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Virginia Tech beats Washington 103-79 in 2K Classic

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UW Men's Baskebtall Coach Mike Hopkins (KOMO Photo)

NEW YORK (AP) — Justin Bibbs scored 30 points to lead Virginia Tech to a 103-79 victory over Washington in the consolation game of the 2K Classic on Friday.

Bibbs was 10 of 15 from the floor. Ahmed Hill finished with 23 points, Nickeil Alexander-Walker had 20 and Justin Robinson added 11 for the Hokies (3-1).

Jaylen Nowell scored 21 points to lead Washington (2-2), which lost its second straight. Nahziah Carter had 12 points.

Not 24 hours after Virginia Tech coach Buzz Williams publicly questioned his team's character, the Hokies were dominant in the blowout. After spotting the Huskies the first basket of the game, the Hokies would go into halftime with a 59-28 lead.

Virginia Tech made 18 of its 27 first-half shots, including 11 of 14 from behind the arc, and knocked down 12 of 14 free throws. They were just as dominant defensively. Virginia Tech forced nine first-half turnovers and limited Washington to 26.3 percent shooting from the field.

Virginia Tech shot 59 percent from the field (30 for 51) and 68.2 percent from 3-point range (15 for 22). Washington would only make 27 of 63 shots from the field (43 percent) and misfired on 13 of 18 3s.

The Hokies extended its lead to a game-high 34 in the second half.

BIG PICTURE:

Virginia Tech: The up-tempo, attacking Hokies returned to form. Mere hours after being limited to 71 points by Saint Louis, Virginia Tech equaled that output when Chris Clarke made a free throw with 13:50 remaining. Through four games, Virginia Tech is averaging 104.25 points per game.

Washington: Following Thursday night's loss to Providence, first-year coach Mike Hopkins said he saw positives. Outside of outscoring Virginia Tech 51-44 in the second half, there wasn't much for Hopkins to point toward as a foundational piece to build the program upon.

NOTABLE:

Virginia: With the win, the Hokies improved to 15-6 all-time at Madison Square Garden.

Washington: The Huskies are 0-2 all-time against Virginia Tech. Washington dropped an 88-77 decision to the Hokies on Dec. 21, 1974, in the first matchup.

UP NEXT:

Virginia: Home for Houston Baptist on Tuesday night.

Washington: Hosts Seattle University on Friday.

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