Tech men's hoops squad rolls in exhibition
By Jimmy Robertson
November 4, 2005

BLACKSBURG - The Virginia Tech men's basketball team saw five players score in double figures as the Hokies rolled past the University of Saskatchewan 90-42 in an exhibition game Friday night at Cassell Coliseum.

Tech used a 13-0 run early in the first half to break open the game and never looked back. Every player on the roster played in the first 20 minutes as the Hokies led 49-26 at the break. They then exploded in the second half, scoring the first 19 points of the half to put the game away.

Deron Washington led all scorers with 16 points off the bench, hitting 6-of-9 from the floor and 4-of-6 from the free-throw line. Tech, as a team, shot 52.1 percent from the floor.

Cheick Diakite, the 6-foot-8 freshman from Mali, added 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting, and he grabbed a game-high five offensive rebounds (six total). Coleman Collins finished with 12 points and six boards, while Chris Tucker added 11 and Zabian Dowdell chipped in 10.

Sam Lamontagne was the only double-figure scorer for Saskatchewan, with 11 points. The Huskies managed to shoot just 30.2 percent from the floor and committed 28 turnovers.

"We were able to get a lot of guys a lot of minutes and we looked at a lot of different combinations," Tech head coach Seth Greenberg said. "As a team, we're probably where we should be after 16 practices, but we're not where we need to be. We've got a lot of work to do."

The Hokies played without three players expected to contribute this season - Robert Krabbendam (knee), Wynton Witherspoon (foot) and Shawn Harris (shoulder). Harris should be ready for the Hokies' season opener. The other two are at least a month away from returning.

Tech opens the season next Thursday when Radford comes to Cassell Coliseum. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m.