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BLACKSBURG, Va. Steve Nash Jersey . -- Jerod Evans said that he needed to clean up some things during Virginia Techs upcoming off week.The Hokies fan base may be wondering what exactly that is. His play so far has been sparkling.Evans, the Hokies starting quarterback, threw three touchdown passes and rushed for one to lift Virginia Tech over East Carolina 54-17 on Saturday.The Hokies (3-1) scored on their final five possessions of the first half, including all four of their second-quarter possessions, to overwhelm East Carolina (2-2) and snap a two-game losing streak to the Pirates.Evans completed 13 of 20 passes for a career-best 282 yards and rushed for a career-best 97 more. He has thrown at least three touchdown passes in three of the Hokies first four games and is completing 67 percent of his passes.I missed a couple of things here and there, Evans said. I have a lot of things that I can get better at for sure.Evans entered the game with an ACC-best 10 touchdown passes this season. Of more importance to Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente, he has thrown just one interception.I think hes pretty good, Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente said of Evans. Hes been judicious with the ball and hes going to the right place most of the time. Hes been pretty efficient.Following a punt return for a touchdown by Greg Stroman and a touchdown run by Marshawn Williams that gave the Hokies a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, Evans threw touchdown passes of 24 yards to Isaiah Ford, 13 yards to Travon McMillian and 55 yards to Cam Phillips. That final score gave the Hokies a 38-0 halftime lead.ECU quarterback Philip Nelson had 362 yards passing and two touchdown tosses to Jimmy Williams. The Pirates had 443 yards of offense, but committed three special teams mistakes, fumbled once and were sacked six times.We studied the film well and they had a lot of keys when they were sliding the protection, said Ken Ekanem, who had two of the Hokies six sacks. We had a lot of indicators and we knew when someone was going to be left one-on-one. We look forward to one-on-one matchups and pride ourselves on winning those. We did a good job of that today.THE TAKEAWAYEAST CAROLINA: Coming off a 20-15 loss at South Carolina and playing its third consecutive game against a Power 5 opponent, the Pirates looked a step slow and out of sorts from the opening kick. They went three-and-out on five first-half possessions. The Pirates hope to regroup now that they have finished the non-conference portion of their schedule.That was clearly the best football team that we have played, ECU coach Scottie Montgomery said. The most physical. The biggest. The fastest. The strongest. The smartest. I thought they competed well in their scheme. They played great emotional football. They leaned on their crowd. They played a complete football game -- as complete as it gets.VIRGINIA TECH: The Hokies dominated on special teams, scoring four touchdowns as a result of those units. Greg Stroman scored on an 87-yard punt return, and a blocked field goal attempt led to an Evans touchdown pass to Isaiah Ford. Cam Phillips blocked a punt that led to an Evans touchdown pass to Travon McMillian, and a sack of ECU punter Worth Gregory in the fourth quarter led to a 1-yard touchdown run by backup quarterback Brenden Motley.UP NEXTEAST CAROLINA: The Pirates open AAC play next Saturday with a home game against UCF. ECU blasted the Golden Knights 44-7 last season for their first win in Orlando since 2008.VIRGINIA TECH: The Hokies are off next week before taking on North Carolina on Oct. 8 and will be looking to avenge last years 30-27 overtime loss. The Hokies have won nine of the 12 meetings with the Tar Heels since joining the ACC. Dragan Bender Suns Jersey .1 million pounds ($61.2 million) on Saturday, giving the beleaguered English Premier League champions a major lift. George King Jersey . Robinson finished with 17 points, all but two in the second half, and Lawson had 14 after halftime and finished with a game-high 11 assists as the Nuggets handed Dallas its first home loss in eight games this season. J.J. Hickson led Denver with 22, and Kenneth Faried added 10 points and 10 rebounds. . Rob Manfred, baseballs chief operating officer, testified last week during the grievance filed by the players union to overturn Rodriguezs 211-game suspension. A person familiar with the hearing, speaking on condition of anonymity, told The Associated Press on Saturday that Manfred testified the sport wasnt concerned