Mike Scott recorded his fifth double-double of the season, scoring 21 points and pulling down 13 rebounds.
The Hoos jumped on the Hokies early outscoring them by 12 points in the first half and allowing Virginia Tech to shoot only 41 percent for the game. The Hokies managed to pull within two points late in the ballgame until Virginia (5-3, 1-0) center Asane Sene got a layup to go to put Virginia up by four points with just over a minute to play.
"Our guys scrambled well and kind of gutted it out" said Virginia coach Tony Bennett.
After a Victor Davila bucket cut the Cavs lead back to two with under 20 seconds to play, Mike Scott broke deep on the ensuing inbounds play and forced Jeff Allen to intentionality foul him to put the game out of reach.
"Mike Scott basically kicked our tail in the first half and came up with two big plays down the stretch" said Virginia Tech head coach Seth Greenberg.
Freshman guard Joe Harris added 10 points for Virginia and Mustapha Farrakhan scored nine points to go along with five rebounds and five assists. Malcolm Delaney led the Hokies with 26 points and Jeff Allen was the only other Hokie in double-digits scoring 12 points.
Virginia will now return home to face Radford on Tuesday night. Virginia Tech will host Penn State Sunday afternoon.