BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) -- Coleman Collins scored 20 points and
Bryant Matthews had 14 and 10 rebounds Wednesday night, lifting
surprising Virginia Tech to an 80-65 victory against Georgetown and
a rare two-game winning streak in the Big East.
The Hokies (10-10, 3-6 Big East), coming off a 69-57 victory
against No. 24 Providence followed by a weeklong break, led 36-27
at halftime and shot 50 percent after halftime and converted 20 of
28 free throws to keep the Hoyas from rallying.
Georgetown (13-7, 4-6) closed to within 51-44 with 13:06 to
play, but two baskets by Collins and a 3-pointer by Zabian Dowdell
gave the Hokies a 7-0 response and the lead never got below eight
again as Virginia Tech also dominated the backboards, 37-26.
Dowdell had 15 points, including 13 in the second half, and
added six rebounds and four assists. Markus Sailes scored 12 and
Jamon Gordon 11 for the Hokies.
Gerald Riley led the Hoyas with 24 points and Brandon Bowman had
Matthews, the Big East scoring leader with a 23.6 average, was
limited to 24 minutes by foul trouble. He also had four steals,
also improving his league-best 2.47 average.
Colorado State graduate transfer John Gillon has chosen Syracuse, giving the Orange a potential starter at point guard entering the 2016-17 season.
DeSean Murray, who averaged 20.2 points as a sophomore at Presbyterian, will transfer to Auburn to play for coach Bruce Pearl.
Former Kentucky guard Ed Davender, the only Wildcat with at least 1,500 points and 400 assists, has died. He was 49.