BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) -- Jalen Hudson scored 15 points to lead Virginia Tech to an 80-45 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday.
Hudson hit 3 of 4 from the floor, including two 3-pointers, and 7 of 11 from the Hokies (5-3), who had five players in double figures for the second time this season. Chris Clarke added 14 points, while Justin Bibbs and Zach LeDay chipped in 13. Seth Allen had 11.
Virginia Tech opened the game with a 23-2 run. Arkansas-Pine Bluff's Ghiavonni Robinson scored on a layup with 17:43 left in the first half, but the Golden Lions then went nearly eight minutes without scoring, and the Hokies reeled off 18 straight points. UAPB went more than nine minutes without hitting a field goal from the floor.
Neither team shot very well from the floor in the first half. The Hokies shot just 26.1 percent (6 of 23), while Arkansas-Pine Bluff shot 11.5 percent (3 of 26). But Virginia Tech took advantage at the free-throw line to lead by as many as 25, hitting 22 of 30 and grabbing a 37-16 lead. The two teams combined for 32 fouls and 45 free throws in the first 30 minutes.
Overall, the Hokies took advantage of a large disparity at the free-throw line, making 31 of 40. Arkansas-Pine Bluff made 11 of 17.
Jaquan Lynch led the Golden Lions (2-7) with 10 points. UAPB shot just 28.8 percent from the floor (15 of 52) and committed 21 turnovers.
Virginia Tech: The game marked the Hokies' second of three games against SWAC opponents this season. . The Hokies moved to 3-1 all-time against teams from the SWAC. . Virginia Tech played without Johnny Hamilton, who has been suspended indefinitely for academic reasons. . Hudson started for the second time this season and the first time since the season opener. . LeDay registered his fifth double-double in eight games. The Hokies are 4-1 in games in which he records a double-double . Allen scored in double figures for the fourth straight game.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff: The Golden Lions fell to 0-5 all-time against ACC teams. . The Golden Lions played 13 players in the first half because of foul trouble. . JoVaughn Love, the Golden Lions' leading scorer coming in at 11.7 points, picked up four fouls, including a technical, within the first 10 minutes of the game and finished with just two points. . The Golden Lions played their ninth straight game away from home to open the season. They open the season with 18 straight on the road and do not play their home opener until Jan. 16.
Virginia Tech plays at Radford on Wednesday.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff plays at Iowa State on Dec. 13.