Virginia Tech got off to a fast start against Georgia Tech and never looked back. The Hokies (16-7, 6-4 ACC) jumped out to a 9-0 run and finished with a commanding 102-77 victory over the Yellow Jackets (10-14, 3-8 ACC).
After being plagued by terrible shooting in the last matchup, Virginia Tech played like they had something to prove.
Malcolm Delaney finished the game with a season high 33 points with six rebounds and five assists. Delaney was on conscious in the first half, going 6-for-6 from the field and finished the game at 9-for-14.
Delaney’s 33 points overshadowed an all around solid performance from Seth Greenburg’s starting five.
Jeff Allen extended his double-double streak to five in a row and his 40th of his career. Allen finished with 25 points and 14 rebounds on 10-for-15 shooting. Allen is in the midst of an excellent five game streak—he is averaging 20.2 points and 13.2 rebounds per game.
Delaney and Allen proved to be unstoppable against Georgia Tech in the second go-around. Until a late surge by the Yellow Jackets, Delaney and Allen combined to outscore the entire Georgia Tech team.
Imon Shumpert led the way for the Yellow Jackets with 27 points. Shumpert didn’t find his shooting touch until the game was well out of hand and his shooting only padded his stats. In the first meeting between the two teams, Shumpert had an impressive triple-double and the Hokies seemed to have no answer. Virginia Tech did a great job at keeping Shumpert quiet on the offensive end while almost scoring at will on the other end of the court.
Virginia Tech’s starting five all reached double digits on the day with Erick Green scoring 15 points, Terrell Bell scoring 13 and Victor Davila with 11 points. Collectively, the Hokies played great together and sent a message to their remaining opponents that they won’t back down as the season comes to a close.
Last meeting, Virginia Tech only used Manny Atkins off the bench. This afternoon, Greenburg used Atkins, Jarrell Eddie and Tyrone Garland were used throughout the game, but were unable to contribute a single point until Garland hit a 3-pointer with seconds remaining to put Virginia Tech over the century mark for the first time this season.
Fan favorites Paul Debnam and Prince Parker entered the game in the closing minutes. Debnam was the first Virginia Tech bench player to score when he hit a floater in the paint with 48-seconds remaining.
Virginia Tech has a quick turnaround as they face Maryland Tuesday night. Last time the two met, the Hokies had a commanding win at College Park. Virginia Tech has a handful of statement games left in the final six regular season games to look a little more appealing to the NCAA tournament committee, let’s hope the Hokies play like they did today to close out the season on a strong note.