SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP)—A.D. Vassallo scored 24 points in his return to his homeland and Jeff Allen added 18 Thursday as Virginia Tech beat Fairfield 74-57 in the O’Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tip Off.
Vassallo, a native of Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, made 9 of 16 shots.
The Hokies (3-0) bolted to a 24-11 lead before Fairfield (1-2) closed to within 40-31 by halftime. The Stags later got within 51-47 with 12:38 to play, but the Hokies scored 23 of the next 29 points to clinch it.
Allen, who was 4-for-5 from 3-point territory, added eight rebounds and five blocks, and Malcolm Delaney scored 10 points, all after halftime. Victor Davila, another Puerto Rico native, had nine points in 17 minutes.
Herbie Allen scored 11 points and Anthony Johnson 10 for the Stags.