Recap | #3 Hokies 71 #11 wake forest 52

The Hokies won their first ever ACC Tournament game tonight in Tampa against the 11th seeded demon deacons of wake forest. Tech led for the majority of the game after getting off to a hot start. At the first TV timeout, the Hokies led 13-6. When Tech leads at the first TV timeout, they are 6-0. This game was no exception.

wake did mount a 24-13 run after the Hokies’ led 18-8 behind a strong inside game. wake took their second, and last, lead of the game at 32-31 when Ishmael Smith canned a three pointer. The Hokies punched right back, when my player of the game, A.D. Vassallo nailed one behind the arc. Vassallo led all scorers tonight with 22 points, which included 4 three balls.

The score was 36-34 at the half, and what followed was a near perfect half of basketball. Tech had 0 turnovers in the second half, and only two the entire game. Couple that with a tenacious effort on defense, and Tech turned many steals into easy buckets. The Hokies held wake to 18 points in the second half.

It was nice to see Deron add to his highlight reel this evening with two monster dunks, including one where he lifted off from the second C (in ACC) just inside the foul line. Jamon Gordon and Zabian Dowdell did a fantastic job tonight in transition and keeping the game up tempo, especially in the second half, which wake could not match.

The only negative sign from tonight’s game was Tech’s free throw shooting. The Hokies were 9 of 17 from the line tonight. That must improve if Tech wants to stick around through the weekend.

Next up is n.c. state, the only team in the conference that has owned the Hokies this year. Tonight the Pack shot lights out in the second half against the hoos, eerily similar to their 81-56 thrashing of the Hokies in Raleigh back on February 18th. After two emotional wins, lets hope n.c. state is as tired as most fans who stayed up to watch the double OT thrilla between wake and gt the night before. Speaking of which … off to bed.

Box Score

[Wick Addition: Since I still haven’t gone to bed yet, let me also share with you the line on Jamon Gordon tonight: 10 points, 7 steals, 7 boards, 5 assists, and 2 blocks.]

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2014-2015 Schedule/Results


11/14 - Hokies 71, md. eastern shore 46
11/19 - Hokies 73, liberty 63
11/22 - appalachian state 65, Hokies 63
Cancun Classic
11/25 - n. iowa 73, Hokies 54
11/26 - Hokies 78, miami ohio 63
11/30 - Hokies 83, morgan state 63


12/03 - penn state 61, Hokies 58
12/07 - radford 68, Hokies 66
12/14 - Hokies 65, alabama a&m 55
12/20 - Hokies 64, the citadel 61
12/22 - Hokies 87, vmi 74
12/27 - Hokies 87, presbyterian 65
12/30 - west virginia 82, Hokies 51


01/03 - syracuse 68, Hokies 66
01/06 - louisville 78, Hokies 63
01/18 - unc 68, Hokies 53
01/22 - notre dame 85, Hokies 60
01/25 - uva 50, Hokies 47
01/27 - Hokies 70, pittsburgh 67
01/31 - wake forest 73, Hokies 70


02/03 - syracuse 72, Hokies 70
02/07 - vs. fsu | 3pm, ACCN
02/09 - vs. georgia tech | 9pm, ESPNU
02/14 - @ clemson | Noon, RSN
02/18 - @ miami | 7pm, RSN
02/21 - @ nc state | 6pm, ESPN2
02/25 - vs. duke | 9pm, ESPN2
02/28 - @ uva | 4pm, ACCN


03/02 - vs. boston college | 9pm, ESPNU
03/07 - vs. miami | Noon, RSN
ACC Tournament
03/10 - 1st rd.
03/11 - 2nd rd.
03/12 - quarterfinals
03/13 - semifinals
03/14 - championship

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