LeDay’s big game lifts Virginia Tech over UMES 75-59

Virginia Tech head coach Buzz Williams signals to his players from the bench during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Maryland-Eastern Shore, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016 in Blacksburg. Va. (Matt Gentry/The Roanoke Times via AP)

By JIMMY ROBERTSON
Associated Press

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) – Zach LeDay scored 23 points to carry Virginia Tech to a 75-59 victory over Maryland-Eastern Shore on Wednesday night.

Coming off the bench as he has all season, LeDay hit 7 of 10 shots from the floor and all 10 of his free throws for the Hokies (7-1), who are off to their best start since opening the 2012-13 season with a 7-0 mark.

The Hokies led UMES (1-8) by as many as 27 points, but the Hawks scored on 10 of 13 possessions during one stretch in the second half and cut the lead to 54-45 on Ryan Andino’s 3-pointer with 7:57 remaining

But LeDay had the answers for the Hokies. He connected on back-to-back 3-point plays to push the lead back into double figures, and the Hokies weren’t threatened again.

Andino, who hit seven 3-pointers, scored 17 of his 23 points in the second half to lead the Hawks