Charles Jones scored 20 points and Rodney McCray 15 as No. 3 Louisville, leading from the beginning, defeated Virginia Tech, 73-64, in a Metro Conference game last night in Blacksburg, Va.

It was the 1,000th win in the history of the Louisville basketball program. Virginia Tech's home winning streak was ended at 19 games, including 15 this season.

Louisville (26-3, 11-0) moved to a 27-10 lead with 8:39 left in the first half before the Hokies rallied to cut the deficit to 38-31 at halftime.

The Hokies (20-9, 6-5) pulled within 40-37 with 17:09 left. But Louisville scored the next nine points, and led by 19 before Virginia Tech rallied to 65-60 with 1:20 left.

Forward Perry Young, Tech's leading scorer with a 15.9 average, had only seven against Louisville's inside defense.

"Louisville is so strong inside that we were intimidated by them," said Tech Coach Charlie Moir. "They cut off Perry Young, and he's been such a big scorer for us. They played him with a taller man and it was difficult for him to take the ball to the basket."