National Basketball Association
Virginia Tech 73, Gardner-Webb 46
When: 1:30 PM ET, Sunday, December 15, 2019
Where: Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, Virginia
Officials: # Jamie Luckie, # Ron Groover, # Tommy Morrissey
Attendance: 9275

Landers Nolley scored a game-high 18 points Sunday as Virginia Tech cruised to a 73-46 nonconference win over Gardner-Webb at Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg, Va.

Isaiah Wilkins chipped in 13 and Hunter Cattoor came off the bench to add 11 points for the Hokies (8-3). Tech shot just 43.9 percent from the field, but was effective from the 3-point line, drilling 13 of 32. Its bench also outscored the Bulldogs' reserves 34-0.

Jaheam Cornwall paced Gardner-Webb (3-8) with 14 points, while Jose Perez added 12. Eric Jamison and Ludovic Dufeal each tallied 10 points. They were the only four Bulldogs to score in the game.

Gardner-Webb couldn't crack the code consistently against the Hokies' defense, converting just 29.1 percent from the field and only 7 of 28 on 3-pointers. Tech also carved out a 42-34 advantage on the boards and a 12-1 margin in points off turnovers.

The Hokies opened the second half with an 11-3 burst, establishing a 45-27 advantage when Nolley took a Wabissa Bede pass and drained a 3-pointer with 14:18 left. The margin kept growing from there, staying in the 20s for most of the final 13 minutes.

After needing to rally in the final five minutes Wednesday night to beat Chattanooga, Virginia Tech never trailed in this one. The Hokies started with an 11-4 run, and after Gardner-Webb scored the next seven points to tie it, Tech took charge.

It went on an 11-0 spurt over less than three minutes, capping it when Cattoor turned his steal into a layup for a 22-11 advantage at the 10:24 mark. The lead stayed between six and 11 points for the half's remainder, with the Hokies taking a 34-24 cushion into halftime.

The Bulldogs hurt their chances with subpar shooting. They made only 9 of 27 from the field before the break, including a miserable 3 of 12 from the 3-point line. By contrast, Tech canned a solid 48 percent from the floor and was 5 of 14 on triples.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Gardner-Webb   Virginia Tech
Jaheam Cornwall 14 Scoring Landers Nolley II 18
Christian Turner 8 Assists Wabissa Bede 5
Jose Perez 9 Rebounds Tyrece Radford 10
Jaheam Cornwall 2 Free Throws Made Isaiah Wilkins 3
Ludovic Dufeal 1 Steals Hunter Cattoor 3
Ludovic Dufeal 3 Blocks N/A
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Gardner-Webb 46 29.1 7-28 7-16 12 33 4 3 11
Virginia Tech 73 43.9 13-32 10-15 15 41 0 7 9