ATLANTA, JAN. 19 -- Georgia Tech's seesaw season crested again today. Even with a subpar game from scoring leader Kenny Anderson, the Yellow Jackets easily dispensed No. 14 Virginia, 78-51, in an Atlantic Coast Conference game at Alexander Memorial Coliseum.

The Yellow Jackets (10-5, 2-2) combined a strong two-way performance by center Matt Geiger with a stingy defense and balanced scoring to tie the school record for the largest margin of victory against an ACC team. The difference matched last season's 102-75 victory over North Carolina.

Virginia (11-4, 3-2) did not have a player score in double figures and shot 23 percent in the first half, when it did not score in the final 6:27 as Georgia Tech built a 17-point lead.

"About everything that could go wrong did," said first-year Virginia coach Jeff Jones. "We were outhustled. We were outshot. They played good defense and we didn't. They were the aggressors and that was the story of the game."

Virginia had won nine of its 10 previous games and five straight on the road. Georgia Tech was still reeling from two straight conference defeats, including a 98-57 embarrassment at Duke Jan. 9, the second-worst loss in its history. The defeats had dropped Georgia Tech, ranked as high as 14th in late November, out of the top 25.

So it didn't figure the Yellow Jackets would dominate the first half, especially with Anderson sinking just one shot -- after 17:07 had elapsed.

But Geiger, who missed last Sunday's 90-83 loss to N.C. State with an upper respiratory infection, made up much of the difference. The 7-foot center got 10 rebounds and eight points as Georgia Tech took a 34-17 halftime lead. He finished with 12 rebounds and 12 points.

"Coach {Bobby} Cremins said: 'Let's not rebound with them. Let's dominate them,' " said Geiger, a redshirt junior transfer from Auburn who played on a sore ankle, injured at the Sugar Bowl Classic in late December.

"We lost our edge against Duke and in the second half against N.C. State. Blowing Virginia away will boost our confidence a lot. It's a big step in finding our roles. I know mine is to go to the boards, and hopefully some scoring will come along too."

Anderson, who shot one of eight in the first half, woke up to score 19 points in the second half.

Backcourt mate Jon Barry (15 points) made three three-point shots and added a two-pointer during a three-minute span midway through the first half as Georgia Tech jumped ahead 20-8.

Virginia's shooting was only marginally better in the second half. The Cavaliers finished 19 of 63 (30 percent), Georgia Tech 29 of 61 (47 percent).

Georgia Tech's Bryan Hill (13 points) helped shut down Virginia's scoring leader, Bryant Stith, who was held 12 points under his average. Stith, Kenny Turner, John Crotty and Cornel Parker each had nine points.

"We did get after it defensively today," Cremins said. "Last week on the road we didn't have that toughness of defense. I think the kids have been through a lot -- a whipping at Duke and a tough loss at N.C. State."