Carlos Dixon scored 21 points as Virginia Tech opened its first season in the ACC with an 81-58 nonconference victory over Loyola (Md.) last night in Blacksburg, Va.
The Hokies raced to a 15-1 advantage and led by 18 points in the first half. Loyola (0-1) used a 17-7 run to narrow the lead to 34-26 at the half, but Virginia Tech opened the second half with an 11-2 run. It was the 15th consecutive home-opening victory for the Hokies.
Dixon, who sat out last season with a broken bone in his foot, made three three-pointers. Freshman Deron Washington scored 20 points on 9-of-11 shooting, including six dunks, and Coleman Collins added 11 points.
Freddie Stanback scored 16 points and Shane James added 10 for the Greyhounds, who committed 27 turnovers.
* UMBC 67, NAVY 61: Chris Pugh's three-pointer erased a Navy lead with 1 minute 13 seconds remaining as the Retrievers rallied past the visiting Midshipmen.
The Retrievers won their sixth consecutive season opener and gave Randy Monroe, a UMBC assistant coach for 10 seasons, his first victory as head coach.
David Hooper led Navy (0-1) with 16 points and Laramie Mergerson added 15 points and 12 rebounds. The Midshipmen lost in the debut of Coach Billy Lange, the former Villanova assistant who replaced Don DeVoe after last season.
* ST. FRANCIS (PA.) 74, HOWARD 63: Louis Ford had 21 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds, but the Bison lost their opener in Loretto, Pa. Will Gant added 14 points.