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Virginia Tech basketball: Hokies take care of Wofford with a 98-76 win

Mike Young picks up a win over his old team.

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The Virginia Tech Hokies moved to 3-1 on the season Sunday night with a 98-76 win over the Wofford Terriers in Blacksburg. It was head coach Mike Young’s first game against his former team.

The Hokies were led by senior center Lynn Kidd, who had another outstanding game. Kidd finished with 20 points, seven rebounds and three assists. It was Kidd’s second consecutive game of scoring 20 points or more, and he has scored in double figures in all four games. Kidd is now averaging 17.5 points and 9.8 rebounds per game, and his breakout campaign is being noticed.

Junior guard Sean Pedulla scored 19 for the Hokies without attempting one 3-pointer, which is odd for Pedulla. While Pedulla wasn’t shooting from downtown, the rest of the team, specifically Hunter Cattoor, were. Cattoor scored 17, hitting four of seven from beyond the arc.

As a team, Tech made 10 of 20 from 3-point range and shot 57% as a team from the field. It was an encouraging shooting performance after the Hokies struggled from the field in last week’s closer-than-anticipated win over Campbell.

Virginia Tech’s defense was excellent against the Fighting Camels last week, but Wofford found more success. The Terriers made 13 of 31 from beyond the arc but only 42% overall from the field.

Sophomore wing Tyler Nickel returned after missing last week’s game with an illness. Nickel scored 14 off the bench in 23 minutes of action, making all three of his 3-point attempts.

Next up for the Hokies is a trip to Orlando for the ESPN Events Invitation, where they’ll play Boise State on Thanksgiving. Tech will play either VCU or Iowa State on Friday. Teams on the other side of the eight-team bracket include Texas A&M and Buzz Williams, Butler, Florida Atlantic and Penn State.

Should be a fun weekend.