Jones, Rozier help No. 6 Louisville beat Virginia Tech 78-63
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Chris Jones had a career-high 11 assists and Terry Rozier scored 16 points as No. 6 Louisville easily brushed off Virginia Tech on Tuesday night.
Louisville (15-2, 3-1 ACC) tied a season-high with 10 3-pointers and had one of its best shooting performances of the season in hitting 48 percent from the field (31 of 65). Rozier hit 4 of 6 from behind the arc.
Wayne Blackshear added 15 points and Montrezl Harrell and Mangok Mathiang each had 11 points and 8 rebounds as the Cardinals bounced back from Saturday's 72-71 loss at North Carolina.
Adam Smith had 19 points, hitting 5 of 7 3-pointers, and Justin Bibbs scored 15 for the Hokies (8-8, 0-3), who lost their fourth straight game after winning the previous four.
After trading baskets to start the game, Louisville established itself early with a 15-0 run and led by as many as 29.
Mathiang had 10 points in the game's first 12 1/2 minutes, eclipsing his season high. He scored three straight Louisville baskets during one stretch, all set up by Jones, and finished two shy of tying his career high.
After Louisville's opening run, Virginia Tech cut the lead to single digits three times in the first half, the last on Smith's deep 3-pointer that made it 33-24 with 3:09 remaining. Louisville then ended the half on a 10-0 run, capped by Wayne Blackshear's 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Cardinals a 43-24 halftime lead, and scored the first eight points of the second half.
Louisville hit 10 of its first 20 3s before missing its final five to finish with 40 percent shooting on 3-point attempts. Virginia Tech, second in the ACC in 3-point percentage at 40 percent, missed its first five but finished the game 8 of 19 (42 percent).
Louisville: The 11 assists from Jones surpassed the 10 he had at Wake Forest on Jan. 4. ... Harrell, a junior, is now 12 points shy of 1,000 for his career. ... Rozier has reached double figures in all but one of Louisville's 17 games this season. The sophomore guard was second in the ACC (17.5 points per game) entering the game.
Virginia Tech: Freshman Justin Bibbs did not start the game, a first in his career. ... The Hokies will need a big upcoming performance to snap their losing skid, facing No. 15 North Carolina, No. 12 Notre Dame and No. 2 Virginia in their next three games.
Louisville hosts No. 4 Duke on Saturday. Virginia Tech travels to No. 15 North Carolina on Sunday.