Virginia Tech easily dispatched Presbyterian in Cassell Coliseum on Saturday night, beating the Blue Hose 87-65. Tech improved to 8-4 with the win, while Presbyterian dropped to 4-9. The Hokies will now begin the toughest portion of their schedule: a road trip to West Virginia followed by 18 ACC regular season games.
Tech’s victory was slow and steady, as the Hokies outscored the Blue Hose by 13 in the first half and nine in the second half. Five VT players scored in double figures…
Ahmed Hill: 18 points, 6 rebounds, 8 of 11 from the FT line
Jalen Hudson: 15 points, 6 of 8 from the field
Adam Smith: 14 points, 7 rebounds, 4 of 4 from three-point range
Justin Bibbs: 13 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists
Joey van Zegeren: 13 points
The Hokies shot 53.6% from the field, and they were 8-of-15 (53.3%) from the three-point line. They were 11-of-12 from the free throw line in the first half, though they had a rough second half to finish 19-of-27 (70.4%).
Tech outrebounded Presbyterian 38-30 and limited the Blue Hose to 41.7% from the field and 26.7% from three-point range.
Other notes provided by Virginia Tech…
1: Jalen Hudson scored 15 points tonight, his second consecutive double-figures scoring game. He has scored 35 points in the last three game after scoring just 40 points in the first nine games.
2: The Hokies had three freshmen record double-figures (Ahmed Hill 18, Jalen Hudson 15 and Justin Bibbs 13), the second time this season that Tech has achieved that mark.
3: The Hokies placed five players scoring in double figures for the second consecutive game.
4: The Hokies have scored 80-or-more points in back-to-back games for the first time since Nov. 29 and Dec. 3, 2013.
The Hokies return to action on Tuesday when they travel to Morgantown to take on West Virginia. Tipoff is scheduled for 2pm, and the game will be televised by ESPNU.
Below are highlights from the win over Presbyterian provided by Niemo of TechHoops.com.