Virginia Tech rallied from a horrendous first-half effort in which they trailed ACC rival virginia by 16 points, to pull within two points late in the second half, but it was too little too late as the Hokies lost their third straight to fall to 4-4 overall and 0-1 in ACC play.
Malcolm Delaney led all scorers with 26 points on 10-of-15 shooting, but he got little help outside of fellow senior Jeff Allen, who was the only other Hokie to score in double figures with 12 points. Allen also led the team in rebounding with nine. Tech head coach Seth Greenberg got only two points from his bench, that being a pair of free throws from Erick Green.
Statistically, the game was a dead heat with the exception of free throw attempts; the Hokies made all four of their attempts, while the hoos made 7 of 11.
Tech fell behind early and trailed the entire game. Delaney scored the Hokies’ first seven points to keep it close, 7-10, but uva went on a 9-2 run to open up a 10-point lead and it was all downhill from there in the first half. Delaney ended up scoring 14 of Virginia Tech’s 24 first-half points.
The Hokies came out in the second half with more energy and focus and cut the lead to two, 51-53, with :20 to play in the game, but couldn’t pull it out in the end. The flat and listless first-half performance was too much to overcome.
For a team picked to finish second in the ACC, the Hokies have greatly underachieved through eight games this season. And the frustration is evident among the coaches, players and fans. Tech gets a week off for exams before hosting Penn State on Sunday, Dec. 12, at 1 p.m.