Virginia Tech runs past Merrimack

Virginia Tech, who entered yesterday’s game against Merrimack just one spot out of the AP Top-25 Poll, rolled past the Warriors, 72-43, in Blacksburg. The Hokies improved to 5-0 on the season while the Warriors fell to 3-3.

Jordan Minor led Merrimack with 14 points and seven rebounds. Malik Edmead, who led the team in scoring on Friday night in a win over Lehigh, added nine points in 18 minutes off the bench.

Merrimack forced Virginia Tech into 12 turnovers, which was the second-most they have committed this season. The Warriors committed 15 turnovers themselves.

The Hokies led 34-18 at halftime and pulled away in the second half.

The Warriors struggled shooting just 8 of 23 in the first half and 19 of 49 in the game (38.8 percent). In an odd statistical twist, the Warriors did not attempt a single free throw in the game.

The game was Merrimack’s first against an ACC opponent in program history.

NEXT: The Warriors will look to rebound at home on Tuesday night against Hartford. It will be the second meeting between the programs, who last met on Nov. 24, 2019. The Warriors won that first meeting, 62-58. Jaleel Lord scored 18 points for the Warriors in that game and Juvaris Hayes added 17 points.

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