Hokies dominate Terps, 74-57
Erick Green scored a career-high 24 points to make Maryland pay for its attention on Malcolm Delaney, and Virginia Tech was able to hold the Terps’ Jordan Williams in check in posting a surprisingly easy 74-57 win at the Comcast Center on Thursday.
Green was 12-of-16 from the field, and was equally dangerous in both halves – going 7-for-10 in the first half and 5-for-6 in the second half. Maryland’s defense was focused at the outset on Delaney, who recorded seven assists on the night and finished with a quiet 19 points.
Tech (12-5, 3-2 ACC) jumped out to a 12-0 lead out of the gate and never trailed. The Hokies’ lead was 40-29 at the half and grew to 17 early in the second half before Maryland (11-7, 1-3 ACC) went on an extended run to cut the margin to eight at 61-53 with 7:15 to go. Virginia Tech outscored Maryland 13-4 down the stretch to seal the victory.
Williams, who entered the game averaging 18.1 points per contest, was held to 11 points on 4-of-9 shooting from the field in 36 minutes as the Hokies went to a zone defense for long stretches to keep the ball out of his hands in the post.