Blacksburg, VA — The Virginia Tech Hokies improved to 13-2 overall and picked up their first ACC win of the season (1-1) by dominating No. 23 miami 81-66.
Malcolm Delaney led Tech with 28 points and a career-high 9 assists. Jeff Allen had 14 points and 10 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the season. Terrell Bell tied a career-high with 13 points, all in the first half, and Dorenzo Hudson had 11. Both Allen and Victor Davila fouled out of the game late in the second half. Bell hit a career-high three treys in the game.
The Hokies came out of the gate fired up and dominated miami in every phase of the game. Tech shot 62 percent from the field in the first half including 78 percent from three-point range (7 of 9). They were unstoppable offensively and like Fort Knox when it came to defense.
One can only imagine that the second half of the unc game, which resulted in a double-digit loss, left a bitter taste in the mouths of the Hokies. And they took out their frustrations on the 23rd-ranked canes, at least in the first half.
Tech led 50-16 with 1:00 to play in the first half before surrendering a 7-0 run to take a 50-23 lead into the break. The Hokies led by as many as 35 (48-13) in the first half.
The second half, like the unc game, was a completely different story. Tech went ice cold and shot just 29 percent from the field. They also got caught up in a faster pace game and instead of taking their time and controlling the tempo, they tried to run-and-gun with miami and it failed. The canes cut the Hokies’ 23-point halftime lead down to 15 points in the second half. But that’s as close as they’d get.
After a timeout by Greenberg, the Hokies calmed down, tightened up on defense and started controlling the clock again. Once they did that, it was clear the game was over. Tech has now won four straight over miami.
At the end of the game, fans began chanting “Just like football!” Classic.