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Delaney injures ankle in win over Longwood

UPDATED | Dec. 31, 3:45 p.m. Virginia Tech guard Malcolm Delaney suffered a bone bruise and a sprain in his ankle on Wednesday in the Hokies' 85-50 win over Longwood in Blacksburg.

An X-ray exam on the ankle indicated that it was not broken but the junior underwent an MRI exam shortly after the game that determined the injury was a sprain, according to a post on Coach Seth Greenberg's Twitter page.

Delaney injured the ankle just one minute into the game. Greenberg said Delaney split two defenders as he was driving to the basket when it appeared that he was tripped. Delaney came out of the game and was unable to return it because of the pain.

"He said he heard something pop," Greenberg said in a telephone interview before the MRI results were available. "His ankle blew up twice the size it’s supposed to be. We just hope there’s good news on the MRI. We will not play him until he’s healthy."

While most Hokies fans attention is on the football team's Chick-fil-A Bowl meeting with Tennessee in Atlanta on Thursday night, the news of the injury to Delaney spread quickly and was met with concern among fans.

Delaney, the Hokies' best player, led the Atlantic Coast Conference in scoring entering Wednesday's game (21.5 points per game). If he is unable to play for an extended period, it could be a big blow to Virginia Tech's season. The Hokies (11-1) are off to their best start since they opened 12-1 in the 1995-96 season.

Virginia Tech plays Seton Hall in Cancun, Mexico, on Saturday. It opens the ACC portion of its schedule at North Carolina on Jan. 10, a layoff that Greenberg seemed thankful for in light of Delaney's injury. Greenberg said the Hokies, who were battered by injuries in the preseason, will not play Delaney until he is fully healthy.

"I’m not going to take a chance," Greenberg said. "We’ll just wait and see."

By Mark Viera  |  December 30, 2009; 5:05 PM ET
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