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