BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) -- Justin Bibbs scored a career-high 31 points to lift Virginia Tech to an 87-52 victory over Grambling State on Saturday.
Bibbs hit 10 of 14 from the floor, including 7 of 10 from beyond the 3-point arc, tying the school record for 3-pointers in a game. He came into the game ranked second nationally in 3-point field-goal percentage at 62.5 percent (25 of 40).
The Hokies (8-3) led just 40-37 after Grambling State's Chase Cormier hit a 3-pointer with 18 minutes remaining. But Virginia Tech went on a 27-4 run over the next nine minutes to take control. Bibbs scored 17 of the 27, hitting three 3-pointers in that run.
Grambling State (2-9) hit just 2 of 13 from the floor and committed 12 turnovers during that nine-minute span.
Grambling State only trailed 35-32 at halftime after a first half in which it shot 50 percent (14 of 28). The Tigers hit 4 of 9 from beyond the 3-point arc, and Nigel Ribeiro's 3-pointer at the buzzer left the Tigers down three at halftime. Ribeiro scored 13 points in the half, including three 3-pointers.
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But the Tigers couldn't overcome their 24 turnovers -- 14 in the second. They shot just 30 percent in the second half (7 of 23).
Virginia Tech shot 45.8 percent from the floor (33 of 72) and hit a season-high 10 3-pointers. Zach LeDay scored 14 points for the Hokies, while Seth Allen added 13 and Kerry Blackshear, Jr. 11.
The Tigers were led by Ribeiro, who scored 15 points.
Grambling State: The game was a homecoming of sorts for Ribeiro, who is from Chesapeake, Virginia, which is five hours from Blacksburg. . Ribeiro scored just two points in the second half and hit just 1 of 4 from the floor.
Virginia Tech: Bibbs' seven 3-pointers equaled the school record held by Malcolm Delaney (vs. North Carolina on Jan. 13, 2011). . Blackshear, Jr., grabbed 12 rebounds for his second straight double-double. . Allen made his first start since starting the season opener. . Allen scored in double figures for the seventh straight game. . Walk-on Matt Galloway made the first start of his career. Galloway had played in just three games this season prior to Saturday night. . Chris Clarke did not play in the game . The Hokies moved to 2-1 on the season against teams from the Southwestern Athletic Conference and are now 4-1 all-time versus teams from the SWAC.
Virginia Tech takes St. Joseph's in Brooklyn, New York, on Tuesday.
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