CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Nickeil Alexander-Walker scored 21 points for No. 16 Virginia Tech and opened the Charleston Classic with a 73-64 victory over Ball State.
The Hokies (2-0) watched a 16-point lead slip to 49-44 midway through the second half before going on a 14-4 run to take control.
Virginia Tech will play Northeastern in Friday's semifinals at 11 a.m. The game will be televised on ESPN2.