PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas – Virginia Tech jumped out to a 17-point halftime lead and never looked back in defeating Mississippi State, 88-57, in the second game of the Battle at Atlantis in the Imperial Arena at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas on Saturday night.
MSU scored the game’s first two points for its only lead of the contest. Tech’s lead swelled to as many as 33 points in the second half. The Bulldogs cut Tech’s lead to 49-34 with 18:35 remaining in the game, but Tech pushed the lead back out to 20 points with 13:55 remaining on a lay-up by Jeff Allen and Tech’s lead never again fell below 20 points.
Virginia Tech, now 6-4 on the season, placed five players in double figures in the win. Malcolm Delaney led all scorers with 19 points and Dorenzo Hudson came off the bench with 17 points. Allen recorded his second straight double double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Erick Green scored 11 points and Manny Atkins came off the bench with a career-high 10 points. Renardo Sidney and Ravern Johnson scored 12 points each for the Bulldogs, now 7-3 on the season.
The Hokies outrebounded the taller Bulldogs, 39-24, including 13 offensive rebounds. Tech forced MSU into 16 turnovers and the Hokies recorded assists on 17 of their 30 made field goals.
The 31-point margin of victory is the largest of the season for Tech and the largest by any Virginia Tech basketball team since a 72-30 win over North Carolina Central last season.
All 11 Hokies that dressed saw action and nine of the 11 players scored in the game. Tech returns to action on Thursday night, as they will play St. Bonaventure in Rochester, N.Y. Tip-off is a 7 p.m.
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