Virginia Tech handed Penn State its first loss of the year Friday as the Hokies held on for a 61-59 win in the second round of the Charleston Classic at TD Arena in Charleston, South Carolina.

Penn State (4-1) trailed by 10 points in the second half before a late-game surge brought the Nittany Lions within two points of tying the score four times in the final 6:26.

Penn State never led in the contest.

Bucknell transfer Andrew Funk scored a game-high 21 points on 8-of-16 shooting for the Nittany Lions. He was 5-of-11 from 3-point range. Myles Dread added 15 points to round out Penn State’s double-figure scorers. Jalen Pickett had nine points and eight assists.

Virginia Tech’s Grant Basile scored a team-high 17 points, one of four Hokies with double-digit efforts.

Virginia Tech led 37-29 at halftime. Its 16-point lead with 7:59 to play in the first half was the largest of the game.

The Nittany Lions shot 41.1% (23-of-56) from the field. The Hokies went 26-of-58 (44.8%).

Penn State concludes play in the Charleston Classic at 6 p.m. Sunday (ESPNU) against either Charleston or Colorado State.

The Nittany Lions advanced to Friday’s second round after taking a 73-68 win against Furman on Thursday.


CHARLESTON CLASSIC

Second round

Virginia Tech 61, Penn State 59

PENN ST. (4-1) 59

Dorsey 0-1 0-0 0, Funk 8-16 0-0 21, Pickett 4-10 0-0 9, Wynter 1-4 0-0 2, Lundy 1-5 2-4 4, Dread 5-11 0-0 15, Mahaffey 2-2 0-0 4, D.Johnson 1-4 0-0 2, Njie 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 23-56 2-4 59.

VIRGINIA TECH (5-0) 61

Basile 7-11 2-3 17, Mutts 5-12 0-2 10, Cattoor 1-6 0-0 3, Maddox 5-8 0-0 11, Pedulla 5-13 0-0 10, Collins 0-2 2-2 2, Poteat 2-5 2-2 6, Kidd 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 26-58 6-9 61.

Halftime: Virginia Tech 37-29. 3-Point Goals: Penn St. 11-30 (Dread 5-11, Funk 5-11, Pickett 1-2, Dorsey 0-1, Wynter 0-1, D.Johnson 0-2, Lundy 0-2), Virginia Tech 3-19 (Maddox 1-2, Basile 1-3, Cattoor 1-5, Mutts 0-1, Collins 0-2, Pedulla 0-6). Rebounds: Penn St. 31 (Lundy 9), Virginia Tech 31 (Mutts 12). Assists: Penn St. 15 (Pickett 8), Virginia Tech 14 (Mutts 5). Total Fouls: Penn St. 12, Virginia Tech 12.

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