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March 17, 2010
BLACKSBURG - Malcolm Delaney scored 19 of his game-high 25 points in the first half to lead Virginia Tech past Quinnipiac 81-61 in a first-round NIT game Wednesday night at Cassell Coliseum.
With the win, the Hokies moved to 24-8 overall on the season and advanced to the second round, where they will meet Connecticut at Cassell on Monday night at 7 p.m. Tech also improved to 12-2 in NIT games played at Cassell and 22-8 overall in the NIT.
The Hokies shook off the disappointment of not making the NCAA Tournament by holding the Bobcats to 38.1 percent shooting from the floor (24-for-63) and out-rebounding one of the nation's best rebounding teams (42-30). Quinnipiac came into this one ranked No. 1 nationally in rebounding margin (+9.2).