Virginia Tech ends 17-game skid against Louisville, 75-43

Mar 1, 2022, 6:49 AM | Updated: 8:58 pm

Virginia Tech's Justyn Mutts (25) scores over Louisville's El Ellis (3) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, March 1, 2022, in Blacksburg, Va. (Matt Gentry/The Roanoke Times via AP)

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Justyn Mutts had 14 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and blocked two shots as Virginia Tech ended a 17-game losing streak to Louisville with a 75-43 rout on Tuesday night.

Virginia Tech (19-11, 11-8 ACC) has won nine of its last 10 games and secured at least the seventh seed into the conference tournament.

Keve Aluma and Darius Maddox added 11 points apiece for the Hokies. Nahiem Alleyne and Sean Pedulla each had nine points. Maddox and Pedulla combined for six of the Hokies’ 12 3-pointers.

Sydney Curry scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead Louisville (12-17, 6-13), which shot 36% (17 of 47) overall and committed 18 turnovers.

The Cardinals made the first bucket of the game before Virginia Tech answered with 12 straight points. Alleyne made a 3-pointer between two 3s from Pedulla as the Hokies stretched their lead to 13 points with 4:18 remaining in the first half.

A Matt Cross 3 cut Louisville’s deficit to 38-27 early in the second half, but the Cardinals didn’t get closer.

The Hokies’ last win in the series was on February 13, 1991, a 72-56 home victory.

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