From the tip-off, there was never any doubt. The #10 Hokies cruised to their 11th win of the season in dominating fashion against Maryland-Eastern Shore, 85-40.
The Hokies started the game hot, going on an 11-4 run. They never looked back, as they took a 50-22 lead into the locker room at halftime.
The only competition Virginia Tech faced all night was the spread, as they were favored by 39 points. Of course, they won that matchup too, outscoring the Hawks by 45.
The Hokies played this game without star guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker, who was out with a right ankle sprain he suffered in practice this week. This allowed fellow sophomore Wabissa Bede to start and play the most minutes on the team.
Bede had arguably the best game of his career, going 5-6 from the field, including 4-4 from behind the arc. He finished with 14 points, seven rebounds, and six assists. The rebound and assists totals both lead the team.
Justin Robinson had his lowest scoring output of the season, scoring just eight points on only three attempts. However, the team didn’t need a strong scoring output from him, and he found more comfort in distributing the ball.
Ahmed Hill led the Hokies in scoring with 20 points. He thrived off open looks forced from Bede and Robinson and was hot the whole game. He finished 7-10 from the field and 6-9 from the three-point line.
Kerry Blackshear also had a nice game, finishing with 15 points and six rebounds. Most importantly, Blackshear stayed out of foul trouble, finishing with only two fouls. It took him 34 minutes to get his second foul when fans are usually used to him getting it in the first half.
PJ Horne earned another start and showed his effectiveness, scoring 11 points on perfect shooting with six rebounds.
Every player who set foot on the floor for the Hokies scored at least five points.
Leading the way for the Hawks was Dontae Caldwell, who scored 10 points off the bench.
This game was also special because it was the annual “Buzz’s Bunch” game. According to Coach Buzz Williams, 258 tickets were given to children with special needs in the area and their families. Williams’ friends were given a show from the Hokies tonight.
The Hokies finish non-conference play at 11-1 and will look to start ACC play on a high note against Notre Dame. The Irish will be in Blacksburg on New Year’s Day at 1:00 pm on ESPNU.