Virginia Tech back home to face Charleston Southern

Virginia Tech likely didn’t want to see another Charleston on its schedule.Five days after losing to the College of Charleston in the Charleston Classic, the Hokies will take on another school from, yes, Charleston.But Friday’s game against Charleston Southern (2-2) doesn’t figure to be as difficult an assignment for Virginia Tech (5-1). The environment will be decidedly more welcoming at home in Blacksburg, Va.On Sunday, the Hokies were on the verge of capturing the Charleston Classic title. They led College of Charleston by seven points with six minutes left.But the Cougars of the Colonial Athletic Association made eight of their final 10 shots to win 77-75 and take advantage of their rare opportunity to play a major conference team on their home floor.”Not what you would sign up for, but I knew it was their year to be in (the tournament),” Virginia Tech coach Mike Young said. “They earned their way in.”The Hokies welcome a return home, where they will play their next four games, including an anticipated Atlantic Coast Conference opener on Dec. 4 against No. 1 North Carolina.At home, Virginia Tech has made 35 of 78 (44.9 percent) of its 3-point attempts. In their final two games in Charleston, the Hokies connected on just 9 of 46 (19.6 percent) from long distance.