Virginia Tech knocks out Wofford 98-76
Virginia Tech defeated Wofford 98-76 on Sunday, finally getting settled on the offensive end.
The Hokies have struggled with their stroke the last two games, but Sunday offered a refreshing 57% from the floor and 50% from deep.
Mike Young’s former Wofford Terriers played a tough 20 minutes through the first half, holding the game within 10. It was clear that Young had a huge influence on the team during his tenure, as both teams on the floor looked eerily similar.
Once the second half started, VT ran and didn’t look back. Sean Pedulla had five buckets in the first five minutes to bump the Hokies up 15, and it only went up from there.
Pedulla was incredibly aggressive, snatching points wherever he could. He repeatedly pushed through the lane and weaved around Wofford’s defenders. He attacked the rim for 19 points and got the team fired up, especially in the early minutes.
“The ball was moving. It was off the floor. Screening angles were better. We had multiple turning down a good shot for a great shot,” said Head Coach Mike Young.
Hunter Cattoor kept raining them in, dropping four through the net for 17 points. He’s now just two three-pointers from tying A.D. Vassallo for the most as a Hokie. Cattoor will have a chance to break the record on Thanksgiving in his hometown of Orlando at the ESPN Events Invitational.
Tyler Nickel finally had his game as a Hokie. The UNC transfer splashed three from deep and hit five free throws. It was clear Nickel was feeling good after missing the last game due to illness. With Nickel adapting to the group so quickly, look for him to be a big scorer on the wing this season. He has an immense level of talent to add to this team, he’s sure to elevate the group.
Lynn Kidd followed up his gigantic performance against Campbell with another great outing. The 6’10” center had 20 and 7, fighting hard in the paint for every bucket. Wofford’s 6’9” 250lb center Kyler Filewich certainly gave him a tough time in the post, but Kidd powered through with finesse. His hook shot and spins were great alternatives when he couldn’t back down Filewich.
“I admire the progress that [Kidd] has made. He’s worked really hard to put himself in this position,” said Young. “I’m not surprised, I am elated for our team, I’m elated for him. They’re doing it night in and night out.”
Virginia Tech will head to Orlando on Thursday to fight Boise State at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Tipoff is at 8 p.m. They’ll then play Iowa State or VCU on Friday, with game time still unannounced.