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Men's Basketball Falls at Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Va.—Virginia Tech junior guard Malcolm Delaney, the nation’s tenth leading scorer, scored 16 of his game-high 17 points in the first half, leading the host Hokies (10-1) to their seventh consecutive victory, a 71-34 win over UMBC at Cassell Coliseum.
Junior post Robbie Jackson (Aberdeen, Md.) led UMBC with 10 points. Freshman wing Brian Neller (Red Bank, N.J.) added nine points, hitting three of six shots from behind the arc.
UMBC missed their first nine shots from the floor and committed seven turnovers before Chris De La Rosa scored the Retrievers’ first points on a short jumper at the 10:52 mark of the first half. Tech started slowly, but guard Malcolm Delaney hit four 3-pt. field goals on five Hokie possessions to increase an 8-0 advantage to 20-2 with 10:07 remaining in the first half.
The Retrievers, who entered play averaging 12.2 turnovers per game, committed 13 in the first half and misfired on 20 of 24 shots.
Delaney was ranked tenth nationally in points per game (22.0) prior to tonight’s contest.