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Game Recap | Hokies (25-9) 72, rhode island (26-9) 79 | 3.24.10

Virginia Tech and Rhode Island in the 2010 NIT Quarterfinals.Box Score

Blacksburg, VA — For the second time in three nights, the Virginia Tech Hokies played a nail-biter of a game, this time against rhode island in an NIT quarterfinal matchup. Unlike Monday’s game against uconn, the Hokies were not able to hold on for the win, losing 72-79 to the rams, ending their season.

Tech blew a 12-point lead in the second half as rhode island used a 20-7 run to take the lead and the Hokies had lost their momentum and were unable to sustain a run of their own. The rams closed the game on a 31-12 run to win the game.

How bad was it? The Hokies made only TWO field goals in the final 16:07 of the game. Yeah, it was THAT bad.

Malcolm Delaney led the Hokies with 24 points, but it wasn’t enough to overcome 16 turnovers by the Hokies, including five in the first half as a result of the rams’ press. The Hokies kept trying to go over the top of the press, but it only resulted in turnovers.

Dorenzo Hudson had another outstanding performance with 19 points. Jeff Allen threw in a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. However, Allen also committed six turnovers, nearly a third of the team’s total.

The Hokies shot lights out in the first half, hitting 63 percent of their field goal attempts, including 3 of 6 from three-point range. The second half, however, was a completely different story as Tech went ice cold managing just 33 percent on 9 of 17 shooting, and just 1 of 6 from behind the arc.

Tech finishes the season 25-9, tying the 1994-1995 NIT championship team for most wins in school history.

We’ll have more later, right now we need to decompress, throw back a couple of shots and let this roll off our backs.

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6 Responses to “Game Recap | Hokies (25-9) 72, rhode island (26-9) 79 | 3.24.10”

  1. BigHokieFan says:

    I know Seth does not like to press, and I understand that is not our game, but tonight we should have fought fire with fire and tried it. It would have surprised those Rhodys. We threw so many inbound “bombs” that it looked like a football game. We just could not inbound the ball! Fellow Hokies – we had a great season. It was fun to watch, and we have come a long way. With everyone good returning, next year will be even better! Go VPI!

  2. Les says:

    Allen is very careless. Under pressure, he lost more balls than usual.

    Delaney is having a lot of difficulty being productive on dribble penetration if he can get by his man at all. If he doesn’t draw a foul, he rarely makes the shot.

    I see a lot of scores resulting directly or indirectly from isolating Delaney on defense. He almost always end up switching rather than fighting through the screens.

  3. MattW says:

    First and foresomst it was good to see you and Mr. Grant tonight … My immediate thoughts are one, where was the half court offense. Why did we quit feeding Jeff the ball? Outside of some flex plays to Dorenzo there seemed to be no offensive flow at all from 15 minutes on in the second half. Second, after we blew our second half lead the body language of our guys told the whole story. We were hanging our heads and walking while up 4 points. We gaves RI confidence and they destroyed us with dribble penetration. No killer instict whatsoever … we should have beaten this team by 20 points. Sigh … no more Hokie stress until September.

  4. Hugh Jass says:

    The Rhode Island players were very classless at the end of the game. I sat right behind their bench and they were taunting the crowd. At least our players have good character.

    • Niemo says:

      To be fair I think every team I’ve ever seen win in the Cassell behaved the same exact way. That’s just the way players celebrate now. Doesn’t make it right, just is what it is.


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