CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Devon Hall had 17 points, nine rebounds and four assists, and No. 9 Virginia beat rival Virginia Tech 71-48 on Wednesday night.
Isaiah Wilkins added a career-high 15 points and nine rebounds, and London Perrantes scored 14 for the Cavaliers (17-4, 7-2 Atlantic Coast Conference). It was their first game since losing on a tip-in at the buzzer against defending national champion Villanova on Sunday.
The Hokies (16-6, 5-5) got 14 points from Seth Allen and 12 from Zach LeDay, but were held 33 points below their season average by the nation's stingiest scoring defense. Virginia Tech became the sixth team held under 50 points by the Cavaliers this season.
Virginia scored the first 10 points of the game, led by as many as 15 in the first half and by 35-21 at halftime. They pushed the lead as high as 19 early in the second half before an 8-0 run by the Hokies pulled them to 52-41 with 8:42 left. Virginia scored the next nine points.
The Hokies played the game with retired Hall of Fame football coach Frank Beamer joining them on the bench throughout.
Virginia Tech: The Hokies have vastly improved under coach Buzz Williams and began the night over .500 in the ACC after nine league games for the first time since the 2010-11 season. But winning on the road is often the hardest thing to learn for a team on the rise.
Virginia: The continuing emergence of willing and capable scorers bodes well for the Cavaliers. Virginia freshman Ty Jerome took it upon himself to take the big shot late against Villanova, and Wilkins has scored in double figures in three straight and four of his last five games.
The Hokies have some time to work on things before trying to get their road game going at Miami next Wednesday night.
Virginia goes back on the road for a game against Syracuse on Saturday at noon.