BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) Nickeil Alexander-Walker scored 29 points to lead Virginia Tech to a 132-93 victory over The Citadel on Sunday night.
Alexander-Walker scored 21 first-half points as The Citadel (1-1) had no answer for the 6-foot-5 forward. Coming off a 24-point game in his collegiate debut Friday night against Detroit Mercy, he hit 10 of 16 from the field against the Bulldogs, including three 3-pointers.
The Hokies (2-0) got off to a quick start against an overmatched Bulldogs squad, shredding The Citadel's press at first and then carving up its zone defense. They connected on 15 of their first 20 shots and scored 66 points in the first half after shooting 69.2 percent from the field (27 of 39).
Kerry Blackshear Jr. added 22 points, Ahmed Hill scored 20 and Justin Robinson added 19 for Virginia Tech, which shot 68.6 percent from the floor (48 of 70).
Hayden Brown and Tariq Simmons paced the Bulldogs with 22 points each.
Virginia Tech: Blackshear Jr. took a redshirt year last season while recovering from a lower leg injury, but he looks completely healthy this season. He's already surpassed his career high in points in back-to-back games and grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds to go along with eight assists against the Bulldogs.
The Citadel: The Bulldogs are going to have nights like this considering the makeup of their roster, which features no seniors and six freshmen. They may have pieces to build around in Simmons and Brown, two freshmen who looked comfortable going up against an ACC opponent.
Virginia Tech: The Hokies head to New York City to take on St. Louis at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night as part of the 2K Classic.
The Citadel: The Bulldogs square off against North Carolina A&T in Greensboro, North Carolina on Wednesday.