Virginia Tech 94, Coppin St. 43
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP)—Zabian Dowdell scored 16 points, A.D. Vassallo had 15 and Virginia Tech scored enough points in the first half to beat Coppin State on Friday night, winning 94-43 in the season opener for both teams.
The Hokies led 44-14 at halftime. Deron Washington added 12 points, Coleman Collins had 11 and 10 rebounds and Jamon Gordon scored 10. Eleven Hokies scored, but Gordon said that with all the Hokies did well, there was also plenty of room for improvement.
“We can definitely get a lot better on defense,” Gordon said.
The Eagles trailed 16-2 after 6:40, shot 28 percent (14-for-50) and were outrebounded 51-32. Tywain McKee led Coppin State with 10 points and Darryl Roberts scored eight.
The Hokies hit eight of their 12 3-pointers in the first half while limiting the Eagles to just four field goals. Virginia Tech finished 12-for-29 on 3-pointers.
The game marked the debut of several Hokies, including point guard Nigel Munson. He hit three 3-pointers in four tries and finished with nine points and four assists.
“Nigel’s the truth,” Gordon said. “You better write it down. Before he leaves here, he’s going to break some records. He’s the best point guard on the team.”
The Hokies shot almost 49 percent and had 23 assists on 35 baskets.
“The thing I’m most pleased about is how unselfish we were,” coach Seth Greenberg said. “This just has to be the starting point. Our guys have to understand how hard we have to work.”
Eagles coach Ron Mitchell was duly impressed by the Hokies.
“They were very patient and moved the ball, made the extra pass,” he said. “We gave up just too many easy baskets, fast break baskets, second shot baskets.”