Nolte lead Virginia past Virginia Tech 74-58

Nolte lead Virginia past Virginia Tech 74-58
January 24, 2013, 10:11 pm
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Virginia Tech's Erick Greene (11) shoots past Virginia's Teven Jones (5) during the first half of their NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, in Blacksburg, Va. (AP Photo/The Roanoke Times, Matt Gentry)


BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) Evan Nolte scored a career-high 18 points to lead Virginia past in-state rival Virginia Tech 74-58 on Thursday night.

Nolte, a freshman, came into the game averaging 6.4 points per game but hit five 3-pointers for the Cavaliers (13-5, 3-2 in the ACC) and 6 of 12 from the floor. He and Joe Harris combined to hit nine of Virginia's season-high 11 3-pointers.

Harris scored 12 of his 17 points in the first half, including nine - on three 3-pointers - during a 24-2 Virginia run that gave the Cavaliers the lead for good. Virginia hit 9 of 10 shots during that run, including five 3-pointers.

Virginia Tech (11-7, 2-3), which trailed by double digits the entire second half, was led by Erick Green, who scored a career-high 35 points. Green came into the game as the nation's leading scorer at 24.6 points per game.