The Hokies outscored the twerps 32-18 in the last 11 minutes of the ballgame to complete a sweep of maryland for the first time ever by the score of 69-65. A.D. Vassallo had 11 points in the final 3 and a half minutes to lead the Hokies down the stretch including a 3 bomb from the top of the key at the 3:32 mark to give the Hokies their first lead of the game. A.D. followed up that shot with another 3 at the 1:29 mark, giving Tech a 61-54 lead. He closed the game by going 5 of 6 from the line.
The Hokies got off to a horrendous start in the first half, as it appeared they were still hungover from the carolina game. Too many turnovers, sloppy fouls, and poor shooting (sound familiar?) led to a 28-14 deficit. To add insult to injury, Coach Greenberg came rather close to being ejected before the halfway point of the first half. The start of the game had an all too familiar script, especially when the Hokies started to chip away at the lead. An increase in the defensive intensity led to the comeback as maryland started making all the mistakes. Deron finally hit a three at the 8:12 mark to begin the comeback. The Hokies closed the half on a 15-3 run, cutting the deficit to 2 points as maryland led 31-29 at the half.
First Half Stats:
Field Goal Shooting:
Good Guys – 11/27 (40.7%)
twerps – 13/29 (44.8%)
3 PT shooting:
Good Guys – 2/7 (28.6%)
twerps – 3/7 (42.9%)
Good Guys – 5/9 (55.6%)
twerps – 2/7 (28.6%)
Good Guys – 21 (7/14)
twerps – 16 (4/12)
Good Guys – 9
twerps – 8
The second half started rather sluggish for both teams. maryland picked up their first block of the game during the first Hokie possession, which was rather surprising since the twerps lead the ACC in blocks. At the 16:40 mark, the twerps had only one score in their last 23 possessions. However, the turtles went on a mini-run and at the 11:13 mark they were up 47-37.
The Hokies wouldn’t allow the twerps any more, and began to chip away (again). With J.T. Thompson out with an ankle sprain, Jeff Allen came through with a huge game. Allen scored 14 points, collected 14 boards, and had 3 blocks and 3 steals. He scored 4 of the first 6 points in the Hokies second half comeback. Hank Thorns had a couple critical plays during the final run. First, Thorns stole the ball from the md super punk at the 8:25 mark, which led to a Deron jumper that cut the lead to 47-45. Then after A.D.’s three ball to take the lead at the 3:32 mark, Hank followed up with one of his own from the top of the key at the 2:13 mark, which gave Tech a 58-54 lead. Thorns finished with only 5 points, but had 6 steals in 19 minutes of play.
Second Half Stats:
Field Goal Shooting:
Good Guys – 13/32 (40.6%)
twerps – 14/29 (48.3%)
3 PT shooting:
Good Guys – 4/10 (40%)
twerps – 2/7 (28.6%)
Good Guys – 10/15 (66.7%)
twerps – 4/7 (57.1%)
Good Guys – 19 (5/14)
twerps – 20 (3/17)
Good Guys – 5
twerps – 10
When you compare the second half stats with the first half stats, the only things that stick out are the turnovers and maryland’s free throw shooting. Clearly though, our defense enabled us to halt the maryland onslaught in the first half and sparked us to victory in the second (along with a some key shooting down the stretch).
It was an especially sweet win for Coach Greenberg and the Hokies. The last time that Tech won in College Park was January 15, 1951. As I wrote earlier, it’s the first time that Tech has swept maryland. Tech has played the twerps twice in one season 10 times with the last time being 2004-05. Since the Hokies entered the ACC, they are 4-2 against maryland; winning all 3 games at the Cassell and going 1-2 in college park.
gus gilchrist was in attendance, and received the wrath of Niemo’s heckling as he headed to the locker room.
The most bizarre moment of the night was Dorenzo Hudson hurling towards the end of the first half. He blew chunks as the twerps were going to the line, and the clean-up effort halted the game for about 10 minutes. I can’t blame him. I would blow chunks if I had to be in the same place with 17,000 twerp fans. Hudson came back in the second half, new uniform and all (wearing #4). He finished with 7 points in 21 minutes of play.
So, what does this do to the big picture? Are we back on the bubble? Probably not, but we are one win away from stamping a ticket for post-season play. With the next 3 at home, we have a legit shot to finish over .500 in conference play. That’s amazing. The 2004-05 team that shocked everyone finished 8-8 and last year’s team was 10-6.
So you D.C. area Hokies better talk some trash around the water cooler tomorrow. It’s going to be sweet.
- Whoa, whoa, Wick. Over .500 in conference play? You do realize this is the same team that just lost three in a row, right? And lost by 39 a few days ago? I would be VERY happy winning 2 of these next 3 at home. All are winnable – gt, bc, wake – but you can’t expect to win all 3 with this young squad. Even 2 would be an accomplishment, locking up atleast a .500 in conference record heading to clemson where we owe them for last year’s finale.
- Jeff Allen got his 7th double-double of the season with 14 points and rebounds. But this was his FIRST double-double in ACC play. Add in 3 blocks and 3 steals and he had a heck of a game, despite the fact he did not score in the first 18 minutes of the game.
- Deron stepped up tonight. I know he didn’t even see my article about benching him, but nonetheless, he proved his worth. He had some early missed wide-open jumpers and turnovers, but had a strong game overall with 12 points on 4/10 shooting (only the third time he’s shot 40% or better in an ACC game) and 7 rebounds. Deron hit some easy shots that got his confidence going. He also had 5 assists. Hopefully this will continue.
- They only list Thorns with 3 rebounds, but all 3 of them were clutch defensive rebounds in traffic. Scrappy-Doo is living up to his name.
- Formula: Win Rebound Margin + Win FT Attempts + (<15 turnovers) = VT win. Book it.
- Tonight: +4 RM, +10 FTA + 14 TO = win
GIVE ALL THE CREDIT TO GREENBERG Say what you will about the players stepping up, but this is deja vu all over again. VT lost at duke by 35 three years ago. They responded a few days later by winning at miami. This team, with a completely different team except for Deron Washington, rebounded from a 39 point loss by winning at maryland. You have to give this to Seth. He’s doing a lot of things right, including knowing what buttons to push to get the team to respond after losses that could have completely deflated a team. Instead, the seasons are saved and the team grows even more. Kudos, Greeny.
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