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Bibbs, Blackshear Jr. help Virginia Tech blast Radford 95-68

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) The nation's second-leading scoring team certainly did little to hurt its 96.8-point average on Wednesday night.

Justin Bibbs and Kerry Blackshear Jr. scored 20 points each to carry Virginia Tech to a 95-68 victory over Radford.

Bibbs connected on 8 of 10 from the floor and hit four 3-pointers for the Hokies (8-1), who won their sixth straight game and scored at least 95 points for the sixth time in nine games. After being suspended for the first two games of the season by head coach Buzz Williams, Bibbs has returned to score in double figures in seven straight games.

Blackshear hit 4 of 6 from the floor and made all 11 of his free-throw attempts. Justin Robinson finished with 11 points and nine assists.

''I think we took the loss to St. Louis (on Nov. 16) really well,'' Robinson said. ''We never frowned upon it and got down. We turned it around right away and have building on it ever since.''

Ed Polite Jr. scored 15 points to lead Radford (4-4), which scored the first four points of the game, but then withered under the Hokies' attack. Virginia Tech, the nation's leader in field-goal percentage coming in (54.6 percent) shot 62 percent from the floor (31 of 50) against Radford.

Using its transition game and crisp ball movement, Virginia Tech got the shots it wanted. Perhaps more importantly, the Hokies committed just eight turnovers - a season low.

''This was our first game with zero, what we deem, bad shots,'' Williams said. ''It was our lowest turnover rate. I think those two things are always tied together.''

Thanks to some torrid shooting, the Hokies took control of this game within the first 15 minutes. Virginia Tech used two big runs - 14-2 and 13-2 - in that span to build a double-digit advantage and never trailed the rest of the way.

The Hokies capped their first half with back-to-back 3-pointers from Devin Wilson and Bibbs to end the first half and take a 47-30 lead. Virginia Tech shot 64 percent from the floor (16 of 25) in the first half, including 7 of 9 from beyond the 3-point arc.

''We knew coming in that we had to be able to control our emotions and the tempo of the game, and I don't think we did either,'' Radford coach Mike Jones said. ''I thought that, right from the beginning, their first 14 points, 11 of them were because of transition, so they were able to get out and do what they do best - which is push the ball in transition.

''As things continued to escalate in terms of them scoring the ball, then we kind of became unraveled. I thought we lost some of our emotional control. That started with me. Against a team like this, when you make mistakes like that, they take advantage of it.''

THE TAKEAWAY

Radford: The Highlanders were competitive in road losses at Ohio State and Vanderbilt, but they weren't much of a match for the Hokies. Radford shot a respectable percentage and held its own on the boards, losing only by four (28-24), but just wasn't big enough or athletic enough to stay with the Hokies, especially on defense.

Virginia Tech: The Hokies' future opponents would do well to keep Virginia Tech off the free-throw line. The Hokies made 25 of 31 from the line against the Highlanders and have made at least 20 free throws in eight of nine games this season. They've attempted no fewer than 23 in any game and are currently shooting 74.8 percent from the stripe.

TAKING ADVANTAGE AT THE LINE

For the second consecutive game, Blackshear attempted 11 free throws. He made 7 of 11 in the Hokies' win at Ole Miss on Saturday and made a career-best 11 Wednesday night. He is shooting almost 80 percent from the line this season after shooting 55 percent as a freshman two years ago.

''It was something I wanted to improve on in the offseason, as well as last season,'' Blackshear said. ''I know I was leaving points on the board for our team.''

UP NEXT

Radford: The Highlanders return to action Saturday when they take on Erskine.

Virginia Tech: The Hokies take on Maryland Eastern Shore on Sunday.