whether Bosch distributed performance-enhancing drugs to minors because MLBs interest was his relationship with players under investigation. LOS ANGELES -- Fun returned to Pauley Pavilion in a big way with the college debuts of Lonzo Ball and T.J. Leaf.Those two were among four starters in double figures for No. 16 UCLA, which made a school-record 18 3-pointers in a 119-80 rout of Pacific in the teams season opener on Friday night.Ball just missed a triple-double with 19 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds, while Leaf had 22 points and a game-high 15 rebounds.Everything went well and Im proud of the day that we had, Ball said.Bryce Alford scored 30 points to lead the Bruins, making six 3-pointers. Aaron Holiday added 18 points, including four 3-pointers, and Isaac Hamilton had 17 points in UCLAs run-and-gun offense that proved entertaining for the announced crowd of 8,743.Its just an opener, but when you can have an opener like this that word of mouth spreads, Bruins coach Steve Alford said. We are an exciting team to watch and its worth coming out to see if you like us.Pacific was led by T.J. Wallace with 21 points despite foul trouble and Ray Bowles with 14 points. Former NBA player Damon Stoudamire lost his college coaching debut.UCLA is a good team, Wallace said. What happened tonight was self-inflicted; we just have to get back to the basics.The Tigers werent too shabby from 3-point range, either. They made 10 of 26, led by David Taylor, who made all three of his attempts.But Pacific couldnt defend the Bruins sharpshooters. They bettered the old record of 17 3-pointers set against Arizona on Jan. 19, 2002.We knew it was going to be a challenge, Stoudamire said. One team is trying to get better, the other is trying to win a national championship.UCLA opened the game by hitting four consecutive 3s, with Ball sandwiching a pair around two straight by Alford. Ball followed his second 3-pointer with a dunk off Hamiltons alley-oop pass.Later in the half, Ball dunked off Holidays assist after Hamilton stole the ball.It was pretty nice. I think it will probably be on `SportsCenter, Leaf said. With the ball he cant really jump at all, but with it he can get up.That ignited an especially potent offensive stretch for the Bruins. Holiday scored 10 in a row, making two 3-pointers to start.UCLA ended the first half on another 3-pointer by Holiday for a 63-39 lead.Pacific never got close in the second half, when the Bruins led by 34 points early. Richaun Holmes Jersey. UCLA opened the half with a 15-6 run that began with 3-pointers by Alford and Hamilton. Leaf scored off Balls alley-oop pass and then Leaf completed a three-point play.BIG PICTUREPacific: The Tigers have more ranked teams in their future. They play No. 14 Gonzaga on Dec. 31 and No. 17 Saint Marys on Feb. 2 before facing those opponents later in the season on the road.UCLA: The Bruins return 94.5 percent of their made 3-pointers, led by Alford, Holiday and Hamilton, who combined to hit 172 last season. Ball and Leaf will only add to the long-range threat.BALL MOVEMENTThe Bruins had 29 assists, with Hamilton dishing out eight and Holiday five. They kept the ball zipping around with no one afraid of making an extra pass.Thats the way our game should be played. Thats beautiful basketball, the elder Alford said.KENNYS KIDPacific freshman guard K.J. Smith is the son of former NBA guard and current TNT analyst Kenny The Jet Smith. The younger Smith went 0 for 3 -- all on 3-point attempts -- and missed his only free throw attempt in nine minutes.TRIPLE DIGITSThe Bruins hadnt scored that many points since beating Montana State 113-78 in the 2014-15 season opener. It was their most points since beating Cal State Fullerton 120-91 on Dec. 13, 1997, under Steve Lavin. They never topped triple digits last season.INJUREDUCLA sophomore forward Alex Olesinski missed the game with a strained foot. He has worn a boot for two days and is questionable for Sundays game. Were hoping its short-lived, the elder Alford said. Got to let it calm down.POLL IMPLICATIONSThe elder Alford pointed out UCLA is the only team in the Top 25 that had a losing record (15-17) last season. The Bruins ranking to start the season reflects the hype around Ball and Leaf in addition to the quality of the teams returning players.UP NEXTPacific: The Tigers play Green Bay on Monday in their home opener as part of ESPNs College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon.UCLA: The Bruins play Cal State Northridge on Sunday, the second of four straight home games to open the season.---More AP college basketball: ' ' '