Blacksburg - A career day from freshman Devin Wilson and a big response from senior Jarell Eddie helped lift the Virginia Tech men's basketball team past Maryland-Eastern Shore 82-66 Tuesday in Cassell Coliseum.
Wilson scored 16 points for Tech, while Eddie was anything but flat against the Hawks, adding 17 points and nine rebounds.
Eddie rebounded from an off-day against UNC-Greensboro his last time out.
The Hokies never let UMES get closer than 10 points and eventually took a 46-23 lead into the break. The 23-point halftime difference was the largest in Tech's favor this season and the biggest halftime lead since holding a 50-11 advantage over Mt. St. Mary's in 2011.
Tech continued to cruise in the second half, leading by as many as 26 points at times. The Hokies finished the game outrebounding UMES 42-26.
"It was nice getting back on the winning track tonight," Virginia Tech head coach James Johnson said. "I was happy with the way we came out and were ready to play. It was big for us to come out of the gate the way we did."
C.J. Barksdale, who has seen limited action as of late due to knee and ankle injuries, finished the game with nine points, as did Will Johnston, while Trevor Thompson added eight points. The trio also combined for 15 rebounds.
Tech will remain at home, but will not return to action until hosting nationally-ranked Syracuse on Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 9 p.m.