this season, 10 different Hokies have recorded at least 10 points or more in a game. ... Despite the proximity, this was the eighth all-time meeting between the two teams. Hokies coach James Johnson said in his pre-game interview that the Hokies are "interested in continuing the series (with Radford) and are in talks now." ... Up next, Virginia Tech hosts Winthrop on Monday. Radford hosts Central Penn on Tuesday.

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