BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) _ Keith Lee scored 37 points and hauled down 12 rebounds Saturday to propel Memphis State's fourth-ranked Tigers to an 89-79 Metro Conference basketball victory over Virginia Tech.

Lee, a 6-foot-10 senior averaging 20.5 points a game, broke a three-game scoring slump in which he scored a total of just 27 points. The victory raised the Tigers' record to 15-1 overall and 5-1 in the conference. Tech dropped to 13-4 and 4-1.

The Tigers and Hokies exchanged the lead 10 times in the first half, but the Hokies took a 40-38 halftime lead behind the scoring of Perry Young and Dell Curry, each with 12 points.

Young kept Virginia Tech in the game early in the second half, scoring 12 of 14 Tech points during a four-minute period to give his team a 60-57 lead with 11:43 remaining.

But Young committed his fourth foul and was removed from the game with 9:30 left, and the Hokies went cold. During the next 81/2 minutes, Tech managed just six points, all by Curry, to 16 for the Tigers - Lee getting nine of them.

Curry finished with 30 points and Young added 27 points and 10 rebounds.

William Bedford backed Lee with 17 points and 12 rebounds and Baskerville Holmes added 16 points and 10 caroms.