BLACKSBURG – The Virginia Tech game at the Big Ten-ACC Challenge this year was not a big challenge for the Hokies.
The Hokies crushed Iowa 79-55 on Tuesday night at the Cbadell Coliseum to record their most unbalanced victory in the history of the show's Challenge.
"Our team is starting to realize who we are," said Tech Men's basketball coach Buzz Williams. "Hard game, for the other, badisted baskets, try to finish a possession [defensive] with a disputed shot, just a shot and a defensive rebound, I think we would be closer to the fast than we should slow down to shoot excellent and perfect shots We can play in various defensive ways. "
The Iowa 55 points were the lowest Tech (6-1) allowed this season.
"We are not being chewed in practice [after this win]" said technical guard Justin Bibbs. "We can watch movies and be a little happier."
Virginia Tech improved to 5-7 in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge, including 4-0 against Iowa.
With the score tied at 40 at the start of the game. In the second half, the Hokies had a 20-1 run to build a 60-41 cushion with 11:46 to play.
Iowa missed an amazing 17 consecutive shots from the field before finally scoring a basket in a dunk to cut the lead to 60-43 with 11:06 to play.
Virginia Tech started the 20-1 streak with 14 points in a row, including nine from Bibbs.
"Once we got to the stop, we were in transition, and everyone on the team is great in the transition," said technical guard Ahmed Hill, who scored 18 points.
Iowa (4-3) shot 33.3 percent from the field. The Hawkeyes shot 51.7 percent from the field in the first half but only 18.9 percent in the second half.
"We just focus more [in the second half] on keeping it out of the painting, without letting the big ones see easily." Hill said.
"They have very good speed, so their starts are generally pretty good," Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said. "But they were also scoring, so we did not have many really good transition opportunities … in the second half."
The score was tied at 38 at halftime. Iowa beat Tech 22-12 in the first half, but Tech beat the visitors 28-22 in the second half.
"The difference in the second half was our defensive rebound, just giving them a chance," Williams said. "In our time here, … we protect action for the most part, we have not been able to consistently finish possession [defensive] with a rebound.
" Fast can only be quick when he has the ball. So, just let Iowa have a single shot in the second half, that allows us to be quick. … Part of the reason why they fired 18 percent in the second half is because they were worn out … because we just gave them a shot and then we headed to the other side quickly. "
Tech had eight Defensive rebounds in the first half but 23 in the second half Iowa had 11 second-chance points in the first half but only two in the second half.
"We realized that many of their points [first-half] came from offensive rebounds. We just wanted to focus on getting the stop and getting the defensive rebound, "said Bibbs, who finished with 14 points.
Technology starter Kerry Blackshear got into an early fouling problem and missed most of it In the first half, his team got 10 rebounds in the second half.
"We need K to play," Williams said. "We do not need fouling problems to get rid of all of us. We are small to start. … But when K was what it was in the second half, that changes our team. And we need it. So we need to stay away from fouling problems. "
Tech guards also helped on the boards, Hill and Justin Robinson had seven rebounds each, Nickeil Alexander-Walker had four.
" We need our Guards do a really good job from a rebound perspective … because our big guys … are working so hard to keep [the opponent] from getting it, they can not get it [themselves]"Williams said." Then someone else [on Tech] has to come there and understand it. That's why we need our guards to continue [rebound]. "
Iowa was 1 of 12 from the 3-point range in the second half and finished with five three-pointers.
Jordan Bohannon of Iowa had 12 points and was 4 of 4 from the 3-point range in the first half. , but he did not score in the second half.
"We discovered in the second half that we had to get X in the last 10 seconds of the pitch clock, and that's what we did, all the guardians, but whoever [Bohannon] ] has faced the guard, "said Bibbs.
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"We just caught the post [in the second half]," Hill said. "Every time the pole player caught him, we caught him and made him kick."
The Hawkeyes lost for the third time in their last four. matches, including defeats against Louisiana-Lafayette and South Dakota State in a tournament in the Ca Islands magnet
Tech fres The substitute of hman P.J. Horne had 16 points, his highest number in his career, including 12 in the first half after Blackshear got into fouls.  "[It was due to] running around the court, going to the open places," said Horne. "I played with more energy and I played with more confidence".
"[Khadim Sy] leaving our team changed from the list point of view, I'm grateful that P.J. is here," Williams said. "We were thinking about redshirting PJ"
Chris Clarke had 12 points for Tech, who won his fourth straight game.
The Hokies entered the game leading the nation in scoring offense (102 ppg entering on Tuesday), field-goal percentage (58.3 percent), 3-point field goal percentage (49.6 percent) and badists ( 22 per game)
Tech shot 43.1 percent from the field on Tuesday, including 45.2 percent in the second half.
Virginia Tech shot 30.4 percent from the 3-point range in the game to 25 percent of Iowa. Tech made seven three-pointers in the game.
Iowa outrebounded Virginia Tech 44-40.
Virginia Tech was 22 of 28 from the free throw line for visitors 6 out of 10.
It was just the second time this season that the Hokies played against a team that ended with a winning record last season. Iowa returned four incumbents of a team that made the NIT last season.
Virginia Tech will face another participant NIT 2017, Mississippi, on the highway on Saturday. Ole Miss lost in overtime by visiting the state of South Dakota on Tuesday to fall to 4-2.
Iowa had 14 turnovers, which produced 12 Tech points.
"Fourteen turnovers are probably too many against this team because they are spinning in points," said McCaffery.
Tyler Cook had 16 points in the game for Iowa.
Iowa forward Ahmad Wagner, who missed the team's previous game with shoulder pain, started on Tuesday.
Forward Nicholas Baer, who had missed the first six Iowa games with a broken finger, made his debut this season on Tuesday. Baer was named the sixth Big Ten man of the year last season.
The only victory of the Tech Challenge by a double-digit margin was a 95-79 victory over Iowa in 2012.