Virginia Tech blew out overmatched Arkansas-Pine Bluff 80-45 on Saturday afternoon. The Hokies improved to 5-3 on the season, while the Golden Lions dropped to 2-7.
The theme for Tech this year has been rebounding and free throws. That held true on Saturday, as the Hokies outrebounded Arkansas-Pine Bluff 44-26. Tech pulled down 18 offensive rebounds and had 17 second chance points.
Tech came into the game #1 in the country in free throw attempts. They went to the line a whopping 40 times, making 31 shots (77.5%). They made more free throws (31) than field goals (21).
The Hokies shot just 6-of-23 (26.1%) in the first half, but rebounded to shoot 21-of-52 (40.4%) for the game. They were 7-of-14 (50%) from three-point range.
What can the Hokies take out of a game in which they totally outclassed the opposition in terms of talent?
“A lot,” Buzz Williams said. “We have millions of miles to go to get to where we have a chance to beat a team of equal of better talent. The opponent today really wasn’t Pine Bluff, the opponent was ourself…we’ve got a lot of growing up to do and I thought there was some of that on display today.”
Five Virginia Tech players scored in double figures…
Jalen Hudson: 15 points, 5 steals
Chris Clarke: 14 points, 6 rebounds
Justin Bibbs: 13 points, 4-of-4 from 3-point range
Zach LeDay: 13 points, 10 rebounds (5th double-double)
Seth Allen: 11 points
Virginia Tech travels to Radford on Wednesday night to take on the Highlanders. Tipoff is scheduled for 7pm, and the game will not be televised. Radford is 5-3 in the season, with road wins against Georgetown and Penn State. They defeated the Hokies in Cassell Coliseum last season.