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Virginia Tech overpowers North Carolina A&T for a 76-59 win

BLACKBURG, Va. (AP) Ahmed Hill led a balanced attack with 14 points as Virginia Tech beat an overmatched North Carolina A&T squad 76-59 on Thursday.

The Hokies' early dominance in the paint, a 19-6 points off turnovers edge and poor shooting by North Carolina A&T doomed the visitors. ''The way we play leads to wide open shots,'' said Hill.

''Poor shooting led to a lot of opportunities for them,'' Aggies coach Jay Joyner said. ''We didn't get the job done offensively in the first half. ... You can't spot an ACC opponent (a big lead) and think you're going to have a successful day.''

PJ Horne added 10 for Tech and Nickeil Alexander-Walker grabbed eight rebounds.

Hokies coach Buzz Williams liked his team's effort but said, looking ahead to Atlantic Coast Conference play, ''We've got a long way to go.''

A 10-0 run midway through the first half gave the Hokies (11-2) a lead they never relinquished after trading baskets with the Aggies early on. A&T (6-8) shot just 24 percent from the field before the break.

For the game Tech shot 49 percent while North Carolina A&T climbed up to 37 percent. The Hokies also boasted a 33 to 14 advantage in bench scoring and led by as many as 23 points in the second half.

''I really like the versatility of the pieces,'' Williams said of his roster, although the floor rotation is bound to shrink somewhat now that non-conference play is over.

''We're a great offensive team right now,'' Hill said about his team leading the nation in field goal percentage, ''but we've got some things to improve on defense.''

Femi Olujobi led the Aggies with 21 points and Davaris McGowens chipped in with 12.

''We focused on the main players (defensively) they had,'' Horne said.

BIG PICTURE

North Carolina A&T: The Aggies are not afraid to play up. The Aggies faced off against their fifth Atlantic Coast Conference team over the past three seasons; that includes Clemson earlier this season.

Virginia Tech: The Hokies is 9-1 in its last 10 games, the only loss coming on the road at Kentucky on December 16.

TIP-INS

Virginia Tech is now 31-0 against the teams currently in the MEAC, including a 6-0 mark against North Carolina A&T. ... Olijubi led the nation in scoring after the first four games of the season (29.4) but has now slipped toward the bottom of the Top 20.

THEY SAID IT

Looking ahead to the Virginia game in Blacksburg next Wednesday, Hokies head coach Buzz Williams called his counterpart at UVA - Tony Bennett - ''a future Hall of Famer.'' As for Sunday's game: ''we've had less success against Syracuse then we've had against Virginia. The next three days (of preparation) will be very important.''

UP NEXT

North Carolina A&T starts its MEAC schedule by hosting Norfolk State on Jan. 6.

Virginia Tech is at Syracuse for a New Year's Eve game.

