Men's Basketball ACCtion: Thursday, December 30

Dec. 30, 2010

Virginia Tech Posts Fourth Straight Win, 64-53

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Jeff Allen posted his third double-double in four games with 16 points and 15 rebounds and Malcolm Delaney added 17 points and five assists to lead Virginia Tech to its fourth straight victory, a 64-53 decision over USC Upstate in a midday game at Cassell Coliseum Thursday.

Trailing by seven with 5:30 left in the first half, the Hokies turned up their defensive pressure, forcing the Spartans into just 2-of-9 shooting from the floor, including 0-for-4 from three, and six turnovers. To that point, USC Upstate had hit 10-of-19 shots, 5-of-8 from three, and committed just three turnovers.

"Not having numbers to practice is killing our ability to defend for long periods of time and it's killing our defensive transition," said Virginia Tech head coach Seth Greenberg. "Obviously, if you don't have same numbers, it's not going to be easy. If you had Allan Chaney, JT Thompson, Dorenzo Hudson, I'd think we would have more options and our practices would be better.

That defensive charge helped the Hokies close out the first on a 13-2 run to go into the locker rooms with a 34-29 advantage. Within five minutes of the second, they pushed their lead into double figures when Allen scored on a lay-up with 15:34 left in the contest.

Four 'Canes in Double Figures in 94-59 Rout of Pepperdine

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) - Malcolm Grant scored 22 points to lead Miami to a 94-59 victory over Pepperdine on Thursday night.

Miami (11-3) never trailed as Grant hit three early 3-pointers to help the Hurricanes build a 27-13 lead with 8:43 remaining in the first half.

The Waves (5-11) reduced the margin with a 10-2 run in the next 4:05. Keion Bell's two free throws capped the spurt and cut Miami's lead to 29-23 with 4:38 left.

Miami responded with 12 points behind 3-pointers from Durand Scott and Adrian Thomas. Thomas' 3-pointer with 49 seconds left in the half increased the Hurricanes' lead to 43-23.

Grant was one of four Hurricanes who scored in double figures. Scott finished with 15 points and Reggie Johnson scored 12 points and grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds for his eighth double-double of the season and his third over the last four games. Erik Swoope scored 11 of his career-high 13 points in the second half.

Cavaliers Fall to Iowa State, 60-47

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Jamie Vanderbeken made five 3-pointers and scored a career-high 24 points Thursday night, leading Iowa State to a 60-47 victory at struggling Virginia.

The Cyclones (12-2) won their sixth in a row, in part because the 6-foot-11 Vanderbeken burned Virginia repeatedly from outside, hitting 5 of 8 3-point shots. It helped that the Cavaliers couldn't make anything. They missed 21 of their first 24 and finished 20 for 62.

Scott Christopherson added 14 points and Melvin Ejim 10 for the Cyclones.

K.T. Harrell led Virginia (8-5) with nine points.

The Cyclones led 24-15 at halftime and a basket by Mustapha Farrakhan 17 seconds into the second half made it a seven-point game. But Vanderbeken and Christopherson each hit two 3-pointers in a 14-0 burst and the offensively-challenged Cavaliers never caught up.