Note: The 44 points for the Hokies is their lowest output ever under Seth Greenberg.Â The last time VT was held to a point total this low was January 29th, 2000 when umass beat VT 49-41 during the ricky stokes era.
The last time the Hokies visited Cameron Indoor, they were partying on the court after an overtime win.Â Today, they couldn’t get the bus started soon enough, as the blue devils ran Tech out of Durham.Â After VT closed the game to 39-35 early in the second half, coach k called a timeout, and dukeÂ responedÂ by outscoring the Hokies 30-9 the rest of the way.Â The Hokies managed just 13 points for the second half and just nine in the final 17:32.Â Tech did not score in the final 5:41 of the game as duke grabbed one offensive rebound after another.
Tech really dug themselves a holeÂ in the first four minutes of the first half, something VT often did last year (not a good sign for this season).Â duke jumped out to an 11-0 lead as Tech started 0/9 from the field.Â The Hokies were unable to get closer thanÂ six the rest of the first half and trailed by eight at the half, 39-31.Â Tech would never get closer than four the rest of the game.Â The Hokies need to figure out a way to jump start things.Â As this game showed, you can lose a game by the first media timeout.
The Big 3 were the JV 3 tonight as they were not ready for primetime, at least not in the second half.Â At the break Delaney had 10, Allen 8, and Vassallo 7.Â They finished with 12 for Delaney, 9 for Allen, and 7 for Vassallo.Â For you non-math majors, that’s just three second half points for the “Big 3″.Â Â Vassallo seemed invisible in the second half.
The guys seemed to forget what was working in the first half – catch the ball on the perimeter, penetrate the key and pull up from 8-16 feet.Â In the second half the Hokies couldn’t figure out a thing on offense.Â Tech started the game just 1/12 from the field and finished the game shooting just 37%.Â Tech hit just one three-pointer, going 1/9.Â Tech just could not find easy buckets, and when they had them, they often missed them.Â The Hokies had just 7 assists on 18 made shots and Delaney did not collect an assist.
For duke, Kyle Singler led the four devils in double figures with 19 points.Â However, Tech actually did a great job on defense for the most part.Â duke, who came in averaging 84 ppg, were held 15 below that.Â duke came in shooting 49% from the field but hit just 40%.Â But duke killed VT from the foul line, hitting 19/20 free throws.Â The Hokies hit just 7/12.
Another problem was the offensive glass.Â When a team misses 32 shots, you have to get the rebounds.Â Tech didn’t.Â The blue devils collected 14 offensive rebounds, meaning they grabbed 42% of their misses.
Around the midpoint of the second half, Tech’s effort went way downhill, which was disappointing.Â I realize the Hokies weren’t going to win, but you would have still liked to see the guys putting everything on the line.Â Instead, they were lazy going after loose balls and the devils were grabbing up everything.Â I won’t say the guys quit, I don’t think they did, but they certainly weren’t hustling either.
Cheick Diakite, who had been in Greenberg’s doghouse, had a great second half.Â He had 8 points, 5 rebounds (including 4 offensive), and 3 blocks for the game.Â He also said, “POW!Â Right in the kisser!” to Kyle Singler when the duke star drove the lane and tried to dunk on him.Â Cheick rejected it with extreme prejudice.
Tech gets almost a week off to go back to the drawing board.Â This is a VERY good duke team that spanked the Hokies, but you really would have hoped to see more from Tech in this one.Â No more excuses — Thompson is back, Thorns looked healthy tonight, and no one was in serious foul trouble.Â It is time for this team to start showing something.Â Another opportunity at a quality win slipped away.Â Next up on Saturday is uva at the Cassell.Â uva was picked 12th in the preseason poll.Â This is a must win if the Hokies want to keep any serious dreams of a trip to the Big Dance alive.
Score Summary by Media Timeout
- Under 16:00 Timeout: duke 11, VT 2 (N. Smith playing; duke opened with a 11-0 run)
- Under 12:00: duke 16, VT 4 (Thorns is playing… VT started 0/9 on FGs)
- Under 8:00: duke 26, VT 17 (Offense looking better but can’t get stops on D)
- Under 4:00: duke 34, VT 23 (Zoubek and Thomas have 3 fouls… VT’s zone getting worked)
- Halftime: duke 39, VT 31 (VT has had chances to make it closer but hasn’t converted)
- Under 16:00 Timeout: duke 45, VT 37 (Hokies missed two 3’s down 6)
- Under 12:00: duke 53, VT 39 (Wheels coming off… duke 14-4 run since VT cut it to 4)
- Under 8:00: duke 64, VT 42 (Wheels have fallen off and I smell smoke)
- Under 4:00: duke 69, VT 44