Hokies Down Global Sports, 95-66
Taylor leads four Hokies in double figures
November 17, 2002

Box Score Hokies 95, Global Sports 66
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech, led by a balanced scoring attack and and strong rebounding, defeated Global Sports, 95-66, in exhibition basketball action Sunday afternoon at Cassell Coliseum.

Terry Taylor (Sr., Chesapeake, Va.) led four Hokies in double figures with 19 points and eight rebounds. Bryant Matthews (Jr., Columbia, S.C.) recorded a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Brian Chase (Sr., Washington, D.C.) scored 14 points and Carlos Dixon (Jr., Salisbury, N.C.) added 11 points in the victory. Taylor shot eight of 10 from the floor and also dished out three assists.

Tim Pledger for Global Sports led all scorers with 20 points, on six of nine from three-point range and Antwaun Jones added 19 points and Dan Trammell scored 12 points.

After trailing 5-2 in the early stages, Tech went on a 16-3 run to take an 18-8 lead with 11:42 remaining in the first half. After Global Sports cut the lead to 23-16 with 9:00 remaining before intermission, the Hokies finished the half on a 27-18 run to take a 50-34 lead into halftime. Tech stretched the lead to as many as 33 points in the second half before finishing with the 95-66 victory.

The Hokies outrebounded Global Sports, 53-31, including a 21-8 advantage on the offensive glass. Tech recorded 21 second chance points and 21 points off of fast breaks. No Hokies played more than 24 minutes and all but two of the 12 Hokies that played scored in the contest. The Hokies outshot Global Sports from the field, 44.4%-35.5% .

Virginia Tech opens the 2002-03 regular season on Friday, Nov. 22, as the Hokies play St. Bonaventure in the first round of the University of the Virgin Islands Paradise Jam in St. Thomas, V.I. The Hokies will play Michigan on Nov. 24 and in the final round on Nov. 25. Tech opens the home season on Friday, Nov. 29, as it hosts American University in Cassell Coliseum at 7 p.m.