Exactly four years ago today Malcolm Delaney set the Tech record for most points in an ACC game, a record that still stands today. Malcolm exploded for 37 points, including 22 in the first half. Delaney capped off the amazing first half with a half court shot to put the Hokies up 53-44 as Tech shredded OPP’s high pressure defense.
The game would turn out to be bittersweet, though, as the Hokies blew a 15-point lead (63-48) in the final 16:30. The #12 clemson tigers called off their press and rode seven 3-pointers from K.C. Rivers (29 points overall) to win 86-82 in Blacksburg. clemson hit 14/25 (56%) from 3-point range (sounds a lot like this year) to win.
The Hokies were 4-1 in the ACC at the point and appeared poised to move to 5-1, but the bitter loss propelled them to lose eight of their final 11 ACC regular season games and a 7-9 finish in the league.