Delaney's 31 propel Va. Tech past No. 23 Wake

February 17, 2010|By From Sun news services

Malcolm Delaney (Towson Catholic) scored 10 of his 31 points in the decisive final seven minutes Tuesday night and host Virginia Tech rallied past No. 23 Wake Forest, 87-83.

The Hokies (21-4, 8-3) remained unbeaten in 14 home games this season, moved into second place in the Atlantic Coast Conference and got the kind of victory they sorely need to help offset one of the nation's weakest nonconference schedules.

Wake Forest (18-6, 8-4), which moved into the Top 25 for the first time this week, led most of the game until a 15-4 run pulled the Hokies even with 8:30 to play.

Then Delaney got hot and the Hokies held on for their fifth consecutive victory.

"I was feeling good," said Delaney, the ACC's scoring leader with a 21.2 average.

"I've been shooting good. The last couple games, I haven't been hitting shots, but I've been shooting good when I've been working out. I was confident today, and when I got the first couple going down, then it was like, 'I'm kind of feeling it.' I had to hit some shots."

Georgia Tech 68, North Carolina 51: Freshman Derrick Favors shook off a scoring slump with 13 points and the host Yellow Jackets beat the Tar Heels in the 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) ended a two-game losing streak and completed its first regular-season sweep of North Carolina since 1995-96. The Yellow Jackets are 5-1 at home but 1-5 on the road in ACC games.

North Carolina (14-12, 3-8) fell to 2-8 in its past 10 games, with its only wins in that span coming against North Carolina State.

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