The Hokies needed to rebound from a 14-point loss to UNC in order to avoid a 0-2 start in the ACC. Seth Greenberg's team did exactly that, as they raced out to a 35-point first-half lead and coasted to an 81-66 win over No. 23 Miami (15-2, 1-2 ACC).
The Hokies (13-2, 1-1 ACC) were in control of the game from the very beginning, rushing out to a 20-5 lead with 13 minutes to go. After DeQuan Jones hit a jumper for Miami with 11:53 remaining to make it 20-7, the 'Canes went ice cold. For the next 8:41, the 'Canes scored four points, all on free throws, and the Hokies extended their lead to 43-13.
The Hurricanes hit their next two three-point attempts after missing their first eight, and the lead "shrunk" to 50-23 at halftime.
The Hokies shot a blistering 62 percent in the first half on 18-of-29 shooting, including a 78 percent clip from from beyond the arc. Miami couldn't find its touch in the first half, shooting only 27 percent on 11-of-26 shooting.
Tech extended their lead to 32 within the first two minutes of the second half, but then went ice cold for the majority of the next 10 minutes. With 15 minutes left, the Hokies led 60-31, but Miami went on a 18-4 run to cut the lead to 64-49 with a little over eight minutes to go. After not having his normal rotation in for the seven-minute run, coach Greenberg put the starters back in to regain the momentum.
The Hokies responded with a mini 9-4 run to put the game out of reach at 73-53 at the final media timeout. Tech ran out the final four minutes and came away with a quality 81-66 victory over a top-25 team at home.
Malcolm Delaney led the Hokies with 28 points and seemed to show no ill effects from his ankle injury a little over two weeks ago. Delaney also has a career-high nine assists in the game.
Terrell Bell had his best game of the season, tying a career-high with 13 points, all in the first half. Bell found his deep stroke early, knocking down all three of his three-point attempts.
Jeff Allen also recorded another double-double, with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Despite shooting only 29 percent in the second half, the Hokies finished shooting 47 percent overall and 43 percent behind the arc. Miami rebounded from their terrible first half, but still shot a woeful 34 percent, including a 6-for-27 clip behind the arc.
The Hokies now head off to Tallahassee to battle the No. 25 Florida State Seminoles (13-4, 1-2 ACC) in a Saturday evening contest. The 'Noles have lost two in a row to Maryland and NC State. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m., and the game will be broadcast on Comcast SportsNet Plus.