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miami (16-5, 2-5) 82, Hokies (16-4, 3-3) 75

Box Score

The Hokies showed a lot of character this afternoon crawling back from a 19 point deficit in the second half to challenge the canes in the final minutes, but only to come up short 82-75. Behind the play of some tenacious pressure defense, Tech had 7 steals and forced 11 turnovers in the second half to trim the double-digit miami lead to single digits. With just over 30 seconds remaining and miami leading 75-70, the canes missed a front end of a 1-and-1. The Hokies rebounded with a chance to make it a one possession game. Malcolm Delaney drove the ball down the lane only to miss a wild, off-balance shot. That was the Hokies last chance to steal a victory as the canes went on to make their free throws and stretch the lead beyond the Hokies reach.

It was a tale of two halves for the Hokies on defense. Tech came into the game leading the conference in scoring defense, and the Hokies showed that in the second half. In addition to the opportunity in the final 30 seconds, Tech had several other prime chances earlier in the second half to cut the lead to less than 5 points, but just couldn’t convert on offense.

Dorenzo Hudson led the Hokies with 22 points on 8 of 14 shooting. Jeff Allen pitched in 19 and J.T. Thompson scored 14. Malcolm Delaney had a bit of an off-night on offense today, going 0 for 5 from three point lead and scoring 16 total, which is about 4 points under his average. It is the second straight game that Malcolm has not made a three-pointer.

After the Hokies got out to a 4-0 start, the canes outscored Tech by 21 points to take a 47-30 lead at the half. The canes shot 70% from the field in the first half, including 5 of 8 from three point territory. The first half today was the exact opposite of the first half in the first meeting between these two teams in Blacksburg. The Hokies shot lights out in the first half of the game in Blacksburg. Not this time around. Tech shot 38% from the field in the first half, including 2 of 9 from the three point line. miami made the Hokies look pitiful on defense as Tech gave up the most points in the first half all season. miami spread things around with 11 assists and 10 players scoring. Only Delaney, Allen, and Hudson scored for the Hokies in the first half.

As the first half was winding down with the Hokies trailing by 8 to 10 points, you hoped Tech could repeat the late half spurts that they put together in Charlottesville on Thursday. Unfortunately, the opposite happened. Dorenzo Hudson made two critical fouls on three-pointers that helped miami stretch their lead eventually to 17. Another key factor in the first half was Malcolm Delaney picking up 2 fouls in the first nine minutes of the game.The Hokies did hang tough with him out of the lineup, but you don’t know what could have happened if Malcolm had played his normal minutes in the first half. He did eventually return before the end of the half.

All in all, you have to be happy with a split on the road this week and I’d rather have the win at uva than at miami. With unc and clemson coming up at home this week, I’d be happy with another 1-1 week.

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7 Responses to “miami (16-5, 2-5) 82, Hokies (16-4, 3-3) 75”

  1. chicagomaroon says:

    1. It was a terribly officiated game. Neither of those fouls on Dorenzo from 3 were legit, the Eric Gordon call was awful, and JT should have been to the line at least twice more. 2. Having said that, WE lost this game ourselves, not because of the refs. How many times were we at 5 points? How many bad shots did we put up quick into the possession, bad passes did we make, or 3 point shooters did we leave open off of a switch? 3. Malcolm and Dorenzo have got to stop putting up shots and flinching midway through the release to try to trick the ref’s eye. Just put up your shot and if you get fouled try and hit the AND-1. 4. Penetration! The commentators were all over this all game long and it’s our achilles heel. We can’t continue to run possessions from 35 feet out and swing the ball in an attempt to open up a 3-point shooter at the end of the shot clock. We are NOT a good enough 3-point shooting team to live and die by the 3-ball. We need penetration and kickouts to free up shooters and get good shots!

  2. chicagomaroon says:

    Eric Green*

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  4. Les says:

    Davila played very soft on D. Let his man start off low on the blocks and continue to back him down. I thought that Allen and Davilla were concious of picking early fouls. This started opening up easy 3 point shots for Miami when Tech was forced into doubling down.

  5. Goodraisin says:

    You could tell that Miami was fired up to play us. They must have felt pretty embarrassed by their performance in Blacksburg because they just would not be denied in the first half. They were hitting NBA-range 3-pointers like they were nothing, and unfortunately Tech didn’t match their intensity. If it weren’t for JT Thompson finally saying “enough” and deciding to take the ball strong to the rim, we might have lost by 20 points. I’ve really been impressed with Thompson in the last two games, and I’d love for him to take on the role of “electrifying bench player” for us. Every time I watch the Cleveland Cavaliers play, I find myself wishing the Hokies had an Anderson Varejao to bring in off the bench who plays lock-down defense, draws offensive fouls, grabs offensive rebounds, and makes critical buckets. Thompson could be that guy.

  6. HipHop_Hokie says:

    This game just made me feel really weird in general, because while I was proud of the way Jeff exerted himself out there yet stayed free from foul trouble, the team overall was just flat as pancake to start things off… especially on D. Couple that with the fact that Miami was playing out of their minds, and presto… 19 point deficit.

    It was very impressive that we never folded, though, and were able to cut the lead down to 5 on numerous occasions at the end. How sickening was it though to watch us get it to FIVE… and then FIVE… and then FIVE… and never be able to break through. When Johnson missed the front-end of that 1&1 and we got the rebound… I thought for sure that we had the magic again and were going to get it done. But then Malcolm tosses up an ill-advised prayer of a teardrop that doesn’t go down, and that was that.

    Oh well… tough to swallow a loss to the last place team in the league, even if it was on the road… but it’s certainly no showstopper. Now we’ve just got to heal up throughout the early part of this week, and be ready to make SURE that UNC’s woes continue. We CANNOT let them get healthy against us… they already have one foot in the grave, and we need to BURY them.

    Must… defend… the Cassell…


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