Men's Basketball ACCtion: Tuesday, February 16

Feb. 17, 2010

Hokies rally in the second half to knock off Wake Forest

BLACKSBURG – Virginia Tech shot 51.6 percent in the second half and rallied from 11 points down with just over 12 minutes to go to knock off No. 23 Wake Forest 87-83 in an ACC game played Tuesday night at Cassell Coliseum.

The win enabled the Hokies to move to 21-4 overall on the season, 8-3 in the ACC, and Tech moved to a perfect 14-0 at home this season. In addition, the Hokies won their fifth straight ACC game – the first time they’ve won five straight conference games since the school joined the league.

Tech trailed Wake Forest 61-50 after two free throws by Wake’s Al-Farouq Aminu with 12:31 remaining in the game. But the Hokies embarked on a 20-8 run and took a 70-69 lead on a Malcolm Delaney 3-pointer with 6:44 left.

Wake Forest (18-6, 8-4) managed to recapture the lead a little more than two minutes later when L.D. Williams scored on a dunk with 4:13 to go. That gave the Deacons a slim 74-73 lead.

But Delaney answered with a lay-up at the 3:41 mark and that gave the Hokies the lead for good. Delaney drained a big 3-pointer 41 seconds later and JT Thompson’s two free throws with 2:35 to go capped a 7-0 Tech run that gave Tech an 80-74 lead.

Delaney, the ACC’s leading scorer, paced Tech with a game-high 31 points, hitting 9-for-20 from the floor, including 3-for-8 from beyond the 3-point arc. He also hit 10 of 13 from the free-throw line and tied a career high with nine rebounds. Dorenzo Hudson added 21 points – including eight in that 20-8 run – and seven rebounds for the Hokies, while Thompson had 16 points and five rebounds off the bench. Terrell Bell grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds and tied a career high with four blocked shots for Tech, which out-rebounded the bigger Demon Deacons 47-38.

Aminu finished with 11 rebounds, eight offensive. Williams added 19 points for the Demon Deacons, while Smith scored 18 and dished out eight assists.

Georgia Tech Defeats North Carolina, 68-51

ATLANTA (AP) - Freshman Derrick Favors shook off a scoring slump with 13 points and Georgia Tech beat North Carolina 68-51 on Tuesday night in the Tar Heels' lowest scoring game in the Roy Williams era.

North Carolina's previous scoring low in Williams' seven seasons as coach came in a 64-54 loss to Duke on Feb. 10. The Tar Heels also set Williams-era lows for points in a half after trailing 41-21 at halftime.

Georgia Tech (18-8, 6-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) ended a two-game losing streak and completed its first regular-season sweep of the Tar Heels since 1995-96. The Yellow Jackets are 5-1 at home, but 1-5 on the road in ACC games.