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Key Players
E. Polite Jr.
J. Robinson
25.9 Min. Per Game 25.9
10.3 Pts. Per Game 10.3
5.5 Ast. Per Game 5.5
2.3 Reb. Per Game 2.3
47.5 Field Goal % 43.3
11.8 Three Point % 50.0
77.1 Free Throw % 76.9
  Defensive rebound by Wabissa Bede 4.0
  Randy Phillips missed hook shot 6.0
  Defensive rebound by Randy Phillips 35.0
  Justin Ammerman missed 2nd of 2 free throws 35.0
  Justin Ammerman missed 1st of 2 free throws 35.0
  Shooting foul on Randy Phillips 35.0
+ 2 Carlik Jones made jump shot 44.0
  Defensive rebound by Randy Phillips 1:11
  P.J. Horne missed free throw 1:11
  Shooting foul on Caleb Tanner 1:11
+ 2 P.J. Horne made dunk 1:11
Team Stats
Points 68 95
Field Goals 24-55 (43.6%) 31-50 (62.0%)
3-Pointers 3-20 (15.0%) 8-15 (53.3%)
Free Throws 17-20 (85.0%) 25-31 (80.6%)
Total Rebounds 24 28
Offensive 9 7
Defensive 14 21
Team 1 0
Assists 10 12
Steals 5 6
Blocks 4 4
Turnovers 13 7
Fouls 21 17
Technicals 0 1
away team logo
24
E. Polite Jr. F
15 PTS, 8 REB, 5 AST
home team logo
10
J. Bibbs G
20 PTS
12T
away team logo Radford 4-4 303868
home team logo Virginia Tech 8-1474895
Team Stats
away team logoRadford 4-4 69.9 PPG 40.2 RPG 13.3 APG
home team logoVirginia Tech 8-1 96.2 PPG 40.4 RPG 19.9 APG
Key Players
24
E. Polite Jr. F 12.3 PPG 7.8 RPG 1.8 APG 48.8 FG%
24
K. Blackshear Jr. F 13.0 PPG 7.1 RPG 1.6 APG 66.1 FG%
Top Scorers
24
E. Polite Jr. F 15 PTS 8 REB 5 AST
24
K. Blackshear Jr. F 20 PTS 6 REB 0 AST
43.6 FG% 62.0
15.0 3PT FG% 53.3
85.0 FT% 80.6
Radford
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
E. Polite Jr. 29 15 8 5 3 2 3 3 5/9 0/3 5/7 4 4
J. Cousin 19 6 2 0 0 0 1 3 2/5 1/4 1/1 1 1
R. Phillips 18 6 6 0 0 0 2 1 2/5 0/0 2/2 0 6
C. Bradford 22 5 1 2 1 0 0 0 2/7 0/3 1/1 0 1
D. Hicks 18 0 2 0 0 0 0 4 0/3 0/1 0/0 2 0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
E. Polite Jr. 29 15 8 5 3 2 3 3 5/9 0/3 5/7 4 4
J. Cousin 19 6 2 0 0 0 1 3 2/5 1/4 1/1 1 1
R. Phillips 18 6 6 0 0 0 2 1 2/5 0/0 2/2 0 6
C. Bradford 22 5 1 2 1 0 0 0 2/7 0/3 1/1 0 1
D. Hicks 18 0 2 0 0 0 0 4 0/3 0/1 0/0 2 0
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
C. Tanner 18 10 0 1 1 0 1 1 2/5 2/5 4/4 0 0
D. Holland 17 9 0 0 0 2 2 5 4/5 0/0 1/1 0 0
C. Jones 27 9 3 1 0 0 2 1 3/8 0/2 3/4 1 2
D. Bolstad 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 1/1 0/0 0/0 1 0
T. Owens 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 0
D. Cooper 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 0
L. Butts IV 8 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
A. Saunders 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
J. Caldwell - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 185 68 23 10 5 4 13 21 24/55 3/20 17/20 9 14
Virginia Tech
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Bibbs 30 20 0 0 1 0 0 0 8/10 4/5 0/0 0 0
K. Blackshear Jr. 26 20 6 0 0 2 1 3 4/6 1/1 11/11 2 4
J. Robinson 30 11 3 9 1 0 4 3 5/6 0/0 1/2 2 1
A. Hill 31 9 5 1 0 0 2 1 3/6 1/4 2/2 1 4
N. Alexander-Walker 20 9 3 0 1 0 0 3 1/3 0/0 7/9 0 3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Bibbs 30 20 0 0 1 0 0 0 8/10 4/5 0/0 0 0
K. Blackshear Jr. 26 20 6 0 0 2 1 3 4/6 1/1 11/11 2 4
J. Robinson 30 11 3 9 1 0 4 3 5/6 0/0 1/2 2 1
A. Hill 31 9 5 1 0 0 2 1 3/6 1/4 2/2 1 4
N. Alexander-Walker 20 9 3 0 1 0 0 3 1/3 0/0 7/9 0 3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
T. Jackson 8 6 0 0 1 0 0 2 2/4 0/1 2/2 0 0
W. Bede 10 6 1 0 0 0 0 3 3/5 0/1 0/0 0 1
C. Clarke 24 5 2 2 1 1 0 0 1/2 1/1 2/2 0 2
D. Wilson 12 5 6 0 1 0 0 1 2/3 1/2 0/0 1 5
P. Horne 7 4 2 0 0 1 0 1 2/5 0/0 0/1 1 1
N. Fullard 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
J. Ammerman 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/2 0 0
Total 200 95 28 12 6 4 7 17 31/50 8/15 25/31 7 21