Malcolm Delaney made amends for his poor outing down in Atlanta (8 points, 8 turnovers) as the Hokies, in their throwback gray VPI uniforms, blitzed the visiting yellow jackets 102-77. Delaney scored 22 of his season-high 33 points in the first half while Jeff Allen registered his fifth straight double-double — the 12th of the season — with 25 points and 14 boards.
The 102 points are the most ever by a Virginia Tech team in ACC play. The Hokies scored 100 points in a 104-100 loss to maryland last season.
All five starters for Virginia Tech scored in double figures. Sophomore Erick Green, who had shot just 26 percent in his previous four games (11/42), seemed to have benefited from the week off. The Winchester Rifle scored 15 points on 5/9 shooting to go with six assists, three rebounds and a perfect 3/3 from behind the arc.
Senior defensive specialist Terrell Bell scored 13 points, one shy of his ACC high (14 vs. ga tech in 2010). Victor Davila had 11 points and was an impressive (for him) 7/11 from the free throw line.
The Hokies jumped out to a quick 9-0 lead behind seven points from Delaney. (Good) Tech never trailed and held a 25-point lead, 42-17, with 7:41 to play. As the Hokies led by 20 about 12 minutes into the game and had come up with a steal just before the under-8 media timeout, georgia tech coach Paul Hewitt was tossed from the game after earning a pair of technical fouls. If he thought that his ejection would fire up his team, he was wrong.
The Hokies continued its woodshed beating of the jackets as the Hokies registered a season-high 53 first-half points en route to a 16-point half-time lead.
The second half was just more of the same as the Hokies came out and refused to led the jackets back in them game. Despite a second-half opening three pointer by georgia tech, Good Tech held off the ill-fated rally and instead stretched its lead to 30 points. By that point, the game was out of reach for the jackets.
With 1:58 to play, Greenberg pulled four of his five starters – he left Bell in the game – while leading 97-73. Fan favorite Paul Debnam came in and hit a jumper to put the Hokies up 99-73 with 1:02 to play. Freshman Tyrone Garland gave the crowd what it craved with three-pointer with :37 to play, giving Tech a 102-73 lead. A technical foul by Prince Parker gave the jackets four free throws to close out the scoring.
The Hokies had little room for error in their final seven regular season games heading into Sunday’s matchup with ga tech. Already considered a bubble team for the NCAA tournament, Seth Greenberg’s eight-man squad could not afford a loss at the Cassell against the jackets.
Virginia Tech is now 6-4 in ACC play and 16-7 overall with three home games and three road games remaining. Next up for Good Tech is a home game against the terps on Tuesday, Feb. 15, at 9 p.m. After that, it’s on the road against uva (2/19) and wake forest (2/22) before returning home for the final two home games of the season against duke (2/26) and boston college (3/1). The Hokies close out the 2010-11 season on the road against clemson on March 5.