A perfect start to the game, though, led to a perfect ending.
Kammeon Holsey scored all 13 of his points in the first half to lift Georgia Tech to a 64-54 victory over Virginia Tech on Saturday.
Marcus Georges-Hunt added 13 for the Yellow Jackets (13-9, 3-7 Atlantic Coast Conference), who won a true road game for the first time this season, ending a five-game losing skid. They also won in Blacksburg for the first time in eight attempts, and they snapped a four-game losing streak to the Hokies, avenging a 70-65 overtime loss on Jan. 12.
“We’re a much better team than when we played them,” Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory said. “I’m proud of our guys. I think we’ve played competitively in every game but one. We’re making progress.”
The Hokies (11-12, 2-8) hit just six shots in the first half and shot 20.7 percent.
Virginia Tech cut the lead to 60-52 on Erick Green’s runner with 31.6 seconds left in the game, but the Yellow Jackets held on.
Mfon Udofia made four consecutive free throws over the final 31 seconds to seal the win.
“We just came out on the road and stayed positive,” Holsey said. “We were searching to get a win and make some noise in the ACC. We stayed mentally focused. In the second half, we didn’t make many shots, but our defense and our rebounding kept us in the game. Even though Virginia Tech made a run, we were able to keep our composure and put an ‘L’ on them.”
Green, who hit 9 of 20 from the floor and 8 of 9 from the free-throw line, came out of the game with 31 seconds remaining because of dehydration and had to be helped to the locker room after the game. But Virginia Tech’s sports medicine staff said he was fine.
“He was really worn down. He wasn’t wearing down. He was worn down,” Johnson said. “He was out of gas. I’d say he was out of gas and out of fumes. He had nothing in the tank. He’s in unbelievable shape, but three or four games ago, I saw the wear down in him and I didn’t know if it would get to this point, but he’s having to do so much for this team. . It’s kind of caught up with him.”
The rest of the Hokies combined to shoot 10 of 42. Virginia Tech shot a season-low 30.6 percent (19 of 62).