Junior guard Jeff Schneider scored eight points in a 14-5 Virginia Tech streak in the opening minutes of the second half and the Hokies (10-9) went on to hand George Washington (4-13) its seventh straight loss, 92-67, today.
GW fell behind, 32-18, but then outscored VPI, 16-7, late in the first half to trail, 39-34, at intermission.
VPI broke the game open in the first five minutes of the second half, increasing its margin to 53-39.
GW, which had reasonable success against VPI's man-to-man defense in the first half, couldn't handle VPI's shifting man-to-man and zone defense in the second half.
GW, playing without injured guards Wilbert Skipper and Curtis Jeffries, lost the ball frequently and had trouble shooting, averaging 44 percent from the floor. The Colonials had 12 second-half turn overs; VPI had four.
George Washington worked its way back, on the shooting of Randy Davis, Oscar Wilmington and Paul Gracza, to trail by 62-51 with 12 minutes to play. But the Hokies finished off the Colonials with 10 unanswered points in the next 2 1/2 minutes to a take a 72-51 lead with 9:31 remaining.
Reserves played most of the final minutes for VPI.
Dale Solomon had 22 points and Reggie Steppe 19 to lead Tech, which shot 59.7' percent from the floor. Schneider and Calvin Oldham had 12 points each.
The Colonials were led by Gracza with 21 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Davis had 17 points and Wilmington 14.
"We had a chance to break the game open completely in the first half, but didn't, but I thought generally we played well," said VPI Coach Charlie Moir, whose team was trounced, 92-70, by Louisville 24 hours earlier.
"We got real good play for our guards. Steppe and Schneider both had outstanding games. At this stage, it's a good to get a win. We needed one after yesterday."