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Key Players
F. Olujobi
J. Robinson
27.2 Min. Per Game 27.2
10.7 Pts. Per Game 10.7
6.1 Ast. Per Game 6.1
2.6 Reb. Per Game 2.6
57.3 Field Goal % 44.2
43.8 Three Point % 43.3
81.4 Free Throw % 78.3
  Defensive rebound by Wabissa Bede 8.0
  Femi Olujobi missed 3-pt. jump shot 10.0
+ 1 Justin Ammerman made 2nd of 2 free throws 24.0
  Justin Ammerman missed 1st of 2 free throws 24.0
  Shooting foul on Femi Olujobi 24.0
+ 1 Japhet Kadji made 2nd of 2 free throws 37.0
+ 1 Japhet Kadji made 1st of 2 free throws 37.0
  Shooting foul on P.J. Horne 37.0
  Defensive rebound by Davaris McGowens 45.0
  Tyrie Jackson missed 2nd of 2 free throws 45.0
+ 1 Tyrie Jackson made 1st of 2 free throws 45.0
Team Stats
Points 59 76
Field Goals 23-62 (37.1%) 29-59 (49.2%)
3-Pointers 6-24 (25.0%) 6-23 (26.1%)
Free Throws 7-7 (100.0%) 12-15 (80.0%)
Total Rebounds 30 39
Offensive 5 6
Defensive 22 30
Team 3 3
Assists 13 12
Steals 3 5
Blocks 5 2
Turnovers 10 10
Fouls 12 9
Technicals 0 1
21 PTS, 4 REB
14 PTS, 3 REB
12T
away team logo N.C. A&T 7-8 203959
home team logo Va. Tech 11-2 383876
Team Stats
away team logo N.C. A&T 7-8 70.0 PPG 36.5 RPG 14.1 APG
home team logo Va. Tech 11-2 73.5 PPG 35.6 RPG 15.2 APG
Key Players
00
F. Olujobi F PPG RPG APG FG%
13
A. Hill G 13.1 PPG 3.9 RPG 1.3 APG 44.3 FG%
Top Scorers
F. Olujobi F 21 PTS 4 REB 0 AST
A. Hill G 14 PTS 3 REB 0 AST
37.1 FG% 49.2
25.0 3PT FG% 26.1
100.0 FT% 80.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
F. Olujobi 21 4 0 7/13 4/5 3/3 2 38 2 2 1 0 4
D. McGowens 12 2 0 6/7 0/0 0/0 1 24 1 1 0 0 2
K. Langley 6 6 6 2/5 0/1 2/2 4 33 0 0 4 2 4
D. Boykins 4 4 2 2/10 0/7 0/0 0 36 0 1 1 0 4
A. Edmead 2 2 2 1/11 0/4 0/0 0 12 0 0 1 0 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
F. Olujobi 21 4 0 7/13 4/5 3/3 2 38 2 2 1 0 4
D. McGowens 12 2 0 6/7 0/0 0/0 1 24 1 1 0 0 2
K. Langley 6 6 6 2/5 0/1 2/2 4 33 0 0 4 2 4
D. Boykins 4 4 2 2/10 0/7 0/0 0 36 0 1 1 0 4
A. Edmead 2 2 2 1/11 0/4 0/0 0 12 0 0 1 0 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Kadji 9 3 1 3/7 1/4 2/2 1 12 0 0 0 0 3
M. Gantz 3 1 0 1/6 1/3 0/0 0 15 0 0 1 0 1
D. Keyes 2 3 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 2 20 0 1 0 2 1
A. Hamilton 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
R. Pratt 0 1 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 2 4 0 0 1 1 0
K. Lartey 0 1 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 1 0 1
A. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Dotson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Watson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Patten - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 59 27 13 23/62 6/24 7/7 12 200 3 5 10 5 22
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Hill 14 3 0 5/9 4/7 0/0 1 26 0 0 1 0 3
J. Bibbs 9 3 2 3/6 1/3 2/2 0 24 0 0 0 0 3
K. Blackshear Jr. 8 5 4 4/7 0/2 0/0 1 25 0 0 0 2 3
J. Robinson 7 4 3 3/5 0/1 1/1 1 26 0 0 3 1 3
N. Alexander-Walker 5 8 0 2/9 1/4 0/0 1 20 1 1 2 0 8
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Hill 14 3 0 5/9 4/7 0/0 1 26 0 0 1 0 3
J. Bibbs 9 3 2 3/6 1/3 2/2 0 24 0 0 0 0 3
K. Blackshear Jr. 8 5 4 4/7 0/2 0/0 1 25 0 0 0 2 3
J. Robinson 7 4 3 3/5 0/1 1/1 1 26 0 0 3 1 3
N. Alexander-Walker 5 8 0 2/9 1/4 0/0 1 20 1 1 2 0 8
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
P. Horne 10 4 0 3/4 0/1 4/4 1 15 0 1 2 2 2
C. Clarke 8 5 3 4/7 0/2 0/0 1 24 3 0 1 0 5
T. Jackson 8 1 0 2/3 0/1 4/6 1 10 0 0 0 0 1
D. Wilson 6 2 0 3/6 0/2 0/0 1 17 1 0 1 1 1
J. Ammerman 1 0 0 0/0 0/0 1/2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
N. Fullard 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
W. Bede 0 1 0 0/3 0/0 0/0 0 11 0 0 0 0 1
Total 76 36 12 29/59 6/23 12/15 9 200 5 2 10 6 30