November 12, 2010
Hokies down Campbell in season opener
By Jimmy Robertson
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Campbell (0-1) 263460
(21) Virginia Tech (1-0) 412970
  • Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, Va. - 9,806
  • High Points: 20 - Malcolm Delaney
  • High Rebounds: 14 - Jeff Allen

BLACKSBURG - Malcolm Delaney scored 20 points and Jeff Allen recorded a double-double as the No. 21-ranked Virginia Tech Hokies got the season started on a good note with a 70-60 non-conference victory over Campbell University at Cassell Coliseum on Friday night.

The Hokies, who entered a season ranked for the first time since 1995, are now 8-0 in openers under head coach Seth Greenberg.

Delaney, the ACC’s leading scorer a year ago at better than 20 points per game, hit just 3-of-9 from the floor, including 3-of-8 from beyond the 3-point arc against Campbell's zone defense. But he made all 11 of his free-throw attempts.

“I don’t think we’ve had a great opener since I’ve been here,” Delaney said. “But playing against their zone for 40 minutes, I thought we did okay. We’ve got to get more stops on defense. But for the most part, I thought we did a good job.”

Terrell Bell scored a career-high 17 points, while Allen recorded his 28th career double-double with 11 points and 14 rebounds.

The Hokies (1-0), who started off a season ranked for the first time since 1995, led by just two points, 24-22, after Campbell’s Lorne Merthie drained a 3-pointer with 5:17 left in the first half. But Delaney hit two free throws to start a 17-4 run to close the half and that allowed the Hokies to open a 41-26 bulge at the break.

Campbell cut that lead to seven, 52-45, on a basket by Eric Griffin with 11:18 remaining. But the Hokies were too much down the stretch. They scored the next 11 points – five by Delaney – to take a 16-point lead and never looked back.

“I liked how we played from the 16-minute mark to the end of the first half,” Tech coach Seth Greenberg said. “We were unselfish. We defended the ball and really kept it in front of us.

“But I was very disappointed in the second half. Our commitment to defense was atrocious. We got lazy, we got out of our stance, and they were patient.”

Tech shot 42.3 percent from the floor but won primarily because of its dominance on the boards. Paced by Allen, the Hokies out-rebounded Campbell 41-24.

The Hokies continue play next Tuesday night when they travel to Manhattan, Kan., for a showdown with No. 3 Kansas State. Tipoff for the game is slated for 4 p.m.

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