Virginia Tech sure could get used to winning like this at the
Not that the Hokies are thinking much about March just yet.
Malcolm Delaney scored 23 points, Dorenzo Hudson added 17 and
the 22nd-ranked Hokies routed North Carolina-Greensboro 92-70 on
Jeff Allen also finished with 17 points, and Virginia Tech (2-1)
shot 53 percent, forced 29 turnovers, turned them into 37 points
and bounced back from a 16-point loss at No. 3 Kansas State.
Chances are, the Hokies won’t have quite this easy of a time in
their next visit to this arena: The Atlantic Coast Conference once
again will hold its tournament here in mid-March.
”If you think our guys are thinking that far in advance …
they’re wondering if they’re going to get food or post-game meal
money,” Tech coach Seth Greenberg quipped. ”That’s what they’re
wondering. Our guys can’t think that far ahead.”
Kyle Randall scored 15 points and Aloysius Henry had 14 for UNC
Greensboro (0-3). The Spartans shot 56 percent but had serious
trouble taking care of the ball. They fell to 1-34 against ACC
teams and remained winless in 24 tries against nationally ranked
”Today, for us, was turnover day,” coach Mike Dement said.
UNC Greensboro moved its home games to the Greensboro Coliseum
before the 2009-10 season, and since then, ACC teams have been
eager to come to town to familiarize themselves with the rims and
sight lines at the arena.
Virginia Tech was the sixth team from that league in the past 12
months to come to UNC Greensboro – with visits from No. 1 Duke and
Miami still looming – and the Spartans couldn’t keep it closer than
15 points against any of them.
Their only victory against the ACC came three years ago at
Georgia Tech, but for a while, they thought an upset might be
brewing after they built a 12-5 lead roughly 6 1/2 minutes in.
”We can take from that (early lead) and build off that and try
to sustain it throughout the first half and throughout the whole
game,” Randall said. ”Hopefully, this week, we’ll realize that
and we’ll come out every game and sustain it, and we can play with
just about anybody.”
The Hokies, whose last appearance here was a loss to Miami last
March in the ACC tournament quarterfinals, are 4-8 in this
building. They were 4 of 16 from 3-point range in improving to 7-0
in the series and 1-1 on their current five-game swing away from
Next up is a trip to Anaheim, Calif., for the 76 Classic, which
Delaney reached the 20-point mark for the 35th time and Hudson
hit double figures for the 13th straight game, which gave Virginia
Tech plenty of breathing room with an 11-4 run after UNC Greensboro
closed within 10 with 16 1/2 minutes to play.
Erick Green finished with 10 points and gave the Hokies their
first 20-point lead with a dunk in transition that made it 70-50
with 8 1/2 minutes left.
”We’ve got to play like junkyard dogs in terms of not getting
extended out, but more importantly, just tracing the ball and
putting good ball pressure on the ball and being active, being
alert, seeing plays,” Greenberg said.
Delaney scored 11 points during a 5-minute flurry midway through
the first half that partly coincided with the 15-2 run that put the
Hokies ahead for good.
Most of the star guard’s early points came in transition after
turnovers. His layup off a Spartans turnover made it 14-12 with
about 12 minutes left in the half, and his free throw with 14.9
seconds before the break pushed the lead into double figures to
”We’ve really put an emphasis this week about getting out in
transition, running, not waiting on the ball and sprinting and not
slowing down at halfcourt and pitching it ahead,” Greenberg
Korey Van Dussen finished with 11 points for the Spartans, who
shot 62 percent in the first half but couldn’t overcome 16
turnovers before the break.