Virginia Tech gets a complete effort from its starting five as it completes the season sweep over Maryland, winning 91-83.
After jumping out to 23-16 lead, Virginia Tech (17-7, 7-4 ACC) let Maryland (16-10, 5-6 ACC) take the lead on an 8-0 run.
The game turned into a back and forth affair, until Erick Green and Malcolm Delaney scored nine straight points to give the Hokies an 84-76 lead with 1:14 left in the game—a lead the Hokies wouldn’t give up.
Green finished with his second 20 point game against Maryland this year. Green scored 20 points with eight assists. Delaney led all Virginia Tech scorers with 22 points on a less than stellar 3-for-14 shooting. Delaney was able to make up for his poor shooting by hitting all 14 of his free throws.
For the second straight game, the entire starting five for Virginia Tech reached double digits in points.
Perhaps the most impressive shooting performance came from Terrell Bell. Shooting 5-for-5 from behind the arc and finishing with 16 points provided the Hokies a much needed boost.
Jeff Allen extended his streak of double-doubles to six straight games. He finished the game with 16 points and 11 rebounds.
Allen’s fellow big man, Victor Davila, finished with 14 points on 7-for-9 shooting.
Both Allen and Davila teamed up well to contain Jordan Williams. The stand out center finished with 16 points on 7-for-14 shooting and nine rebounds.
Maryland got an unexpected boost off the bench from Terrell Stoglin. The sixth man for Maryland finished with a career and game high 25 points.
The Hokies were unable to get effective points from the bench. Greenburg decided to ride his starting five for the majority of the game because they showed no signs of struggling.
Virginia Tech got a much needed win to give itself some breathing room in the ACC standings. With tonight’s win, the Hokies have a one-game lead over a log-jammed fifth place.
Up next for the Hokies is a shot at redemption against Virginia. With a matchup against Duke looming in the next week and a half, the Hokies must stay focused so they don’t slip up against their next two opponents.