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Malcolm Delaney Injures Ankle, Hokies Roll Over Longwood

ATLANTA - MARCH 13:  Malcolm Delaney #23 of the Virginia Tech Hokies reacts to play against the North Carolina Tar Heels during day two of the 2009 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament on March 13, 2009 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Justin CatesCorrespondent IDecember 30, 2009

Virginia Tech starting point guard Malcolm Delaney was injured after just one minute of play Wednesday afternoon in Blacksburg against Longwood.

Delaney was driving to the basket when he was knocked to the floor and in obvious pain.

X-rays were negative and results of an MRI are pending. At this point it appears to be an ankle sprain. Delaney returned to the bench in the second half on crutches and wearing a protective boot.

As for the rest of the game, the Hokies rallied and played well against an outmatched Longwood team winning 85-50.

Tech got plenty of playing time for freshman guard Erick Green who posted a career-high 15 points on 6-10 shooting and fellow freshman Ben Boggs added 10 points and four rebounds.

Rarely used walk-on senior Paul Debnam got his most significant playing time as well, scoring six points and pulling down two rebounds.

With the win, the Hokies are now 11-1 as they prepare to travel to Cancun, Mexico for a neutral site game against Seton Hall.

Seton Hall is a strong 9-3 coming off a near upset of No. 5 Syracuse.

As of post game, Hokie head coach Seth Greenberg was uncertain how much, if any Delaney would be able to play Saturday.   

UPDATE

Per Seth Greenberg's Twitter feed, the MRI on Delaney was negative. It's a bone bruise and sprained ankle. The team will proceed with caution.

 

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