Junior guard Justin Robinson scored 18 points and Virginia Tech shot almost 53 percent from the floor in a 76-56 win over Georgia Tech on Saturday at McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta.
The Hokies made 28 of 53 shots, including 8 of 16 on 3-pointers, and were shooting 62 percent until late in the second half when they emptied the bench. Virginia Tech’s 20-point winning margin was its widest in an Atlantic Coast Conference game this season and the largest since beating Maryland-Eastern Shore by 53 points on Dec. 10.
Virginia Tech (19-8, 8-6) has won six of its last eight games and remains in sixth place in the conference. Georgia Tech (11-16, 4-10) has lost five straight and nine of last 10 games, good for 13th place in the 15-team league.
Robinson was 4 for 5 from the field and 7 for 8 from the line and had four assists. Nickell Alexander-Walker added 14 points and six rebounds and Justin Bibbs added 10 points and four assists. Kerry Blackshear Jr. had a team-high eight rebounds.
Georgia Tech was led by Tadric Jackson with 17 points. Josh Okogie added 10 points, despite shooting just 2 for 14 from the floor. The Yellow Jackets got a team-leading eight rebounds from freshman Moses Wright.
The game began at break-neck speed, with Virginia Tech making four 3-pointers and Georgia Tech making three — all from Jackson — before the first media break, when the Hokies led 18-14.
The Hokies used a 7-0 run to seize the momentum, and a 3-pointer from Alexander-Walker stretched the lead to 37-24 with 4:11 left. Virginia Tech closed with a 6-0 run and led 43-29 at intermission.
Virginia Tech didn’t ease up in the second half, outscoring Georgia Tech 21-3 over the first eight minutes to take a 64-32 lead.
The Hokies scored 24 points on fast breaks, thanks to nine steals, scored 38 points in the paint and outrebounded the Yellow Jackets 36-30.
The loss was the second-worst of the ACC season for the Yellow Jackets, who lost to Louisville by 23 points on Feb. 8.
—Field Level Media