FINAL – bu 84, VT 78 OT
bu 78, VT 73 | 1:39 to go: They can’t miss threes. Pete Campbell makes his 7th three, and Green follows with another one. That must be 34 threes made by butler tonight.
bu 70, VT 68 | 3:41 to go: This is the only time you will see me admit this, but Niemo is a genius. If Allen had drained that And one, the Hokies would have won 69-68. If you don’t know what I am referring to, check Niemo’s preview.
OVERTIME (whew) – butler doesn’t score a field goal in the last three minutes. Graves missed a baseline J at the end, but Vasallo was all up in his junk. Allen did miss a free throw to convert the and one, but what a comeback. Allen has 24 pts and 9 boards. He is 10 of 17 from the floor.
VT 68, bu 68 | 14.6 to go: We steal the inbound (baseball pass by bu) and then Allen does it again – drives and scores
bu 68, VT 66 | 32.6 to go: Allen takes it from behind the arc and drives to the hoop and scores. Unfortunately, butler is an awesome free throw shooting team and we need to foul since the shot clock is off.
bu 68, VT 64 | 42.3 to go: butler misses, Hokies ball – timeout Tech
bu 68, VT 64 | 1:16 to go: A few tough breaks for the Hokies in that last stretch. An in and out and in again three by Graves, and then Allen gets stripped in the key, capped off with a loose ball going out of bounds off a butler miss.
bu 65, VT 60 | 3:52 to go: The last two minutes have been brought to you by Jeff Allen. A block, two buckets, and two of bu’s post players have fouled out. I just wish one of them was Pete Campbell. We are still in the thick of this one.
bu 63, VT 54 | 7:55 to go: Two more threes by bu, one by AJ Graves from beyond NBA range.
Jeff Allen, who is getting some serious props from Hubie Davis, is also looking winded. Pete Campbell, who Allen has been defending at times tonight, has made 6 threes tonight.
bu 52, VT 45 | 11:39 to go: Senior AJ Graves drives the baseline past A.D. for two and gets the foul. Ugh.
butler starting to create some breathing room, and I’m getting worried that we won’t reach that magical number of 69.
bu 50, VT 43 | 12:20 to go: The difference in this game is from behind the arc. bu has 9 threes to our 3 (but we are 2 of 2 in the second half).
10:42 PM: Niemo – Thanks for filling in, but don’t drink and blog. ESPN360 is working.
Allen has 15 points already. Fine, I’ll say it. He’s the best low post player for VT since Ace Custis (but yes, I’ve been drinking (hope Mom isn’t reading this)). f$u beat florida tonight.
bu 41, VT 38 | 16:38 to go: Their big man, campbell, has hit FIVE three’s against us. Maybe go out and guard him???
10:30 PM: Niemo thinks Wick sucks.
10:20 PM: So, my first ESPN360 experience has SUCKED so far.
I leave Charlottesville this morning (yes, I am missing the game tomorrow) and travel 11+ hours to Florida. What are the chances that my parents have ESPN360? Bonus. They do. Text Niemo that I’ll do an in game and the recap.
One hour later, I experience the massive ESPN hose job as they show the south alabama – san diego game from the Anaheim Classic instead of our game until there are 25 seconds left. Luckily, I got the radio feed online (I am in Florida this week) for the first half.
So, it’s #23 ranked butler 30, Hokies 28 at halftime. Be back for the second half.