January 22, 2011
Tech takes care of Lancers 70-52
By Jimmy Robertson
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Longwood (7-15) 193352
Virginia Tech (13-5, 3-2 ACC) 294170
  • Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, Va. - 9,847
  • High Points: 23 - Malcolm Delaney
  • High Rebounds: 10 - Jeff Allen

BLACKSBURG – Malcolm Delaney scored 23 points to lift the Virginia Tech Hokies past Longwood 70-52 in a non-conference game at Cassell Coliseum on Saturday night.

The win marked the Hokies’ ninth in their past 10 games and moved them to 13-5 overall on the season. Longwood fell to 7-15.

“I’m just happy it’s over,” Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg said. “I’m happy no one got hurt. I’m happy we scored more points than them. That’s about all I’m happy with.”

The Hokies (13-5) trailed for most of the first 10 minutes, but they closed the first half with a 19-4 run, erasing a five-point deficit to take a 29-19 lead at halftime. The Lancers missed 10 of their final 11 attempts from the floor in the first half.

Longwood (7-15) got as close as five in the second half, 38-33, on a basket by Aaron Mitchell with 12:37 remaining. But the Hokies outscored the Lancers 29-9 over the next eight minutes to take control, with Delaney scoring 10 in that stretch.

“We started getting stops and people started getting mad,” Delaney said, referring to some physical play by the Lancers. “We knew what we had to do to put them away and get out of the game as quick as possible because of how physical the game was. We just wanted to get out of the game.”

The game marked the second in a 48-hour span for Virginia Tech, which won at Maryland on Thursday. The Hokies returned home to face the Lancers and came out sluggish.

“Our kids are tired,” Greenberg said. “We’ve had back-to-back weeks with turnaround games [playing Thursday and Saturday]. They’re just tired. They were emotional and invested a lot in the game on Thursday [a win at Maryland]. Taking nothing away from them [Longwood] because they played really hard, but we didn’t have any energy. You could see that in the beginning.”

Delaney led Virginia Tech, connecting on just 6 of 14 from the floor, but hitting 10 of 12 from the free-throw line. He needs just 42 points to eclipse the 2,000-point mark for his career.

Erick Green added 14 points and five assists for Virginia Tech, who shot 44.6 percent from the floor (25 of 56). Jeff Allen scored just six points, but grabbed 10 rebounds, as the Hokies out-rebounded Longwood 36-29.

“We’ve got to get Jeff Allen more shots,” Greenberg said. “They had an undersized guy on him. We didn’t just want to dribble to a side and throw it in [to Allen]. That’s on me. I did a bad job of making sure he got shots.”

Mitchell and Antwan Carter paced Longwood with 14 points each. The Lancers shot just 37 percent from the floor (17 of 46).

Tech plays its third game in six days when it travels to Atlanta for a Tuesday night game against Georgia Tech. Tip-off is slated for 9 p.m.

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