The Hokies, now 7-4 overall, trailed early in the first half, but scored 15 of the last 17 points of the first period and took a 28-20 lead into the half.
Malcolm Delaney led the Hokies with 25 points, including 15 points in the first half. He also grabbed a career-high nine rebounds and had four assists. A.D. Vassallo scored 16 points, 13 points coming after the intermission. He also grabbed nine rebounds and handed out four assists. Jeff Allen was the third Hokie in double figures, with 13 points and three blocked shots. Joe Bova scored 13 points and Jason Miller had 12 points off the bench to lead the Lions.
The Hokies saw the return of sophomore forward J.T. Thompson, who had missed the first nine games of the season following surgery on Nov. 14 to correct a hernia. He also missed the last game due to a sprain in his left foot. Tech played the game without back-up point guard Hank Thorns, who suffered a first-degree sprain of the medial collateral ligament in his right knee in practice on Wednesday. He is not expected to play on Sunday.
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