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Va Tech beats Saint Louis 66-52 for 1st tourney in 12 years

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) After back-to-back years of first-round losses in the NCAA Tournament, Virginia Tech finally broke through.

Nickeil Alexander-Walker scored 20 points, Kerry Blackshear added 15 and the fourth-seeded Hokies earned their first NCAA Tournament win in 12 years by beating No. 13 seed Saint Louis 66-52 on Friday night.

The Hokies (25-8) had lost to Alabama and Wisconsin the past two years under coach Buzz Williams before using a fast start to advance to a second-round matchup against No. 12 seed Liberty in the East Region.

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Leaders
Points: J. Bess15.3
Rebounds: H. French8.4
Assists: T. Isabell3.6
FG%: No qualifiers
FT%: J. Bess79.0%
3P%: J. Bess32.5%
Steals: J. Goodwin1.8
Blocks: H. French1.8
AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Duke32-6
2 Virginia35-3
3 North Carolina29-7
4 Gonzaga33-4
5 Michigan State32-7
6 Tennessee31-6
7 Kentucky30-7
8 Michigan30-7
9 Texas Tech31-7
10 Florida State29-8
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Coaches Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Virginia35-3
2 Texas Tech31-7
3 Michigan State32-7
4 Duke32-6
5 Auburn30-10
6 Gonzaga33-4
7 Kentucky30-7
8 Purdue26-10
9 North Carolina29-7
10 Tennessee31-6
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Atlantic 10 Standings
 ConferenceOverall
  W-L W-L
VCU 0-0 0-0
Fordham 0-0 0-0
George Washington 0-0 0-0
George Mason 0-0 0-0
La Salle 0-0 0-0
Massachusetts 0-0 0-0
Rhode Island 0-0 0-0
Richmond 0-0 0-0
Duquesne 0-0 0-0
St. Bonaventure 0-0 0-0
Saint Joseph's 0-0 0-0
Saint Louis 0-0 0-0
Davidson 0-0 0-0
Dayton 0-0 0-0
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Offense (Rank)
Points: 66.6 (316)
Rebounds: 13.7 (5)
Assists: 12.8 (227)
FG%: 41.7% (307)
FT%: 59.8% (353)
3P%: 30.4% (337)
Defense (Rank)
Points: 63.8 (25)
Rebounds: 25.9 (119)
Assists: 12.1 (103)
FG%: 41.0% (45)
FT%: 72.2% (280)
3P%: 31.4% (43)
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