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Turnovers surface in Hokies' victory

Earlier this year, Virginia Tech Coach Seth Greenberg credited his team's ability to take care of the basketball as a key to why it was winning. But that fell by the wayside on Saturday.

In a 73-50 win over Charleston Southern, the Hokies committed a season-high 19 turnovers. And afterward, Greenberg was predictably frustrated with Virginia Tech's ball handling, particularly by guard Malcolm Delaney, who uncharacteristically had seven turnovers.

"Very disappointed with the way we handled the basketball," Greeenberg said. "We were just careless. Malcolm had seven turnovers. Of those seven turnovers, there probably wasn't one that was forced. We eliminated those turnovers, we probably took pretty decent care of the ball."

The Hokies had taken good care of the ball before Saturday night, averaging only 10.9 turnovers a game.

"We can't survive turning the ball over 19 times," Greenberg said.

Delaney is Virginia Tech's best player and its most potent offensive weapon. He is a dangerous shooter from the point guard spot but also takes care of the ball on most nights. Three times this year he has had only one turnover. His previous season high was four turnovers, which has happened in three games.

But on Saturday, Delaney became flustered at times by Charleston Southern as it took advantage of his careless mistakes handling the ball, particularly late in the first half. The Buccaneers had 20 points off turnovers; they took especially large chunks from the Hokies' lead in the latter portion of the opening half.

"We got careless with the ball, which led to easy scores for them," Greenberg said. "We didn't do a very good job of defensive transition during that period."

By Mark Viera  |  December 21, 2009; 1:22 PM ET
 
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