BLACKSBURG, Virginia (Ticker) -- This was hardly what George Blaney wanted in his coaching debut for Connecticut.
Carlos Dixon scored 21 points and Terry Taylor added 19 as Virginia Tech cruised to a 95-74 rout of Big East Conference foe and 17th-ranked Connecticut, which played its first game without coach Jim Calhoun.
"We just came out and played," Taylor said. "There's no pressure (on us). Everyone expects us to do bad. But we just came out and had fun and played."
Blaney is serving as the interim coach for the Huskies (13-5, 4-3 Big East East) in place of Calhoun, who is set to undergo surgery for prostate cancer on Thursday.
Blaney has been a coach in Division I for 25 seasons, including three in the Big East with Seton Hall from 1994-97. Blaney posted a 38-48 record with the Pirates.
"We were so bad offensively that I can't explain it," Blaney said. "I'd love to say it was great defense, but I think a lot of it was bad offense. We didn't get the ball inside, we didn't get behind the zone and we didn't complete plays."
The Huskies hit less than 35 percent from the field (21-of-61) and made just over 21 percent from 3-point range (4-of-19). UConn turned the ball over 19 times.
Meanwhile, the Hokies recorded their first win over a ranked opponent since December 28, 1995, when they beat Virginia in Roanoke, 72-64.
Dixon nailed four 3-pointers and he converted all seven free throws as Virginia Tech (9-11, 2-5 Big East West) recorded its first win in six all-time meetings with Connecticut and snapped its three-game skid overall. The Hokies entered off an 89-58 loss at Providence in its last game.
"I thought we showed a lot of heart and a lot of fire," Hokies coach Ricky Stokes said. "We came in ready to play and it was nice to see our players show the fight that I knew they had in them."
The Hokies were leading by two early when they embarked on a 19-6 run. Bryant Matthews, who tallied six during the surge, capped the burst with a fast-break dunk and opened a 36-21 cushion for Virginia Tech with 4:14 left in the first half.
Eric Branham then hit from the arc just before the buzzer to give the Hokies a 44-28 lead at halftime. The Huskies never threatened thereafter.
Freshman guard Rashad Anderson paced Connecticut with 22 points off the bench. But the Huskies dropped their fourth in the last six games.
Taylor had a big game for the second time this season against Huskies center Emeka Okafor, who had a fairly quiet night with 12 points, eight rebounds and six blocks. Okafor did not reach double figures until more than two minutes were left in the game.
"We knew Tech was talented and dangerous," Blaney said. "They're a different team when they play here. They got on a roll, made some shots and pounded us."
UConn star guard Ben Gordon finished with 13 points on 3-of-11 shooting and missed all five 3-pointers. Point guard Taliek Brown had seven points and five assists.
"We knew we had to get out on No. 4 (Gordon) because he can shoot it and we knew we had to stop No. 12 (Brown) from penetrating," Dixon said. "He likes to hit people for open looks. But I thought we did a good job on them."
Connecticut had beaten Virginia Tech in their previous meeting, 83-65, at Hartford on January 14. The Huskies fell to 2-4 on the road.