Hokie Basketball Goes 3-0 in Canada

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Virginia Tech men’s basketball team traveled to Windsor, Ontario over the
weekend to play three exhibition games against Canadian teams. The Hokies went
3-0, defeating host University of Windsor twice and the London All-Stars once.
It was a great chance for Tech’s young team to get some real playing experience.

Two games were played on Saturday, and the Hokies defeated the London
All-Stars in the first game 75-60. Deron Washington led the team in scoring with
16 points, while A.D. Vassallo had a double-double with 15 points and 13
rebounds. Freshman power forward Jeff Allen was impressive in his first action
with 15 points and seven rebounds.

In the second game of the day, Tech defeated the University of Windsor 88-69.
Deron Washington and A.D. Vassallo each had 20 points and eight rebounds.
Freshman guard Malcolm Delaney came off the bench to score 15 points in 18
minutes, while starting freshman point guard Hank Thorns added 10 points and
eight assists. Jeff Allen had 12 points and eight rebounds.

Freshman small forward Terrell Bell came off the bench to score eight points
against Windsor. The Hokies led 46-23 at halftime and knocked down 11-of-21
three-point attempts.

On Sunday, the Hokies played their final game of the weekend, again against
Windsor, defeating the Lancers 79-52. Deron Washington once again led Tech in
scoring with 18 points, and he also added five assists and six steals.
Washington was Tech’s leading scorer in all three games.

A.D. Vassallo continued his impressive weekend with eight points and 11
rebounds. Malcolm Delaney again scored 15 points off the bench, and Hank Thorns
added 12 points. Tech outrebounded Windsor 48-37 and held them to just 25.8%
shooting.

According to TSL message board poster Merrill Hokie, who attended the games,
Tech’s starting lineup consists of freshman Hank Thorns at point guard, junior
A.D. Vassallo and senior Deron Washington on the wings, and freshman Jeff Allen
and junior Cheick Diakite on the inside.

The Hokies will officially open practice on Oct. 12. The first game of the
season is against Elon in Cassell Coliseum on November 9, the night before the
football game with Florida State.

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