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Hill leads No. 13 Hokies in rout of St. Francis

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) Ahmed Hill and No. 13 Virginia Tech knew their strong finish to the first half wasn't going to be enough to satisfy coach Buzz Williams.

The Hokies got the message at halftime and quickly pulled away from the Red Flash for a 75-37 victory on Saturday.

''Buzz came in and got on us for not playing hard, (not) playing our style of ball,'' said Hill, who finished with 19 points. ''The group that came out to start, we wanted to make a statement by coming out, playing hard, getting in transition and I think that's what we did. We started playing for one another and just upped the tempo of the game.''

The Hokies (5-0) led 23-20 when a 3-pointer by Ty Outlaw sparked a 10-2 run to end the first half. Nickeil Alexander-Walker made another 3-pointer right after halftime, one of 14 for Virginia Tech, and two 3s and a basket from Hill and a three-point play by Justin Robinson pushed the lead to 47-26.

Outlaw finished with 15 points, all on 3-pointers. Alexander-Walker scored 11 for the Hokies, and Robinson had 10 points and seven assists.

Williams said he got on his team at the break for allowing 10 offensive rebounds.

''I got lost in the numbers would be what I'd say about what I said at halftime,'' he said.

Myles Thompson led the Red Flash (1-4) with 14 points. St. Francis shot just 25.9 percent (15 for 58) and committed 22 turnovers.

''We challenged our guys in a couple of areas and one of them was how we finished the first half and how we started the second half,'' Red Flash coach Rob Krimmel said.

Krimmel was pleased with a 7-0 run that pulled them to 23-20, but ''the start of the second half, I think ultimately, when we look at it, is when we let that game slip away.''

''We've now played I think 10 halves of basketball and that was by far our worst half,'' he said.

The Red Flash went nearly eight minutes without a point in the second half as the Hokies scored 15 straight to open a 62-30 lead.

BIG PICTURE

St. Francis: The Red Flash are the preseason favorites in the Northeast Conference with 93 percent of their scoring back from last season, and they are preparing for conference play with a tough early schedule. The Hokies were the third straight ranked team to beat the Red Flash this season - they also lost to 95-58 to No. 17 UCLA and 101-76 to No. 7 North Carolina - and they've now lost 50 games in a row against ranked opponents since they beat a ranked St. Bonaventure team 92-81 on Jan. 25, 1959.

Virginia Tech: One of the Hokies' weaknesses in recent seasons has been on the defensive end. That appears to have improved early in the season. They held teams to 66.5 points and 46.1 percent shooting in their first four games. Those numbers only got better against the Red Flash.

''I think we're starting to figure things out,'' Williams said.

UP NEXT

St. Francis: The Red Flash return home to face Bloomsburg on Tuesday night.

