Virginia Tech 65, Richmond 53
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP)—Zabian Dowdell scored 22 as Virginia Tech overcame a stubborn Richmond team 65-53 on Wednesday night.
The Spiders (4-9) shot out to a 17-5 lead at the 13:27 mark, hitting four 3-pointers along the way. But regular Virginia Tech backcourt starters Dowdell and Jamon Gordon entered after sitting the first five minutes to ignite a 14-2 Hokies tear that tied the score at 19-19 with 6:17 left until halftime.
Richmond did not fold, and led 29-26 at the break and by as many as seven through the first 10 minutes of the second half.
But a 13-5 run gave Virginia Tech (10-4) its first lead of the contest at 48-45 on a Dowdell 3-pointer with 8:41 to play. The bucket gave him 14 points in the second half.
A steal and layup by Dowdell fueled another 7-0 surge that put Tech up 57-48 with 4:43 left. A long 3-pointer by Brian Morris drew Richmond back to within 57-53 with 2:43 to play, but the Hokies hung on for the win.
The Spiders’ 58 percent shooting kept them in the game, as did five 3-pointers. Morris scored 17 for Richmond.
A.D. Vassallo and Coleman Collins each had 11 for Virginia Tech.
The Hokies made just 8 of 24 shots in the first half.
Richmond lost their sixth straight, while the Hokies have won six of their last seven. Virginia Tech leads the series 68-38.