Timing is everything, and being the next team in after Georgia Tech’s narrow loss to Carolina promised to be a tough afternoon.
And it was.
Floppy-haired Matt Causey scored a career-high 30 points (7 for 12 from behind the arc), 18 in the second half, and Anthony Morrow added 17 points as Georgia Tech ended a three-game losing streak to earn its first ACC win.
The Yellow Jackets (8-9, 1-3 ACC) were coming off a heart-breaking 83-82 loss to #1 North Carolina on Wednesday night. Virginia Tech (11-7, 2-2) had won two consecutive games by a point with last-second shots.
The Hokies scored the first 13 points of the second half -- 8 by Malcolm Delaney and 5 by Deron Washington -- to get within three points at 39-36.
Virginia Tech finally tied it at 55 on a 3-point basket by Delaney, but could never take the lead.
Jeremis Smith added 13 points for the Yellow Jackets.
Deron Washington led Virginia Tech with 15 points. Malcolm Delaney and Jeff Allen each added 13 points.
(AP PhotoS/Tami Chappell)