Virginia Tech advances to Charleston Classic title game

Nov 17, 2022, 10:28 PM | Updated: Nov 18, 2022, 12:36 pm
Virginia Tech's Grant Basile (21) goes up for a shot as Penn State's Andrew Funk (10) defends in th...

Virginia Tech's Grant Basile (21) goes up for a shot as Penn State's Andrew Funk (10) defends in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Charleston Classic in Charleston, S.C., Friday, Nov. 18, 2022. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)

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              Virginia Tech's Darius Maddox (13) reaches for a rebound against Penn State's Andrew Funk (10) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Charleston Classic in Charleston, S.C., Friday, Nov. 18, 2022. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)
            
              Virginia Tech's Grant Basile (21) goes up for a shot ahead of Penn State's Seth Lundy (1) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Charleston Classic in Charleston, S.C., Friday, Nov. 18, 2022. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)
            
              Penn State's head coach Micah Shrewsberry gestures towards his players in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Virginia Tech at the Charleston Classic in Charleston, S.C., Friday, Nov. 18, 2022. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)
            
              Virginia Tech head coach Mike Young directs his players in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Penn State at the Charleston Classic in Charleston, S.C., Friday, Nov. 18, 2022. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)
            
              Virginia Tech's Sean Pedulla (3) drives against Penn State's Andrew Funk (10) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Charleston Classic in Charleston, S.C., Friday, Nov. 18, 2022. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)
            
              Virginia Tech's Hunter Cattoor (0) drives the ball up the court against Penn State in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Charleston Classic in Charleston, S.C., Friday, Nov. 18, 2022. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)
            
              Virginia Tech's Hunter Cattoor (0) drives the ball up the court against the defense of Penn State's Carmen Wynter (11) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Charleston Classic in Charleston, S.C., Friday, Nov. 18, 2022. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)
            
              Penn State's Caleb Dorsey, center, grabs a rebound ahead of Virginia Tech's Justyn Mutts (25) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Charleston Classic in Charleston, S.C., Friday, Nov. 18, 2022. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)
            
              Virginia Tech's Justyn Mutts (25) dribbles the ball as Penn State's Jalen Pickett (22) defends in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Charleston Classic in Charleston, S.C., Friday, Nov. 18, 2022. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)
            
              Virginia Tech's Grant Basile (21) goes up for a shot as Penn State's Andrew Funk (10) defends in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Charleston Classic in Charleston, S.C., Friday, Nov. 18, 2022. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Grant Basile scored 17 points, Justyn Mutts had 10 points, 12 rebounds and five assists, and Virginia Tech beat Penn State 61-59 on Friday to advance to the championship game of the Charleston Classic.

Mutts extended Virginia Tech’s lead to 59-53 with 1:55 left on a shot in the lane before Andrew Funk and Myles Dread each made their 5th 3-pointer of the game to pull Penn State within two with 40.8 seconds left. After Virginia Tech missed a 3-pointer, Penn State guard Camren Wynter got into the lane but the ball was knocked loose by Hunter Cattoor and the Hokies gained possession with 1.1 left.

Virginia Tech’s 61 points are the fewest in a win since a 47-24 victory over North Carolina State on Feb. 2, 2019.

Virginia Tech won despite going 3 for 19 from 3-point range. It was the lowest 3-point percentage, 15.8, by the Hokies since shooting 14.8 against VMI on Dec. 3, 2020. The Hokies defense force 14 Penn State turnovers, with a career-high four steals from Cattoor and three from Sean Pedulla.

Darius Maddox also scored 11 points and Pedulla added 10 for Virginia Tech (5-0). Mutts recorded his second straight double-double and 19th of his career. Basile also blocked three shots.

Funk finished with 21 points and Dread had 15 points for Penn State (4-1).

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