ATLANTA -- Malcolm Delaney tied a season high with 32 points and Jeff Allen had 17 points with 10 rebounds to help Virginia Tech win its second straight game with an 88-82 victory over Georgia Tech on Saturday.
The Hokies (23-7, 10-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) are assured of a first-round bye in the league tournament next week in Greensboro, N.C. They stayed in a tie for fourth with Florida State.
Georgia Tech (19-11, 7-9) has lost two straight and five of seven to put itself in danger of missing the NCAA tournament for the sixth time in 10 seasons under coach Paul Hewitt.
A foot injury to Virginia Tech guard Dorenzo Hudson kept the Hokies' second-leading scorer on the bench in street clothes as he missed his first game in three seasons.