SCST South Carolina State Bulldogs 44
South Carolina State Bulldogs South Carolina State Overall (2-9)
ATS (0-0)
O/U (0-0)
December 09 2018
- ESPN3
VT Virginia Tech Hokies 81
Virginia Tech Hokies Virginia Tech Overall (8-1)
ATS (3-2)
O/U (3-2)
Final
Money Line Total: Spread ATS
12
South Carolina State Bulldogs OFF OFF OFF
2321
Virginia Tech Hokies OFF OFF OFF
3447
Final
Money Line Total: Spread ATS
SCST OFF OFF OFF
VT OFF OFF OFF
Recap

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Nickeil Alexander-Walker scored 19 points to lead No. 15 Virginia Tech to an 81-44 victory over South Carolina State on Sunday.

Alexander-Walker hit 8 of 11 shots, including three 3-pointers for the Hokies (8-1), who survived a cold-shooting start to get their third straight win.

For the first 15 minutes, Virginia Tech looked nothing like one of the best shooting teams in the nation. The Hokies entered the game ranked 10th nationally in field-goal percentage (51.4) and fourth in 3-point field-goal percentage (44.8), but they made just one of their first 10 shots and three of their first 20.

Virginia Tech, though, stayed consistent on defense and made 12 of 15 from the free-throw line until the Hokies could find their shot. They made seven of their final nine in the first half, most of which came on South Carolina State turnovers — they scored 13 points off 10 Bulldog turnovers — and then they buried the Bulldogs under an avalanche of 3-pointers at the start of the second half to pull away.

Virginia Tech opened the final 20 minutes with a 22-4 run in which it hit six 3-pointers. The spurt ended with two Ty Outlaw 3-pointers from the wing sandwiched around a give-and-go play between Justin Robinson and Kerry Blackshear Jr. that led to a Blackshear layup. The run pushed the Hokies' lead to 56-27 and Virginia Tech cruised.

Robinson finished with 16 points and six assists for the Hokies, who shot 62 percent (18 of 29) in the second half and 48.3 percent (28 of 58) for the game. Blackshear added 12 points and 13 rebounds.

Damani Applewhite led South Carolina State (2-9) with 10 points. The Bulldogs committed 19 turnovers and shot just 34 percent (18 of 53).

TIP-INS

Virginia Tech: The Hokies wrapped up their three-game homestand with a third straight blowout win — all by more than 20 points. The Hokies aren't the deepest team in the country, but they have exhibited incredible balance. Four players scored in double figures against South Carolina State, which marked the eighth time this season that at least four Virginia Tech players have done so.

South Carolina State: Picked to finish 10th in the MEAC, the Bulldogs appear to be in for a long season, and somehow, they need to find a way to survive their nonconference slate until conference action starts on Jan 2. They are in the middle of their check-collecting season — one in which they will have played 13 of their first 15 games on the road. Their loss to the Hokies marked their ninth defeat on the road.

UP NEXT

Virginia Tech: The Hokies take on Washington on Saturday in Atlantic City, New Jersey, as part of the Boardwalk Classic.

South Carolina State: The Bulldogs remain on the road, returning to action Tuesday when they face Liberty in Lynchburg, Virginia.

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Matchup
South Carolina State Overall
W/L 2-9
ATS 0-0
Pts For 68.5
Pts Against 76.4
Total 0-0
South Carolina State Away
W/L 0-9
ATS 0-0
Pts For 62.8
Pts Against 80.0
Total 0-0
Last 10 Games
Date Opponent Result ATS O/U
12-9
12:00 PM
at Virginia Tech L 81-44
12-6
6:30 PM
Voorhees W 90-69
12-1
5:00 PM
at Jacksonville L 71-69
11-28
6:00 PM
at Charleston L 83-70
11-25
6:30 PM
at Samford L 77-60
11-20
6:00 PM
at Purdue Fort Wayne L 72-68
11-18
1:00 PM
at Ohio State L 89-61
11-16
6:00 PM
at Cleveland State L 84-69
11-13
6:30 PM
at Charleston Southern L 89-72
11-10
3:30 PM
at Tulsa L 74-52
Avg. Points For 65.5
Avg. Points Against 78.9
ATS 0-0
Over/Under 0-0
Virginia Tech Overall
W/L 8-1
ATS 3-2
Pts For 82.0
Pts Against 57.6
Total 3-2
Virginia Tech Home
W/L 6-0
ATS 1-1
Pts For 83.2
Pts Against 52.0
Total 1-1
Last 9 Games
Date Opponent Result ATS O/U
12-9
12:00 PM
South Carolina State W 81-44
12-5
6:00 PM
Virginia Military W 89-68 L (-32) O (142.5)
12-1
4:00 PM
CCSU W 94-40
11-27
6:00 PM
at Penn State L 63-62 L (-4.5) U (140.5)
11-24
12:00 PM
St. Francis (PA) W 75-37
11-18
7:30 PM
at Purdue W 89-83 W (1) O (150)
11-16
10:00 AM
at Northeastern W 88-60 W (-6.5) O (144)
11-15
10:30 AM
Ball State W 73-64 W (-8) U (150.5)
11-9
6:00 PM
Gardner-Webb W 87-59
Avg. Points For 82.0
Avg. Points Against 57.6
ATS 3-2
Over/Under 3-2
Scoring
South Carolina State
NameMinFG3 PTFTOff RebRebAstStlBlkTOFouls+/-PTS
Damani Applewhite (F) 32:004-12 33.3%0-1 0%2-2 100%3611133-3310
Rayshawn Neal (G) 23:003-4 75%0-1 0%1-2 50%1322022-247
Ozante Fields (F) 23:002-5 40%0-0 0%1-1 100%2711112-215
Ian Kinard (F) 20:002-7 28.6%0-2 0%1-4 25%0400003-185
Fred Slater (G) 14:002-4 50%0-2 0%1-1 100%1100001-175
Dwayne Banks (G) 11:002-5 40%0-2 0%0-0 0%0100131-84
Aramani Hill (F) 22:001-3 33.3%0-0 0%1-2 50%0000023-153
Jahmari Etienne (G) 10:001-4 25%1-2 50%0-0 0%0100040-113
Janai Raynor-Powell (G) 25:001-7 14.3%0-3 0%0-0 0%1221041-182
David Bottenberg (F) 10:000-2 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%2200000-110
Allen Hatchett (G) 6:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%0000002-40
Savion Dawksins (G) 4:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%0000000-50
Lavar Harewood (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Fahmmi Mamo (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Armani Taylor (F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Virginia Tech
NameMinFG3 PTFTOff RebRebAstStlBlkTOFouls+/-PTS
Nickeil Alexander-Walker (G) 29:008-11 72.7%3-5 60%0-0 0%04441242319
Justin Robinson (G) 32:004-7 57.1%0-2 0%8-8 100%01620203116
Kerry Blackshear Jr. (F) 27:004-8 50%2-2 100%2-6 33.3%213511123112
Ahmed Hill (G) 29:003-12 25%2-7 28.6%2-2 100%45110213510
Ty Outlaw (G-F) 30:003-6 50%3-5 60%0-0 0%1611101229
P.J. Horne (F) 12:004-7 57.1%0-0 0%1-1 100%340024229
Isaiah Wilkins (G) 19:001-4 25%1-2 50%1-2 50%3312012204
Jonathan Kabongo (G) 6:001-3 33.3%0-1 0%0-0 0%011100182
Wabissa Bede (G) 16:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%0101011130
Chris Clarke (G-F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Landers Nolley II (G-F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Brendan Palmer (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Tyrece Radford (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000