ATLANTA (Ticker) -- After withstanding a barrage of early 3-pointers, Georgia Tech did the usual against Virginia.
Marvin Lewis scored 17 points and Isma'il Muhammad added 13 as the 14th-ranked Yellow Jackets notched their first Atlantic Coast Conference victory, 75-57 over the Cavaliers.
Virginia (10-4, 0-3 ACC) came out firing from long range, draining its first five 3-pointers and 7-of-8. Todd Billet's 3-pointer capped the surge and pulled the Cavaliers within 26-25 less than eight minutes before halftime.
"They got off to that quick start and made their first five threes. If people keep up that pace, you're not going to win the game anyway," Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt said.
Georgia Tech (13-2, 1-1) was able to stay in the game with its high-octane offense and delivered a knockout blow just before the half. Lewis scored five points and Muhammad made a layup just before the buzzer as part of an 11-2 run that gave the Yellow Jackets a 41-30 cushion.
Two foul shots by Lewis capped a 9-2 tear that established Georgia Tech's largest lead, 60-41, with just under 11 minutes remaining.
The Yellow Jackets improved to 8-0 at home. They have beaten the Cavaliers in 15 of the last 18 meetings.
"We didn't defend particularly well," Virginia coach Pete Gillen said. "We've just got to be more physical and more aggressive, and that's something that we are capable of doing."
Coming off back-to-back losses, Hewitt shook up his lineup, benching leading scorer B.J. Elder, Lewis and forward Anthony McHenry in favor of Will Bynum, Muhammad and Clarence Moore. Lewis and Muhammad responded best to the changes.
"Any combination of those can start," Hewitt said. "So that wasn't a surprise, and I think that's one of the reasons Marvin and B.J. handled it so well. I thought the last two games, we started out really passive and we weren't attacking."
Lewis came off the bench for only the fifth time in his career and made 6-of-9 shots. Muhammad's first start of the season was an impressive one as he made all six shots, including a pair of rim-rattling dunks off strong baseline moves.
Georgia Tech held a 34-18 advantage in points in the paint, scoring the first 18. The Yellow Jackets shot a robust 53 percent (17-of-32) in the first half.
"As you go deeper and deeper into league play, the teams are going to get better and they're going to come at you a little harder," Hewitt said. "It's about us getting better, especially at the offensive end of the floor."
The Cavaliers committed 21 turnovers in their fourth loss in six games. They missed their final 13 3-point attempts and shot just under 35 percent (16-of-46).