Cone Gets 18 Off Bench As No. 24 Virginia Tech Tops Longwood

Cone Gets 18 Off Bench As No. 24 Virginia Tech Tops Longwood

BLACKSBURG, Va.: Jalen Cone scored 18 points off the bench to lead No. 24 Virginia Tech over Longwood 84-58 on Monday night.

Cone shot 6 of 15 from the floor all 3-pointers for the Hokies (7-1), who struggled for 30 minutes but heated up down the stretch to win their third consecutive game. Keve Aluma added 14 points and Joe Bamisile finished with 11, leading a balanced Virginia Tech offense as 10 players scored.

Leslie Nkereuwem paced Longwood (1-7) with 10 points.

The Lancers trailed 45-40 after a basket by Juan Munoz with 11:39 remaining. The Hokies, though, scored on their next 13 possessions to pull away, with Cone hitting three of Virginia Techs five 3-pointers in that span.

The Hokies shot 59% (19 of 32) and hit six 3s in the second half.

BIG PICTURE

Longwood: Despite their record, the Lancers have been competitive with a young roster that includes three freshman starters and only one senior. Theyve lost three games by three points or less and easily could have a winning record. They might experience some growing pains once Big South Conference play begins, but they also have enough pieces to be a major headache for a lot of teams.

Virginia Tech: After missing the Hokies first four games with an injury, Cone is starting to find his rhythm. A noted 3-point shooter he shot 45.7% from beyond the arc a season ago Cone has hit 11 3s in the past two games and gives balance to a Virginia Tech team that has played extremely well heading into the holiday break.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Following three wins in a seven-day stretch and now heading into an eight-day layoff for the holidays, the Hokies should stay in the Top 25 rankings.

UP NEXT

Longwood: The Lancers host UNC Ashville on Dec. 30.

Virginia Tech: The Hokies host to Miami on Dec. 29.

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