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Big Donut Powers Big Win | Hokies 71, fsu 59

The Hokies beat florida state 71-59 on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011

The Hokies beat florida state 71-59 on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011

What if we told you before today’s game against fsu that Malcolm Delaney would shoot just 3/10 from the field and 0/3 from 3-point range against the noles? And that the Hokies would be outrebounded 39-30? And that Seth Greenberg would get a meager nine points from his bench? Chances are you’d expect the Hokies to get slapped around by the noles on their home court en route to an 0-2 start in conference play? But, we didn’t tell you those things and had we, you’d have been wrong.

Jeff Allen powered the Hokies (1-1, 10-4) with 24 points and 11 rebounds and hit a mind-boggling 10/12 free throws. The senior scored 18 of his 24 points in the second half. Sophomore point guard Erick Green was the other key to the Hokies’ sixth straight win, this one a 71-59 victory over ACC foe florida state (1-1, 11-5), despite 22 points and eight rebounds from future NBA first-round pick Chris Singleton.

Green had 12 points, three assists, four steals and was a perfect 8/8 from the free throw line. Since being installed as a starter six games ago in place of Dorenzo Hudson, who is out for the year, Green has shined during the six-game winning streak.

While the bench — Manny Atkins, Jarell Eddie and Tyrone Garland — only scored nine points, they were all key baskets. With only eight scholarship players, there are no wasted minutes for the Hokies in games like this. Shortly after checking into the game with 11:28 to play, Garland came up big with a three pointer that put Tech in front, 15-14, halting a short 6-2 run by fsu. Garland also had a beautiful layup in the second half and a great baseline assist to Allen.

Atkins didn’t score from the field, but he hit all four of his free throws attempts and pulled down three big time defensive rebounds. As a team, the Hokies shot an impressive 92 percent from the charity stripe (34/37).

Tech began the game with a 2-3 zone defense to try and keep the noles in check and it work fabulously. The Hokies held fsu to 19 first-half points, their second lowest total of the season. The noles’ Michael Snaer hit a three pointer with 6:43 to play in the first half to give fsu a 19-17 lead. The Hokies responded with a 12-0 run to end the half, holding the noles scoreless for nearly seven minutes as they slowly built a 29-19 lead.

The Hokies struggled for the first six minutes of the second half, allowing fsu to get within three points, 34-31, with 13:25 to play in the game. But that’s when Allen took over, beginning with a layup along the baseline. Allen was fouled and completed the three-point play to put the Hokies back in front 37-31. fsu answered with a break-away dunk, but again Allen answered with a layup off a beautiful feed from Garland.

On fsu’s next trip down the floor, Terrance Shannon missed a jump and Atkins pulled down one of his three defensive rebounds that led to Garland’s lightning quick slash through the lane for a nifty layup and an 8-point Hokies lead.

Allen, clearly in a different zone, used his quick hands to snatch the ball from Snaer, sprint to the other end and hit a pull-up jumper to push Tech’s lead back to 10. It was all Hokies from there.

The Hokies return to the court on Thursday, Jan. 13, against unc in Chapel Hill. The tar heels (1-0, 11-4) beat uva (1-1, 10-6) in Charlottesville, 62-56, on Saturday.

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  • cathy fretwell

    do you know who the new guy dressed on the bench was?

    • Niemo

      Cathy – are you referring to #2 Andrew Griffin? He’s a senior walk-on who played in the mount st. mary’s game. I guess he could best be called a “practice body” and available in blowouts.

  • King

    Great team win. Excited for the season. Greenberg gets my vote for coach of the week.

  • cathy fretwell

    I don’t remember seeing him in the mount st. mary’s game but I didn’t remember every seeing him in warm-ups before either. thanks for the info!

  • Les

    Green was a big difference in the perimeter defense. He deflected a lot of passes and contested long rebounds.

    We have in Bell and Green two tall athletes with long arms, good leaping ability, and quickness to disrupt shots or passing lanes.

    Garlabd has a knack for finishing shots even when he goes inside in traffic. He’s still lacking on defense, especially the 3-point shots, and picking up the dribble too soon.

  • http://www.heyhokie.com Goodraisin

    That was a fun game to watch… which is weird since it was a defensive struggle. This team feels like they’ve turned a corner and found their niche, so hopefully they won’t lose their identity. I was pretty surprised that FSU didn’t make more of an attempt to pound the ball inside though. They settled for a lot of 3-pointers instead of trying to get our bigs in foul trouble. Also, great win by Oklahoma State over Kansas State this weekend! Penn State’s win over Michigan State was also nice, but I think OSU is more likely to challenge in the Big 12 than PSU it to challenge in the Big Ten. OSU looks like they might end up being a quality win for VT.

    • Niemo

      Raisin – Yeah, no way I see psu challenging in the Big(11)Ten though they do have veteran stars in Brooks and Battle – and Battle didn’t even have a great game Saturday. So who knows. We need teams like fsu and st. bonnie to do well now and beat what quality ACC teams there are, and one of those is Thursday night.

      Les – I agree on Bell and Green. Green reminds me of Dowdell/Gordon and how many passes they used to deflect. As for Garland, freshman guards always pick up their dribble too early. I see it year after year, and Green did the same thing last year. Hopefully this will improve, though likely not until next year. It makes such a difference when the first pass in the half court is to a guy in a position where he can either shoot or drive versus to a guy moving away from the hoop or beyond the NBA 3-point line because you picked up your dribble too early and need help.

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