Virginia Tech: The Hokies head back on the road to face Penn State in their first true road game in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Tuesday night.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Defensive rebound by Isaiah Wilkins 19.0
  A.J. Labriola missed 3-pt. jump shot 21.0
  Offensive rebound by St. Francis (Pa.) 27.0
  Randall Gaskins Jr. missed jump shot 29.0
+ 2 Isaiah Wilkins made layup 39.0
  Offensive rebound by Isaiah Wilkins 55.0
  Wabissa Bede missed 3-pt. jump shot 57.0
  Defensive rebound by Isaiah Wilkins 1:03
  Randall Gaskins Jr. missed jump shot 1:05
+ 3 Ty Outlaw made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Wabissa Bede 1:12
  Defensive rebound by Isaiah Wilkins 1:19
Team Stats
Points 37 75
Field Goals 15-58 (25.9%) 27-57 (47.4%)
3-Pointers 4-22 (18.2%) 14-31 (45.2%)
Free Throws 3-3 (100.0%) 7-9 (77.8%)
Total Rebounds 37 35
Offensive 13 7
Defensive 20 25
Team 4 3
Assists 6 20
Steals 6 7
Blocks 2 3
Turnovers 21 14
Fouls 15 10
Technicals 0 0
14 PTS, 7 REB
19 PTS, 1 AST
12T
away team logo St. Fran.-Pa. 1-4 221537
home team logo 13 Virginia Tech 5-0 334275
Team Stats
away team logo St. Fran.-Pa. 1-4 76.3 PPG 40.9 RPG 12.5 APG
home team logo 13 Virginia Tech 5-0 73.5 PPG 35.6 RPG 15.2 APG
Key Players
5
M. Thompson F 5.6 PPG 3.4 RPG 0.4 APG 42.1 FG%
13
A. Hill G 13.1 PPG 3.9 RPG 1.3 APG 44.3 FG%
Top Scorers
M. Thompson F 14 PTS 7 REB 0 AST
A. Hill G 19 PTS 0 REB 1 AST
25.9 FG% 47.4
18.2 3PT FG% 45.2
100.0 FT% 77.8
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Thompson 14 7 0 6/10 2/4 0/0 1 26 0 0 2 4 3
K. Braxton 8 5 1 3/8 0/4 2/2 3 30 0 2 3 0 5
A. Wolford 3 0 1 1/7 1/4 0/0 1 23 0 0 2 0 0
J. King 2 1 1 1/8 0/2 0/0 2 27 3 0 3 0 1
L. Laporal 2 8 0 1/3 0/0 0/0 2 19 1 0 2 4 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Thompson 14 7 0 6/10 2/4 0/0 1 26 0 0 2 4 3
K. Braxton 8 5 1 3/8 0/4 2/2 3 30 0 2 3 0 5
A. Wolford 3 0 1 1/7 1/4 0/0 1 23 0 0 2 0 0
J. King 2 1 1 1/8 0/2 0/0 2 27 3 0 3 0 1
L. Laporal 2 8 0 1/3 0/0 0/0 2 19 1 0 2 4 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
I. Blackmon 3 4 1 1/12 1/6 0/0 3 21 0 0 0 2 2
R. Dixon-Conover 3 1 0 1/2 0/0 1/1 1 5 1 0 4 1 0
D. Kuzavas 2 4 1 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 13 1 0 2 1 3
J. Forehand 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
R. Gaskins Jr. 0 2 1 0/4 0/0 0/0 1 17 0 0 2 0 2
M. Flagg 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 6 0 0 0 1 0
D. Henry 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
P. Ikediashi 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 7 0 0 1 0 0
A. Labriola 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
M. Klebon - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Meredith - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Vallien - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Laskey - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 37 33 6 15/58 4/22 3/3 15 200 6 2 21 13 20
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Hill 19 0 1 7/11 5/6 0/0 0 33 0 0 0 0 0
N. Alexander-Walker 11 4 4 3/7 2/5 3/4 1 30 2 1 1 0 4
J. Robinson 10 2 7 4/8 1/3 1/1 0 31 2 0 2 0 2
K. Blackshear Jr. 4 5 0 2/7 0/1 0/0 4 20 1 1 4 0 5
W. Bede 0 2 3 0/4 0/3 0/0 0 24 0 0 2 0 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Hill 19 0 1 7/11 5/6 0/0 0 33 0 0 0 0 0
N. Alexander-Walker 11 4 4 3/7 2/5 3/4 1 30 2 1 1 0 4
J. Robinson 10 2 7 4/8 1/3 1/1 0 31 2 0 2 0 2
K. Blackshear Jr. 4 5 0 2/7 0/1 0/0 4 20 1 1 4 0 5
W. Bede 0 2 3 0/4 0/3 0/0 0 24 0 0 2 0 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Outlaw 15 7 1 5/9 5/9 0/0 1 24 1 1 2 1 6
P. Horne 8 4 3 4/6 0/1 0/0 1 20 1 0 1 3 1
I. Wilkins 8 8 1 2/4 1/2 3/4 2 13 0 0 2 3 5
J. Kabongo 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 1 5 0 0 0 0 0
C. Clarke - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Nolley II - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Radford - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Palmer - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 75 32 20 27/57 14/31 7/9 10 200 7 3 14 7 25