News 12 @ 6 Saturday Feb. 23, 2008
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) -- A.D. Vassallo scored 27 points and J.T.
Thompson added 13, including several key baskets to quiet Georgia
Tech's attempt to rally in the second half, and Virginia Tech held
off the Yellow Jackets 92-84 today.
The Hokies (16-11, 7-6 Atlantic Coast Conference), coming off a
69-65 victory at Maryland that stopped a three-game slide, led
throughout the second half, but got critical contributions from
Thompson when the Yellow Jackets (11-14, 4-7) threatened.
Virginia Tech used a 14-8 run to open a 65-56 lead with 12
minutes left, but the Yellow Jackets scored the next five points.
The Hokies missed 3 of 4 free throws next time down court, but
Thompson rebounded the last miss and laid it in to make it 68-61.
Thompson also had a dunk for the Hokies' only basket in a 6-2
run for the Yellow Jackets, then added a follow dunk as the trailer
on a fast break when Vassallo missed a layup. That was part of an
8-0 run by Virginia Tech that gave them a 78-67 lead.
The Yellow Jackets, who came in having won three of five road
games in the conference, got no closer than nine until the closing
seconds as the fouls continued to pile up for both teams and the
Hokies made their free throws to maintain their lead.
Malcolm Delaney added 16 points and Deron Washington 10 before
fouling out for the Hokies.