It didn't look pretty, but the Hokies did what they had to do in a 70-52 win over the visiting Longwood Lancers Saturday. Just 44 hours after an emotional victory on the road against Maryland, Tech (13-5) didn't come out with the type of energy they had in recent games. However, a strong shooting second half surged the Hokies to their ninth win in the last 10 games.
Longwood came out ready to play in the first half jumping out to a 15-10 lead in the games first 10 minutes.. However, the Lancers would miss 10 of their final 11 shots in the half, allowing Tech to go on a 19-4 run to take a 10-point cushion into the locker room. Neither team shot the ball well in the low-scoring half, with Tech going 9-for-30 (30%) and Longwood shooting just 7-of-21 (33%).
The Lancers were able to cut the Tech deficit down to five on a jumper by Aaron Mitchell with 12:38 remaining, but LU couldn't keep pace with the Hokies down the stretch. Tech went on a 29-9 run in the next eight minutes, punctuated by a high-flying Terrell Bell dunk and Erick Green fast-break layup to push the Hokies' lead to a game-high 25. Tech would then coast down the stretch to the 18-point victory.