Hokies bury Maryland Eastern Shore 93-40

BLACKSBURG, VA. (AP) - Chris Clarke scored a season-best 18 points to carry Virginia Tech to a 93-40 victory over Maryland Eastern Shore on Sunday.

Clarke hit 7 of 9 from the floor, including all three of his 3-point attempts for the hot-shooting Hokies (9-1), who won their seventh straight game.

The nation's highest scoring team coming into this one (96.6 ppg), the Hokies scored more than 90 points for the seventh time this season.

Nickeil Alexander-Walker added 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting, and Ahmed Hill finished with 15, as Virginia Tech shot 54.7 percent from the floor (35 of 64) and hit 15 3-pointers.

Virginia Tech buried the Hawks (3-8) with a barrage of first-half 3s. The Hokies led just 16-15 with a little more than 12 minutes remaining in the first half before embarking on a 23-1 run to take control.

They hit six 3-pointers in that run, with Clarke, Alexander-Walker and Wabissa Bede hitting two each.

The Hokies, also the nation's best shooting team coming into this game, shot 60 percent in the first half (21 of 35) and hit 11 of 17 from beyond the arc.

The Hokies led 54-22 - their largest halftime lead this season.

Cameron Bacote led the Hawks (3-8) with 12 points. The Hawks have lost three straight and five of their past six games.

TIP-INS
UMES: The Hawks are in the midst of a brutal stretch of non-conference games.

This was the third of six straight on the road - they play 12 of their 15 non-league games on the road - and they have lost their seven road games this season by an average of 38 points per game.

They still have three straight road games before returning home for just the third time this season.

Virginia Tech: The Hokies have gotten at least 19 points from their bench in every game this season, including their victory over the Hawks.

Led by Clarke, the Hokies' bench players scored a season-best 37 points. Tech's bench is averaging 27.8 points per game this season.

UP NEXT:
UMES: The Hawks play at Creighton on Friday night.

Virginia Tech: The Hokies gear up for their biggest challenge of the season, as they travel to Kentucky for a Saturday afternoon game against the Wildcats.
 

© 2018 Associated Press


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