The VMI Keydets came to call and the Hokies were ready. Coach Buzz and the Virginia Tech men’s basketball team continued their recovery from the season’s opening loss by winning, 76-52. The first half was back and forth and neither team was able to completely take over. The Hokies eventually got out to a 22-13 lead, but in the last six minutes, of the first half, VMI had a solid press and the teams entered the break tied, 29-29. In the second half the Hokies did take over, capturing the lead two minutes in and never letting go. In the second half VT significantly improved their offensive output, scoring 47 points. They paired that production with a stingy defensive performance, holding VMI to a meager 23 points.
VPI outperformed VMI in almost every facet of the game. While Virginia Tech had fewer total shots, they were much better at making the shots. The Hokies were 23-49 field goals for a 46.9% success rate. VMI was only able to muster up 19 on 74 attempts for a dreary 25.7%. The Hokies carried 6/12 three point shots, while the Keydets only made 9-33 three point attempts. Virginia Tech was all over the rebounds with 49. VMI was only able to recover 37.
Five Hokies scored into the double digits. The team, as a whole, performed nicely, predominantly in the second half. Forward, Zach LeDay, and guard, Seth Allen, had particularly stand-out performances. LeDay racked up 13 points and ten rebounds in 34 minutes of play. Off the bench Allen led the Hokies in scoring with 17 points. Center Johnny Hamilton had another fine performance adding 8 points and recovering 11 rebounds.
HOKIES WIN! @ZachLeDay32 adds another double-double with 13 pts/10 rebs in 76-52 win pic.twitter.com/fdIqI3IYjy— VT Men's Basketball (@VT_MBBall) November 22, 2015
With the win Virginia Tech improves to 2-1. VPI next faces the 0-4 North Carolina A & T Aggies.
Of note, although it did not have anything to do with the game, Coach Buzz's shirt celebrating the tenure of football HC, Frank Beamer, was an awesome gesture. Looking good coach!