Reporting James Sikorski
Virginia Tech won its first ACC Tournament game in two years, beating Georgia Tech 59-43. The Hokies snapped a two-game losing streak this season and kept their NCAA Tournament hopes alive.
The Hokies jumped out to a quick lead and never looked back.
Malcolm Delaney led the way for Virginia Tech with 15 points and four assists. The senior played a smart game by taking high percentage shots and hitting two 3-point attempts.
Jeff Allen continued his strong play this season by recording another double-double. The senior center had 14 points and 11 rebounds. He did a great job controlling the paint on the offensive and defensive side of the ball.
With freshman guard Jarrell Eddie suspended for the rest of the season, Manny Atkins and Tyrone Garland were relied on heavily by Seth Greenburg to rest his starting five. The two bench players were able to step up and keep the offense and defense running smoothly.
With a lack of size on the bench, Allen and Victor Davila had to stay out of foul trouble, and they were able to do so. The Hokies will go as far as Allen and Davila can take them to close the year out.
Virginia Tech played well defensively, forcing key turnovers and tough shots from Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets shot just 32-percent from the field and 21-percent from 3-point range.
Virginia Tech will take on Florida State at 9:30 p.m. in the quarterfinals. Each win will slowly take the Hokies off the bubble, but realistically Virginia Tech needs to win two more games and get into the ACC Championship game to secure an NCAA Tournament.
As the tournament goes on for the Hokies, fatigued legs will become a factor and it will be interesting how Greenburg deals with it by playing his select seven players.