No. 16 Virginia Tech, Northeastern win at Charleston Classic
By PETE IACOBELLI
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) Northeastern forward Jeremy Miller loves playing Power Five opponents. He and his teammates made sure the Huskies got a chance to play another by routing Alabama at the Charleston Classic.
The win was the program's first over a Southeastern Conference school and set up a game Friday with No. 16 Virginia Tech of the Atlantic Coast Conference with a spot in the eight-team tournament finals on the line.
Miller says the Huskies can't wait - and the higher the stakes the better.
"Everyone's hype, everyone's really into it" against Power Five opposition, he said. "I think it brings out a different side to us."
Miller, a senior, was part of the team that stunned Michigan State 83-71 in December 2016. He's ready to go up against the Hokies (2-0), who advanced with a 73-64 win over Ball State.
"We have something to prove this year," Miller said.
Pusica went 4 of 4 on 3-pointers and had team highs with five assists and three steals.
No. 23 Purdue takes on Appalachian State while Wichita State and Davidson finish out the opening round.
Nickeil Alexander-Walker scored 21 points for a second straight game to lead Virginia Tech.
Alexander-Walker said the Hokies took steps forward on offense and defense from their first game, an 87-59 win over Gardner-Webb last Friday.
Their preparation was better, their defense was sharper and they showed more intensity going after rebounds, Alexander-Walker said.
"Locking in on the things that aren't seen to win," he said.
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Updated November 15, 2018