Scores

Final

Morgan State 62

(22-11, 14-2 MEAC)

Virginia Tech 94

(20-13, 9-7 ACC)

7:00 PM ET, March 19, 2008

Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, Virginia

1 2 T
MORG 25 3762
VT 40 5494

Top Performers

Morgan State: M. Kately 21 Pts, 4 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl

Virginia Tech: A. Vassallo 27 Pts, 1 Reb, 3 Ast

Hokies roll, will meet UAB in second round

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) -- A.D. Vassallo made 11 of 14 field goal tries and scored 27 points in 25 minutes Wednesday night as sharp-shooting Virginia Tech made easy work of Morgan State, 94-62, in the first round of the NIT.

The Hokies (20-13) showed no letdown after being snubbed by the NCAA tournament. They led 40-25 at halftime and shot better than 65 percent for the game.

Morgan State (22-11), guaranteed a spot in the NIT as a regular season conference champion knocked out of its league tournament, trailed 21-18 before the Hokies went on a 19-7 run to close the first half. Vassallo had nine points in the burst.

Virginia Tech led by no fewer than 13 throughout the second half and advanced to a meeting with UAB in the second round. The Blazers (23-10) won 80-77 at VCU.

Marquise Kately led UAB with 21 points, Boubacar Coly had 11 and Jermaine Bolden 10, but the Bears were outrebounded 35-21 and outscored 18-5 at the free-throw line.

Deron Washington, the Hokies' only senior, added 11 points, nine rebounds and five assists, Malcolm Delaney scored 13 and Jeff Allen had 10. The Hokies starters were a combined 24-for-34 from the field and the team finished 34-for-52 (65.4 percent).

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MORG
VT
Points 62 94
FG Made-Attempted 26-60 (.433) 34-52 (.654)
3P Made-Attempted 5-21 (.238) 8-14 (.571)
FT Made-Attempted 5-12 (.417) 18-22 (.818)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (0/0) 10 (0/0)
Largest Lead 3 33

Series

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