BLACKSBURG, Va. — Ahmed Hill scored 20 points and No. 10 Virginia Tech hammered Maryland-Eastern Shore 85-40 in a college basketball game here at Cassell Coliseum on Friday night.
Four Virginia Tech players scored in double figures, as the Hokies (11-1), shot almost 66 percent en route to their sixth consecutive victory, despite playing without leading scorer Nickeil Alexander-Walker, who missed the game because of a sprained right ankle.
Hill made 6 of 9 shots from 3-point range and went 7 of 10 overall from the floor for the Hokies, who led 50-22 at halftime as the team scored season-high for first-half points.
Kerry Blackshear Jr. added 15 points with six rebounds, Wabissa Bede buried all four of his 3-point attempts when collecting 14 points, seven rebounds and six assists and P.J. Horne ended with 11 points for Virginia Tech, which shot nearly 54 percent (14 for 26) from long-range.
Dontae Caldwell was the only Maryland-Eastern Shore player to score in double-figures with10 points.
The Hawks (1-13), who play in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, have now lost eight in a row, and they struggle again to get going on offense Friday night.
Maryland-Eastern Shore shot 29.5 percent from the field on 13 of 44 shooting, while going just 6 for 24 from long-range.
Virginia Tech continues to improve on its best start to a season in 100 years and set a school record with a 24th consecutive home victory in nonconference play.
The Hokies improved to 9-0 all-time against Maryland-Eastern Shore with all eight games played in Blacksburg.
Maryland-Eastern Shore Leaders: Dontae Caldwell 10 PTS); Canaan Bartley 8 REB); Bryan Urrutia 5 AST);
Virginia Tech Leaders: Ahmed Hill 20 PTS); Wabissa Bede 7 REB); Wabissa Bede 6 AST);