Virginia Tech committed 18 turnovers and shot just 39% in a 72-57 at Georgia Tech Tuesday night. The Jackets blew open a close game with a 15-2 run in the game's final 4:29, forcing five VT turnovers.
Surprisingly, the Hokies (13-6, 3-3) led for most of the game before GT (10-9, 3-3) took the lead for good at 55-52 on a three-pointer by Brian Oliver. Oliver was outstanding for the Jackets, scoring 28 points on 11-of-18 shooting, including 4-of-9 from beyond the arc. Oliver sliced through Tech's zone on nearly every occasion, rarely having his shot contested. However, his performance was overshadowed by point guard Iman Shumpert. The junior registered a triple-double with 22 points, 12 rebounds, and 11 assists. He also came just three steals short of a quadruple-double!
However, the best part of Shumpert's game was shutting down Malcolm Delaney. Shumpert played swarming defense, limiting Delaney to 3-of-11 shooting and just eight points. Delaney didn't even make it to the free throw line, his specialty, until there was 2:47 left in the game. Erick Green had his first off night in awhile, missing his final 11 shots after connecting on three of his first four. The sophomore guard tallied nine points, failing to reach double digits for the first time since entering the starting lineup on December 12.