After a sluggish first half Virginia Tech shaped up in the second period to pull out a squeaker over The Citadel 64-61 Saturday in Cassell Coliseum.
The Citadel (4-6, 0-1) got a major performance from guard Ashton Moore who posted a game-high 27 points on 7-of-15 shooting from behind the 3-point line. He also managed a game-high eight rebounds in a strong effort by the Bulldogs.
The Hokies (6-4, 0-0) trailed 27-22 at the half after struggling to find a consistent scorer. Junior guard Adam Smith showed up in the second however finishing with 16 points and five rebounds. Freshman Ahmed Hill chipped in nine points and seven rebounds while Joey van Zegeren and Devin Wilson finished with 10 points and five rebounds a piece.
Tech struggled on the defensive end for much of the afternoon and in the final minutes, junior college transfer Shane Henry came off the bench to provide a big boost with two rebounds and two blocked shots.
"He plays with a high level of energy when his mind is clutter free," Hokies head coach Buzz Williams said after the game regarding Henry.
"I'm happy that he played well, I thought he was the difference for sure down the last few minutes there."
The Hokies out-rebounded The Citadel 39-35 and both teams finished with just seven turnovers.
Tech returns to action Monday against another military school when the Hokies host VMI at 7 p.m.