BLACKSBURG, Va. — Reserve Zach LeDay scored 20 points Friday night to lead Virginia Tech to an 80-67 victory against Maine in a men’s college basketball opener.

LeDay led a balanced offense for the Hokies, who had four players in double figures. He hit 8 of 13 from the floor and grabbed 12 rebounds for his 13th career double-double.

Ahmed Hill, who missed last season with a knee injury, scored 14 points in his return, Justin Robinson had 13 and Chris Clarke finished with 12.

Wes Myers was the lone player in double figures for Maine, finishing with 17 points.

Despite size and experience advantages, Virginia Tech didn’t put away the Black Bears until midway through the second half. The Hokies led by eight with around 17 minutes remaining before going on a 15-2 run that was powered by LeDay’s six points. Maine got no closer than the final margin.

The Hokies, taller and stronger at virtually every position, finished with a 44-36 rebounding advantage.


MAINE 5, UMASS-LOWELL 2: Blaine Byron dumped a short-handed goal into an empty net with 1:44 to play, completing a hat trick as the Black Bears (4-5-2, 1-2 Hockey East) beat UMass-Lowell (6-3-2, 2-1) at Orono.

Byron scored twice in a 2-2 first period. Rob Michel’s short-handed goal put the Black Bears ahead 3-2 with three seconds left in the second. Cam Brown made it 4-2 midway through the third.

Brown also had two assists and Rob McGovern finished with 31 saves for Maine.

DANIEL WEBSTER 6, SOUTHERN MAINE 5: The Eagles (1-5, 1-2 New England Hockey) scored four unanswered goals to rally past the Huskies (2-2, 2-2) at Gorham.

Southern Maine opened a 3-0 lead on three power-play goals in a 2:50 span of the first period from Parker Sanderson, Brett Norman and Cole Klippenstein.

Tristan Dundas and Alex Pantalone scored to give the Huskies a 5-2 lead.


BOSTON UNIVERSITY 5, MAINE 3: Victoria Bach had three goals for the Terriers (5-4-1, 4-4 Hockey East), including two in a three-goal third period to overcome the Black Bears (2-10, 1-7) at Orono.

Brooke Stacey and Tereza Vanisova scored in a span of 2:44 late in the second period as the Black Bears took a 3-2 lead.

MANHATTANVILLE 2, SOUTHERN MAINE 1: Lindsay Diot tipped in a feed from Kat Reilly in the first few seconds and the Valiants (2-0, 2-0 New England Hockey) held off the Huskies (0-4, 0-3) at Gorham.

Taryn Harris added a power-play goal for Manhattanville at 12:50 of the second period on a rebound of a Karly Kapur shot.

Olivia Barragree scored for USM from Grace Simmons with 3:05 left in the second.

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 2, SALVE REGINA 2: Shannon Smith scored an unassisted power-play goal with 4:24 left in regulation as the Nor’easters (1-3-1, 1-1-1 Commonwealth Coast) tied the Seahawks (0-4-1, 0-2-1) at Biddeford.

Amanda Cronin scored from Erika Martin and Madison Labyak at 6:31 of the first to give Salve Regina a 1-0 lead that held until Tatum Gietl tied it from Annie Mullen and Smith with 24 seconds to play in the second.

Madison McCann scored from Courtney Moulton 6:57 into the third to put the Seahawks back into the lead.