It wasn’t a good sign for Virginia Tech even before tip-off Wednesday night at NC State.
In their pre-game shoot-around earlier in the day, the Hokies lost freshman center Khadim Sy for the game. He turned an ankle and was ruled out.
Virginia Tech won’t know how much of a difference Sy could have made. But without him, the Hokies were run out of PNC Arena, routed 104-78.
Sophomore guard Ahmed Hill led the visitors with 17 points, while senior forward Zach LeDay added 16 points and six rebounds. Guard Dennis Smith, meanwhile, had the 29th triple-double in Wolfpack history, with 27 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists and five steals. It was also the second in school history.
The first half was about as ugly as Virginia Tech could have had. The Hokies went 1-9 from the field during one stretch midway through the half and shot just 36.7 percent overall.
NC State, meanwhile, was lights out. The Wolfpack made nine of their first 13 shots, 69.7 percent from the floor overall and led 55-30 at halftime. NC State showed its muscle and size advantage in that half with a 32-12 advantage in the paint and four blocks.
Virginia Tech showed some life to start the second half. A pair of three-pointers by sophomore guards Justin Robinson and Hill were part of a 10-0 run that got the Hokies within 44-40.
From that point, though, the Wolfpack picked up where they left off. They pushed their lead to as much as 84-55 with 7:11 to play. Virginia Tech got to within 86-71 with four and a half minutes to play, but couldn’t pull any closer.
The Hokies are back on the road again Saturday. They’ll take on Florida State in a 2 p.m. ET tip-off in Tallahassee, Florida.