Posted: Tuesday, January 25th 2011 at 11:51pm
Tech men take out Hokies in Atlanta
By The Associated Press
ATLANTA -- Brian Oliver scored 28 points, Iman Shumpert had a triple-double and Georgia Tech continued its strong home play by beating Virginia Tech 72-57 on Tuesday night.
Shumpert had 22 points with game-high totals of 12 rebounds and 11 assists. He added seven steals, another high mark for the game.
Georgia Tech (10-9, 3-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) improved to 8-2 at home, including 3-0 in ACC games at Alexander Memorial Coliseum.
Shumpert's triple-double was the first for Georgia Tech since Kenny Anderson against Pittsburgh on Dec. 28, 1989.
Virginia Tech (13-6, 3-3) suffered only its second loss in its last 11 games. Jeff Allen had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Hokies.
Georgia Tech had its biggest lead at 62-55 when Malcolm Delaney made two free throws for the Hokies with 2:47 remaining. A turnover by Georgia Tech's Glen Rice gave Virginia Tech an opening, but the Hokies gave the ball back and then had another turnover on their next possession.
Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg paced in front of his bench in frustration after the mistakes ended the Hokies' last hope for a comeback.
Delaney, averaging 18.9 points, scored only eight points. Victor Davila had 13.
Georgia Tech has consistently struggled to defend the 3-point shot this season, ranking last in the ACC for all games. The Yellow Jackets have been especially susceptible to 3-point shots in ACC games, as opponents have made 45.3 percent of long-range shots.
For most of the game, Virginia Tech couldn't find the same success from outside that other teams have enjoyed against the Yellow Jackets.
The Hokies relied on the inside play of Allen and Davila while going without a 3 for the first 31 minutes.
Finally, with 8:27 remaining, Terrell Bell gave Virginia Tech its first 3 with a shot that tied the game at 52. It was the Hokies' only 3-pointer of the night. Virginia Tech finished 1 for 11 on 3s.
Oliver answered quickly with a 3 for Georgia Tech. Oliver had four 3s, including three in the final 10 minutes when the Yellow Jackets took the lead.
With Georgia Tech leading 57-55, Shumpert's steal and basket pushed the advantage to four points. Oliver followed with another 3 for a 62-55 lead with 3:43 remaining.
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