VIRGINIA TECH 59, GEORGIA TECH 43 – Malcolm Delaney scored 15 points and Virginia Tech beat Georgia Tech on Thursday night in the first round of the ACC tournament.
Jeff Allen added 14 points and 11 rebounds for the sixth-seeded Hokies (20-10), who never trailed.
They shot nearly 47 percent on 22-of-47 shooting, raced out to an early 19-point lead and made it stand, snapping the irksome two-game losing streak that brought their NCAA tournament candidacy into question.
Virginia Tech gets another chance to make a case for a spot in the field of 68 on Friday night against third-seeded Florida State in the quarterfinals.
Glen Rice Jr. scored 14 points to lead 11th-seeded Georgia Tech (13-18). The Yellow Jackets hit a few late shots to avoid their season-low shooting percentage—they finished 17 of 53 (32 percent)—but their two-game winning streak was halted.