Virginia Tech 102, Georgia Tech 77
If Virginia Tech’s Malcolm Delaney needed extra motivation for
his team’s game with Georgia Tech, he only needed to look at the
box score from the last time these two squads met.
He scored eight points and turned the ball over eight times in
the Hokies’ 72-57 loss to the Yellow Jackets on Jan. 25.
His performance the second time around was much better. Delaney
scored 22 of his season-high 33 points in the first half to lead
Virginia Tech past Georgia Tech 102-77 on Sunday.
The Hokies (16-7, 6-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) now have won 12
of their past 15 games and are alone in fourth place in the
”I worked hard and I played smarter, and I hit shots,” Delaney
said, explaining the difference between the two games. ”I did what
I normally do. In Atlanta, I just didn’t make shots.
”Honestly, I forgot about that game. After I came home and got
in the gym, that game was out of my mind. We lost the game, but I
wasn’t thinking about, Oh, we need to play Georgia Tech and we need
to beat them because of how I played.’ I was thinking about getting
a win. That was my only focus.”
Delaney hit 9 of 14 from the floor for the game, including three
3-pointers, and he connected on 12 of 14 from the free-throw line.
He missed his career high in points by just four.
Behind him, Virginia Tech scored the first nine points of the
game and never trailed. Delaney hit the game’s opening basket and
added a 3-pointer in that run.
Georgia Tech (10-14, 3-8), which has lost five straight, cut the
lead to 9-6 on a basket by Iman Shumpert, but the Hokies embarked
on a 33-11 run over the next eight minutes to blow the game open.
Virginia Tech hit 14 of its first 17 shots from the floor.
Delaney scored 15 during the spurt, including four free throws
after Georgia Tech head coach Paul Hewitt received back-to-back
technical fouls from official Roger Ayers with 7:53 remaining and
”The official (Ayers) made his judgment, and I have to go with
that,” Hewitt said. ”Specifically, what led to that, you’d have
to ask him, and in no way am I putting it on him. I tried to ask,
and at that point, he did not want to hear it. That’s when I should
have gone back to my huddle.
”I apologize to our team and to Georgia Tech for putting myself
in that position. Obviously, whatever I did was warranted to get
put out of the game. I apologized to my team at halftime and after
the game. It was poor judgment on my part, and I should not have
put myself in that position.”
Georgia Tech did not get closer than 13 points in the second
half. The Hokies, who looked fresh after an eight-day layoff, led
by as many as 30 and shot 55.2 percent from the floor (32 of 58).
They established a school record for points in an ACC game.
”I’d be lying if I didn’t say I had some anxiety after the
eight days off,” Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg said. ”I
wasn’t sure if we could raise our temperature and get ready for the
speed of the game. That’s what I pounded into them at our
”But as they have all season, they came out with a great
attitude and great focus. It’s also good when you make every
Virginia Tech’s Jeff Allen had 25 points and 14 rebounds for his
fifth straight double-double and 12th of the season. Erick Green
scored 15 points, while Terrell Bell had 13 for the Hokies.
Shumpert paced Georgia Tech with 27 points, including six
3-pointers. His six 3-pointers tied a career high.