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Malcolm Delaney gets his stroke back for Hokies

In practice, Virginia Tech's Malcolm Delaney has been the kind of sharpshooting guard that has come to define his career in Blacksburg. But he had not been shooting well in games.

That changed on Tuesday. In the Hokies' 87-83 win over No. 23 Wake Forest, Delaney seemed to reclaim his stroke as he led Virginia Tech with 31 points on 9-of-20 shooting, including 3-of-8 shooting from three-point range.

"I was feeling good," Delaney said after the win. "I was confident today and when I got the first couple to go down for me, it was like, ā€˜Iā€™m kind of feeling it.ā€™ I knew when we went on that run that I had to knock down some shots.ā€

Delaney was responsible for some of the biggest shots of the game. Perhaps none were bigger than a three-pointer with 3 minutes 1 second remaining to give Virginia Tech a 78-74 lead. After that, the Hokies pushed out to an 85-79 lead down the stretch en route to a victory.

The three-pointer put a stamp on Delaney's big night, as he led the Hokies (21-4, 8-3) to a crucial win in their quest for an NCAA tournament bid. The win represented their second over a team ranked in the top 50 of the Rating Percentage Index.

But when looking back at Delaney's season, it could be best remember as the night he reclaimed his shooting touch.

By Mark Viera  |  February 17, 2010; 10:00 AM ET
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