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Hudson steps up for Hokies

Virginia Tech relies on guard Malcolm Delaney as its most consistent scoring option, while forward Jeff Allen is its other dangerous scoring threat. It has still been trying to find a consistent third offensive presence.

But it was promising for Hokies fans to see guard Dorenzo Hudson's play on Wednesday. In the Hokies' 98-73 win over Virginia Military Institute, Hudson scored a career-high 24 points on 10-for-18 shooting. His previous high in a regulation game was 11 points.

“Seeing Dorenzo finish some plays was really encouraging for us," Coach Seth Greenberg said, "and I think it’s going to boost his confidence.”

Greenberg has urged Hudson to play more of a “city game,” meaning he wanted Hudson to be more aggressive and attack the rim.

On Wednesday, Hudson showed played with the kind of verve Greenberg had preached. Hudson, who is 6 feet 5, had a handful of gritty offensive plays against VMI.

He attacked the basket, and eight of his 10 field goals were layups or dunks against the Keydets' press defense that allows such easy shot opportunities. But Hudson was also able to draw fouls off of VMI's big men on gutsy drives along the baseline.

“I need more of that out of him," Greenberg said, "an attacking play, rather than just a spot-up shooter."

Hudson said: “I feel like I just needed to come out here and score points and kind of get myself rolling for the rest of the season. Right now, I feel like I’ve kind of got it going. So I’m excited to see what I can do in the next couple games.“

Delaney hurts thumb

Guard Malcolm Delaney iced an injured right thumb, on his shooting hand, after the Hokies win over VMI on Wednesday. The severity of the injury was not known.

Delaney said it was an off night for him after he shot 3 of 14 against the Keydets, including 1 of 3 on three-pointers. “It’s really bothering him,” Coach Seth Greenberg said of Delaney's thumb.

By Mark Viera  |  December 11, 2009; 5:02 PM ET
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