Tuesday, March 25, 2008


A.D. Vassallo scored 18 points as Virginia Tech came out strong and never looked back, beating UAB 75-49 in the second round of the NIT Monday.

The top-seeded Hokies (21-13), winners of seven of their last nine, will host second-seeded Mississippi at 7 p.m. Wednesday on ESPN2 for a berth in next week's semifinals at Madison Square Garden.

Two baskets by J.T. Thompson, sandwiched around a pair of free throws by Hank Thorns, gave the Hokies a 23-point edge at 53-30 with 12:24 left to play. Virginia Tech stretched it to 28 with 3:33 to play, allowing the Hokies to empty their bench.

Tech forced 16 turnovers and scored 23 points off those Blazer miscues.

Up 17-7 just three minutes into the game, the Hokies ended the first half up 36-21.

Robert Vaden finished with nine points for the Blazers (23-11). Reggie Huffman led UAB with 10.

Malcolm Delaney scored 17 and Deron Washington 16 for Virginia Tech.
Tech's Deron Washington dunks the ball over UAB players Ed Berrios (10) and Howard Crawford (35).

(Photo by Matt Gentry/The Roanoke Times)

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