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Game Recap | maryland (11-3, 21-7) 104, Hokies (8-6, 21-7) 100 | 2OT

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The Virginia Tech Hokies dropped their third straight game, 100-104 to maryland in double overtime. It was the highest scoring ACC game in more than seven years. With the loss, Tech’s hopes of an NCAA tournament bid fade little bit. Greivis Vasquez scored a career- and season-high 41 points (33 in the second half) to lead the terps, who improved to 11-3 in the ACC and 21-7 overall. maryland also locks up second place in the ACC. The Hokies fall to 8-6, 21-7.

The loss is the Hokies’ first at home this season. Malcolm Delaney and Jeff Allen both missed a pair of free throws late in double overtime that cost them the game. But the biggest surprise came in the final seconds of overtime and the Hokies trailing 100-102. Tech had a chance to tie the game and send it to a third overtime, but Delaney dished the ball to freshman Erick Green in the corner. Green missed the three-pointer and maryland got the rebound to secure the win.

Delaney led the Hokies with 27 points and was 8 of 10 from the free throw line, but his two misses came late in double overtime that would have tied the game at 97 with :39 to play. Instead, maryland took a three-point lead and the Hokies weren’t able to come back to tie it.

Jeff Allen played his best game in nearly two months, scoring 25 points and pulling down 15 rebounds. It was his first double-double since he dropped 14/10 in an 81-66 win over miami. But his missed free throws were killer.

Trailing 80-77 in the second half, the terps had the ball, but Terrell Bell intercepted the inbound pass and Tech called a timeout. JT Thompson, who was 1 of 4 from three-point range this season, hit the game-tying trey with 15.1 seconds left.

Eric Hayes answered with a long two-pointer from the left wing with 5.2 seconds left. Delaney took the inbound pass and drove the length of the court for a layup to tie the game at 82 with .9 seconds left. The terps missed a hail Mary at the buzzer and the game went into overtime.

In overtime, the Hokies committed two early turnovers and the terps took an 84-82 lead. The Hokies answered to tie the game at 84, but Vasquez buried a three to take an 87-84 lead. Thompson hit a pair of free throws to pull Tech within one and Terrell Bell nailed a triple to put Tech on top 89-87. maryland’s Eric Hayes answered with a pair of free throws to tie the game and send it to double overtime.

Five Hokies scored in double figures: Delaney – 27, Allen – 25, Hudson – 21, Thompson – 15, and Bell – 10. Thompson and Bell added nine rebounds each as Tech won the rebounding battle 52-43. It was the first time four Hokies scored 20 or more points in a game since the Delaney, Allen, Thompson and A.D. Vassallo did it in a 116-108 double overtime win over Duquesne in last year’s NIT tournament.

Note: The game was originally schedule for a 4 p.m. tip-off, but was delayed until 7 p.m. due to three water main breaks near the Cassell Coliseum. There were no functioning bathrooms in the Cassell, so fans were permitted to use the facilities at Dietrick and the new basketball practice facility.

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7 Responses to “Game Recap | maryland (11-3, 21-7) 104, Hokies (8-6, 21-7) 100 | 2OT”

  1. King says:

    Delaney has to do a better job to close that game out. Greenberg said it best in the post-game wrap-up, he’s got to push the action and drive the hole and force the Marlyand D to collapse on that last possession. Plus, he has to recognize that Green is not a good shooter and was only on the court was to be a ball-handler when Bell fouled out. Green never should’ve been in a position to attempt that shot. Helluva game for Allen. I’ll take 25 pts & 15 rebs over a few steals any game. Great effort overall for the team. Loved seeing Witcher dive to save that ball from going out of bounds to start the break and create an easy layup opportunity. Let’s put this game behind us and get ready for the Wolfpack. If we bring the same energy against NC State that we brought this game, we’ll be okay.

  2. Les says:

    Delaney was double-teamed on the last shot. I don’t recall the name of the big guy trapping him on the right side. He would’ve been forced to his weak side to drive or put up a fadeaway 3-pointer. I think they should’ve put in Atkins instead of Green.

  3. Bryan says:

    God bless him. But Green has got to start hitting some shots. What hurt was if Bell hadn’t fouled out he might have been the one in the corner and he showed a couple of times tonight that that is his spot.

  4. Danram says:

    Good point about Bell probably being the one to take that shot if he’s still in the game. But we could point to at least a dozen other “what ifs” aside from Green’s missed shot if we wanted to play the blame game.

    I prefer to look at it as VT played very well last night, but Maryland played just a smidgen better. I will NOT miss Greivis Vasquez when he’s gone! The dude can flat-out ball and he had a terrific game last night.

    If VT plays as well against NC State and GT as we did last night, I think we have a good chance of going 2-0 and still finishing at 10-6 in the conference.

  5. AnotherTechW says:

    “If VT plays as well against NC State and GT as we did last night, I think we have a good chance of going 2-0 and still finishing at 10-6 in the conference.”


    I agree

  6. Ben says:

    In the student section, so many people were complaining about Green taking that shot, but in that situation, with that amount of time left, you have to give the ball to whoever has the best look at the basket. Look at the Thompson 3. I would’ve given that ball to any of the other 4 on the court and 2 more bench players before I let Thompson have that look.

    The 4 missed free throws by Allen and Delaney ended the game, but, Delaney especially, has come through so many more times late in the game that it’s hard to fault him for not being perfect again and again.

    Greenberg will have them ready for the next two. No doubt about it.

  7. JT says:


    A stomach punch game to say the least – the thing that’ll keep haunting me is the fact that the one time we were about to take a double-digit lead in the 2nd half, it turned into a 5-point maryland lead in less than 90 seconds. A lot of horrendous defensive basketball from both teams, especially from Maryland basically handing the hokies the game-tying layup.

    Our NCAA tourney hopes are on life support now. If the selection happened today, I have us as the second to last team IN ahead of Illinois – but ultimately, that would mean we’d miss the tourney anyways, assuming that 2 or 3 teams steal bids from the smaller conferences that are already sending an at-large team (which doomed us last year too).

    The good news is that we still have a road game @GT, which will give us a shot to get one more so-so win. The bad news is that the “good” Ga Tech is probably going to show up, because they need that game too – and that team is a lot better than the “good” Hokies on the road. While we’ll likely get trounced that game, we’re lucky to at least have the opportunity.

    A few observations that also came to mind:

    * The fact that this team can compete with the 2nd best team in the ACC speaks to how horrible the ACC really is this year. Put us up against the #2 team in the big east, big 12, big 10, or even the mountain west, and i think carnage would ensue.

    * Green, Boggs, and the rest of the underclassmen have proven to be pretty worthless for this team – I am extremely worried about the state of affairs after this year’s junior class is gone. Yikes.


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