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.