ACC Basketball: Virginia Tech 76, Georgia Tech 71

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 12, 2009

Associated Press
BLACKSBURG, Va. ó Malcolm Delaney scored nine of his 23 points in a four-minute stretch late in the second half and Virginia Tech extended a three-point lead to as many as 12 Wednesday night to hang on and beat struggling Georgia Tech, 76-71.
A.D. Vassallo added 18 points and Jeff Allen had 15 and nine rebounds for the Hokies (16-7, 6-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), who won their second straight after losing two in a row.
It was the third consecutive loss and the eighth in nine games for the Yellow Jackets (10-13, 1-9).
Gani Lawal led Georgia Tech with 23 points and eight rebounds and Alade Aminu scored 13.
The Hokies opened their biggest lead at 50-37 on two free throws by Cheick Diakite with 14:54 left, then got sloppy. They turned it over on five consecutive possessions without getting off a shot as the Yellow Jackets scored 10 straight points to close to within 50-47.
The Hokies’ lead was still three with nine minutes left before Vassallo hit a 3-pointer and two free throws, Delaney hit six consecutive free throws.