Hokies beat Liberty 73-63

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It was uglier than Friday night’s win over UMES, but the Hokies did what they needed to do to beat Liberty 73-63 in Cassell Coliseum on Wednesday.  Tech is now 2-0 on the season, while the Flames dropped to 2-1.

Tech only committed six turnovers in Friday night’s win, but they had 19 against the Flames (and forced 21).  Those errors hurt an otherwise productive offensive night that saw four Hokies score in double figures.  The team shot 25-of-41 (61%) from the field and 7-of-13 (53.8%) from three-point range.

The Hokies got to the free throw line 28 times, but only managed to sink 16 shots for 57.1%.  On the bright side, Devin Wilson was 9-of-10 from the charity stripe after going 1-of-5 against UMES.

Tech had some good individual performances…

Joey van Zegeren: 17 points, 10 rebounds, 7-of-9 from the field
Devin Wilson: 13 points, 9 assists, 3 rebounds, 2 steals
Adam Smith: 13 points, 3-of-4 from three-point range, no turnovers
Justin Bibbs: 10 points, 4-of-7 from the field, 2-of-3 from three-point range

Malik Mueller added nine points, four rebounds, four assists and four steals in 29 minutes.

Buzz Williams didn’t play as many guys tonight as he did on opening night.  Shane Henry didn’t get into the game, while Will Johnston only played one minute.  Amongst the backups, here’s how the minutes shook out…

Ahmed Hill: 17
Jalen Hudson: 13
Satchel Pierce: 7
Will Johnston: 1

The Hokies were again outrebounded 31-26.  They had just 20 defensive rebounds despite the fact that Liberty missed 32 field goals and three free throws.  The Flames had a bigger overall lineup than Tech, and that is a problem that is most likely going to persist all season.

Tech returns to action on Saturday when they host Appalachian State.  Tip-off is set for 1pm, and the game will be shown online on ESPN3.

The highlights embedded below are courtesy of Niemo over at TechHoops.com.

Game Notes, courtesy Virginia Tech Sports Information

  • The Hokies have used the same starting line-ups in both games so far this season.
  • Adam Smith records his first double figure game of the season.
  • Joey van Zegeren had 17 points and 10 rebounds, his first career double-double. He is the only active Hokie with a career double-double.
  • Justin Bibbs scores in double figures in both of his first two collegiate games. The last Hokie freshman to score in double figures in each of his first two collegiate games was Robert Brown, who scored 12 points in the opener vs. ETSU and 19 points in the win over Monmouth in the 2011-12 season.
  • Malik Müller had four steals in tonight’s game. That surpasses the high for a Hokie during last season. The last Hokie with four steals in a game was Erick Green at Florida State on Feb. 16, 2012.
  • The Hokies recorded nine steals in tonight’s game. The last time the Hokies had nine steals was in the loss at Florida State on Feb. 16, 2012.
  • The Hokies shot 61.0 percent from the field for the game. The last time the Hokies shot better than 61 percent from the field in a game was on Nov. 14, 2011, when Tech shot 62.5 percent from the floor in a win over Monmouth.

Box Score (hokiesports.com)

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  1. Nice to have the highlights, but need a more professional voice on commentary. And that Huuuuurahhhhhttth (or whatever) became annoying.

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