December 29, 2008
Hokies hold off Charleston Southern, 75-66
Delaney, Vassallo score 16 points each
Virginia Tech (9-4, 0-0) 373875
Charleston Southern (5-6, 1-0) 283866
  • North Charleston Coliseum, Charleston, S.C. - 3,315
  • High Points: 16 - Malcolm Delaney, A.D. Vassallo
  • High Rebounds: 8 - Jeff Allen

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C.Virginia Tech defeated Charleston Southern, 75-66, in men’s basketball action Monday night at the North Charleston Coliseum.

The Hokies, now 9-4 on the season, took a 37-28 lead into the intermission and never trailed in the second half, but the Buccaneers were able to keep the game close throughout. Tech hit all six of its free throw attempts in the final 18 seconds of play to hold off the Bucs.

A.D. Vassallo and Malcolm Delaney each scored 16 points to lead the Hokies. J.T. Thompson came off the bench to register a career-high 15 points and Jeff Allen scored 11 points and pulled down eight rebounds in the victory. Delaney added six assists and Allen posted three steals and three blocked shots.

The Bucs, now 5-6 overall, were led by Jamarco Warren, who scored a game-high 22 points, including six three-pointers. Giedrius Knysas came off the bench to score 15 points and Omar Carter added 13 points.

The Bucs were able to keep it close by hitting 11 of their 23 three-point attempts. CSU also held a narrow advantage on the glass, 33-32. Tech hit 18 of 24 from the free throw line, including 14 of 16 from the line in the second half. Tech took good care of the ball in the game, posting a season-low six turnovers, including just two in the first half.

The Hokies played the game without back-up point guard Hank Thorns, who missed his third game with a sprained right knee. Tech also had limited minutes from starting post player Victor Davila, who had a recurrence of an ankle injury.

Tech returns to action on Sunday night, as it opens Atlantic Coast Conference action at Duke. Tip-off is 7:45 p.m., in a game nationally-televised by Fox Sports Net.

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