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Virginia Tech Tops Maryland-Eastern Shore

The Hokies open 2014-15 with a 25-point win at Cassell Coliseum.

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The Hokies began the Buzz Williams era with a starting lineup that featured two freshman, and the youth proved crucial in Tech's 71-46 win Friday over the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

Tech led 30-20 at halftime with freshman Justin Bibbs leading all scorers with nine points. Joey van Zegeren had four rebounds to lead Tech in the paint during the first period.

Bibbs kept it going in the second half of his Tech debut to score a game high 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting.

Malik Müller was right with Bibbs adding in 15 points and three rebounds. His scoring came from all over the court including 5-of-5 from the field and 2-of-2 on three point attempts.

Junior college transfer Shane Henry led the Hokies with seven rebounds. Devin Wilson had five points, six assists and three rebounds while Adam Smith chipped in seven points and three rebounds.

Tech turned the ball over just six times on the evening to 15 from UMES. The Hokies scored 30 points in the paint despite both Satchel Pierce and Joey van Zegeren fouling out in the game.

Virginia Tech returns to action Wednesday night at home against Liberty.