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Game Recap | No. 21 Hokies (1-0) 70, campbell (0-1) 60 | 11.12.10

Virginia Tech senior forward Jeff Allen slams home a dunk.

Virginia Tech senior forward Jeff Allen slams home a dunk in the Hokies' 70-60 win over campbell.

Malcolm Delaney opened his senior season with 20 points and fellow senior Terrell Bell and Jeff Allen had impressive nights to help power the Hokies to a season-opening win against the visiting campbell camels, 70-60. Bell had a career-high 17 points and Jeff Allen recorded his 28th career double double with 11 points and 14 rebounds.

It wasn’t an impressive victory by any stretch. In fact, it was anything but inspiring. However, it was the first game of the season and it was clear the team was feeling it’s way through actual competition, looking for the chemistry it will need to live up to the highest expectations of a Virginia Tech basketball team since the 1995-1996 season.

There were certainly positives in the game and honestly, at no point did it feel like the Hokies might be in trouble. One of the bright spots was the play of true freshman Jarrell Eddie, who looked comfortable and impressive in his debut, scoring six points in 15 minutes. He also recorded three rebounds and two assists. Sophomore Erick Green played 17 minutes.

The Hokies struggled from the start of the game, falling behind early, 6-9, but kept the game close until closing the first half on a 23-9 run to take a 41-26 lead into the break.

The camels came out in the second half and kept the game close, eventually cutting the lead down to seven, 45-52, with 13:19 to play. Tech slammed the door after that, though, using an 11-0 run to race back in front by 18 points. From there, the Hokies coasted to a 70-60 win. Tech is now 8-0 in season-openers under Seth Greenberg.

The only bit of concerning news was the lack of depth and size in the front court. Victor Davila didn’t score a point in 30 minutes. He didn’t even attempt a single shot. Davila, a junior, played hard, but if the Hokies are going to compete in the physical ACC, he’s going to have to step his game up and play smarter. He fouled out tonight.

Despite the lack of size, Tech dominated the boards tonight, which proved to be the difference in the game. The Hokies out-rebounded the camels 41-24. Jeff Allen had the most complete game of any Hokie, leading the team in rebounding and assists. He did just about everything you could ask of him, including staying out of foul trouble. Allen played incredibly smart basketball and looks lean and polished.

Delaney was his usual self. He scored 20 points, but 11 of those were free throws. He was 3 for 9 from the field and 3 for 8 from 3-point range. Delaney did, however, hit all 11 of his free throws.

The Hokies get back on the court next Tuesday against No. 3 kansas state in Manhattan, Kan. Tipoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.

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  • Jordan

    Jeff had a nice night except for the three point attempt slipped out of his hands and rolled out of bounds 4 ft from him. One of the strange things I have ever seen in a ball game. Thank goodness it was a home game although the laughs in Cassell pretty audible. He followed it up with the nice slam picture above to redeem himself though.

  • hokiegrad

    how did Green look?

  • Niemo

    Talk about how awesome Allen’s new ‘do was. Kid-n-Play style?

    • Niemo

      My buddy said about Green: “Looked pretty much like last year – driving the lane against four defenders, putting up crappy shots. He’s a slightly taller version of Hank Thorns… didn’t impress me.” Ouch. Comparing someone to Thorns? That’s almost like comparing someone to Ricky Stokes.

  • GStarVT93

    Guys this is concerning. Campbell lost 2 starters and are soft on experience and talent. Raines needs to be back yesterday. Lets hope this is just a hiccup/first game issue. I am hoping for the best this year!

  • King

    Allen looks like he did a lot of work to improve his body in the offseason along with his ball handling. Bell looks like he’s most improved this season. I think we’ll be okay as long as 3 of our big 4 (Delaney, Allen, Hudson, and Bell) have decent production in any given game. Anything less, and it could spell trouble. Really impressed with Eddie’s debut…looked very athletic. Davila disappointed…he continues to play very soft and timid…zero shot attempts won’t cut it, nor will bricks from the free throw line. Also, concerned with our perimeter D…Campbell nearly shot their way back into the game. Hoping for a better overall team effort on D vs K-St.

  • Matt S

    I thought Green looked alright. He could use a bit more polish. He pushed the ball up the court trying to beat the Campbell zone but once he got there he looked a bit lost.

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