Dorenzo Hudson scored 20 points, including four free throws in the final 2 minutes, as Virginia Tech beat Cal State Northridge 72-56 in the first round of the 76 Classic on Thursday.
Malcolm Delaney had 17 points and seven assists for the Hokies (3-1), and Jeff Allen had 10 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out.
Rashaun McLemore led the Matadors (1-3) with 17 points. Vinnie McGhee added 14.
The Hokies led from the start in a frenetic game marked by turnovers and quick shots.
Virginia Tech, which led 38-18 at halftime, shot 50 percent in the first half and 57.1 percent in the second and had 21 assists.
Northridge had 25 turnovers but made 5 of 11 3-pointers in the second half and pulled as close as 66-56 with 1:08 left.
Virginia Tech's top reserve, guard Erick Green, left the game after pulling his right calf muscle.