Virginia Tech thrashed overmatched Maryland-Eastern Shore 92-37 on Sunday night in the Hokies’ final non-conference tuneup game. Tech improved to 10-3 with the victory, while the Hawks dropped to 1-14 on the season.
Maryland-Eastern Shore, whose only win this season has come against Clarks Summit University in a game Summit lists as an exhibition, shot just 14-of-59 (23.7%) from the field against the Hokies, and were only 7-of-26 (26.9%) from three-point range.
Despite the good performance, Virginia Tech head coach Mike Young sees many ways in which his defense can improve.
“Still, we have a long way to go,” Young said. “We still look so young in some regards, just in terms of our readiness, just in terms of our level of engagement and communication. They talk like chatterboxes in the locker room and in the halls, but then they go on the floor and they draw inside of themselves a little bit, and I don’t like that, but they’re trying. They want to communicate better and more effectively, but it is a sign of our youth that we are continually trying to work on.”
The most amazing stat of the night was the fact that Virginia Tech committed just two turnovers in a game, with their first coming by walk-on guard Brendan Palmer with only 4:24 remaining in the game. The two turnovers matched the school record set against Wake Forest back during the 2006-07 season.
“I don’t think I have been [in a game where his team only committed two turnovers], and I don’t care who you’re playing, that’s an impressive statistic,” Young said. “There are a lot of moving parts, and in how we want to play with that ball moving from side to side, with five guys touching it, and with those Maryland-Eastern Shore kids being tough kids, physical kids, scrappy kids.”
Redshirt freshman Landers Nolley paced the Hokies with a double-double, scoring 18 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. True freshman Hunter Cattoor came off the bench to score 17. He was 5-of-7 from three-point range. Redshirt freshman guard Tyrece Radford had 13 points and five assists. True freshman center John Ojiako had 15 points and eight rebounds, while true freshman guard Jalen Cone finished the game with 11 points.
Tech dished out 20 assists as a team, led by junior point guard Wabissa Bede with six.
Virginia Tech returns to action on Saturday, January 4 when ACC play heats up. The Hokies will travel to Charlottesville to take on in-state rival UVA. Tipoff is scheduled for 2pm, and the game will be televised by RSN. Check your local listings.
“We need to start January off the same way,” Tyrece Radford said. “We can play even better. We haven’t played our best ball yet.”
Game Notes From Virginia Tech
Record and Notables
- Virginia Tech improves to 10-3 overall with the victory over the Hawks.
- The 92-37 win is the largest margin of victory since 2011 (Mount St. Mary’s ).
- Tech had just two turnovers, tying a school-record set in 2007 versus Wake Forest.
- The Hokies have now reached 32 straight home non-conference victories, adding to their school record.
- Tech leads the all-time series 10-0 over Maryland-Eastern Shore. The Hokies have won four straight in as many years versus the Hawks, including their 85-40 win in 2018.
- UP NEXT: The Hokies will travel to Charlottesville to take on No. 16/13 Virginia in the Commonwealth Clash presented by Virginia529 on Saturday, Jan. 4.
- Virginia Tech used the starting lineup of Wabissa Bede, Tyrece Radford, P.J. Horne, Landers Nolley II, and Nahiem Alleyne. Tech’s freshmen shined as they scored a combined 79 points.
- KEY FIRST HALF RUN: The Hokies opened the contest on a 16-2 run, following five straight points scored by Hunter Cattoor. Cattoor closed the first half with back-to-back triples capped off by a P.J. Horne dunk to give Tech a 45-22 lead at the break. Cattoor recorded 14 points in the first half while redshirt freshman Tyrece Radford added 13 of his own.
- KEY SECOND HALF RUN: Tech went on a 12-0 run to start the second half with Jalen Cone hitting a triple and Landers Nolley adding a jumper and a lay-in during that stretch. The Hokies never trailed throughout the entire game, winning 92-37.
- Landers Nolley recorded his first double-double of his career with a team-high 18 points and 10 rebounds. Hunter Cattoor scored a career-high 17 points in the victory.
- Tech’s bench scored 49 points tonight, marking the seventh game this season the bench has scored over 20 points.
- Tyrece Radford notched a career-high in two categories: points with 13 and assists with five.
- Hunter Cattoor nailed a career-high five 3-pointers versus the Hawks. Cattoor now has hit nine over his last three games.
- John Ojiako registered his career high in points with 15.
- Landers Nolley led Tech in scoring for the ninth time this season.
- Jalen Cone scored 11 points, which is his third game this season reaching double figures. Cone also grabbed a career-high four rebounds.
- Brendan Palmer, a walk-on, scored his first points of his career, making a layup with five minutes remaining in