BLACKSBURG, Virginia – The University of Maine men’s basketball team opened the 2016-2017 season against Virginia Tech and fell to the Hokies 80-67 on Friday night.
Wes Myers led Maine scorers with 18 points on the night, shooting 6-for-13 from the field and also had eight rebounds in the game.
Virginia Tech’s Zach LeDay had a double-double, including a game-high 20 points and 12 rebounds. The Hokies had three other double-digit scorers: Ahmed Hill (14 points), Justin Robinson (13) and Chris Clarke (12) who was one rebound away from a double-double.
Ilker Er scored the opening points in the game with a 3-pointer, giving UMaine the lead, but Virginia Tech quickly went on a 7-0 run to take the lead and would not trail after that.
UMaine was able to tie the game on a jumper by Aaron Calixte for two of his seven points on the night, tying the game at 10-10.
Minutes later with the score 13-13, Virginia Tech opened up an 11-0 run taking a 24-13 lead and the Hokies held a 10-point margin heading into the halftime break. They shot 48.4 percent from the field in the first half compared to UMaine’s 37 percent.
Myers opened the first half with five straight points for UMaine, as Virginia Tech held a 41-34 lead with 18:32 remaining in the second half. The hosts later went on a 9-0 run and increased their lead to 51-36.
The Hokies rattled off four straight buckets in the paint before a 3-pointer by Ahmed Hill increasing their lead to 62-43 11:53 remaining.
Virginia Tech’s largest was 80-55.
The Black Bears closed out the game by going on a 12-0 run, sparked by two 3’s by Dennis Ashley, as UMaine closed the gap to 80-67.
The Black Bears continue their road trip on Sunday as they play Longwood University at 2 p.m.