Hokies Crush Mount St. Mary’s

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Virginia Tech annihilated Mount St. Mary’s 99-34 in Cassell Coliseum on Sunday afternoon, and set several records in the process. The Hokies are 9-4 following the victory, and the Mountaineers dropped to 3-12.

Tech limited Mount St. Mary’s to just 17% from the floor, a school record. The 65 point margin of victory was second highest in school history, and the highest in Cassell Coliseum. The Hokies shot 69.2% from the field, which also broke a Virginia Tech record.

Erick Green paced the Hokies with 17 points on 6-of-7 shooting. He had four assists and two steals in 23 minutes. Leading scorer Malcolm Delaney didn’t have to do much. He finished with 12 points and five assists in 23 minutes.

Jeff Allen had a great game after staying out of foul trouble again. Allen finished with 14 points, 12 rebounds, four steals, three assists and two blocks in 24 minutes of action. Manny Atkins finished with 12 points, a career high, and freshman point guard Ty Garland also had a career high 16 points.

Mount St. Mary’s had 25 turnovers, including 15 steals by the Hokies. Manny Atkins had a career high five steals, and the Hokies converted the turnovers into 39 points. Terrell Bell also had a career high five blocks, as the Mountaineers made just nine field goals in the game.

Virginia Tech doesn’t have much of a bench left, but two walk-ons were able to get minutes. Senior guard Paul Debnam had seven points, four rebounds and two assists in 13 minutes, and this game was such a blowout that Debnam was in the game late in the first half. A recent addition to the team, power forward Andrew Griffin, had two points, one rebound and one block in eight minutes.

This game was a blowout from start to finish, with the Hokies leading by as many as 72 points (94-22) with 5:15 left in the game. It was Tech’s fifth consecutive victory after losing three in a row to UNLV, Purdue and UVA.

The Hokies will now take the rest of the week off before Florida State comes to town for a big ACC matchup next Saturday, January 8. Tip-off is scheduled for 3pm, and the game will be televised by ESPN2.

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