BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Justin Bibbs scored 25 points to carry Virginia Tech to a 99-73 victory over Houston Baptist on Tuesday night.
The hot-shooting Bibbs connected on all seven of his first-half field-goal attempts and scored 16 points for the Hokies (3-1), who were actually in a battle for much of the first 20 minutes. But Bibbs hit 3-pointers to bookend a 10-2 run to end the half and gave the Hokies a 44-38 halftime advantage – and the lead for good.
Bibbs hit 11 of 13 from the field overall, including 3 of 5 from 3-point range. Ahmed Hill added 19 points, hitting five 3-pointers, as the Hokies shot 64 percent (32 of 50) from the field, including 16 3’s — just a game after canning 15 in a victory over Washington on Friday.
Ian Dubose led HBU (1-3) with 15 points.
Houston Baptist: The Huskies, who lost five seniors off last season’s squad that finished 17-14 overall and 12-6 in the Southland Conference, are probably counting down the days toward the start of Southland action. They fell to 0-4 against Division I competition this season and still have road games against Oklahoma State, Michigan State and Vanderbilt before Christmas.
Virginia Tech: After missing the first two games of the season while serving a suspension handed out by head coach Buzz Williams, Bibbs continued his torrid shooting. He’s now shooting 73 percent (27 of 37) from the field. The Hokies have scored at least 99 points in four of their five games this season.
Houston Baptist: The Huskies continue their season when they travel to Stillwater, Oklahoma to take on Oklahoma State on Sunday.
Virginia Tech: The Hokies return to action Saturday when they host Morehead State.
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