18-4 Opening Run Lifts Hokies
BLACKSBURG, Va. - A.D. Vassallo scored 15 of his 22 points in the first half and Virginia Tech opened the game with an 18-4 run and didn't let mistake-prone Florida State get within single digits until too late in an 89-80 victory Tuesday night. The Hokies (13-8, 4-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), coming off a road victory at Boston College on Saturday, led 42-24 at the half and by no fewer than 11 for most of the second half until Florida State closed to within five in the final minutes. The Hokies clinched it at the free throw line, going 22-for-31 in the second half. The Seminoles (13-9, 2-5), made eight of 11 from 3-point territory in the second half to make it interesting, but lost for the fifth time in six games. The Seminoles hurt their cause by committing 22 turnovers.Virginia Tech was 33-for-45 from the line overall. Hank Thorns added 15 points, Deron Washington had 14 and 10 rebounds, Malcolm Delaney scored 13 and J.T. Thompson 11 for the Hokies. Jeff Allen, who returned from a two-game suspension for making contact with an official in a loss at Georgia Tech, did not start for Virginia Tech, played 19 minutes and scored seven points. Jason Rich led Florida State with 22 points, and Ralph Mims had 17. Vassallo outscored the Seminoles 8-7 in the first 10 minutes as Florida State made just three of 11 shots and turned the ball over five times. The Hokies led 18-4 until Toney Douglas hit the first of back-to-back 3-pointers.