Blacksburg, Va. (January 2, 2011)-Virginia Tech defeated Mount St. Mary's, 99-34, in a non-conference matchup on Sunday afternoon at the Cassell Coliseum. Junior guard Lamar Trice paced the Mountaineers with 16 points in the loss.
Trice was 5-for-13 from three-point range in the game. Tayvon Jackson added six points and two rebounds off the bench while Jacolby Wells pulled down a career-high eight rebounds in the loss.
Erick Green led Virginia Tech with 17 points while Jeff Allen added 14 points, 12 rebounds, four steals, three assists and two blocks. Tyrone Garland chipped in 16 points off the bench with Manny Atkins and Malcolm Delaney each scoring 12 for the Hokies.
Virginia Tech shot 69.2 percent from the field in the game and held a 40-32 advantage on the boards. The Mount was just 9-for-53 (.170) from the floor while committing 25 turnovers in the game.
Virginia Tech (9-4) took control of the game by scoring the first seven points before Trice hit a three-pointer to make it 7-3. The Hokies continued to add to the lead, pushing the margin to 26-6 with 8:25 left in half. Virginia Tech closed the half with a 24-3 spurt to make it 50-11 at the break.
The Mount (3-12) was 4-for-24 (.167) from the field and 2-of-7 (.286) from the line in the opening half. Mount St. Mary's committed 13 turnovers, leading to 20 Virginia Tech points. The Hokies were 19-of-28 (.679) from the field in the half while holding a 21-to-12 margin on the boards.
The Hokies continued to pull away in the second half to surge to the victory.
The Mount returns to action on Thursday, January 6th, when Northeast Conference foe Saint Francis (Pa.) visits Knott Arena on campus. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m.
Game Notes... The Mountaineers are 0-5 all-time against Virginia Tech, including 0-4 at Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg, Va...This was the final non-conference game of the season for the Mountaineers, which finished 2-11 against non-conference foes...Senior Jean Cajou made his season debut, going 0-for-5 from the field with two rebounds and an assist in 13 minutes of action.