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Easy Being Green | Recap | VT (3-2, 12-5) 74, maryland (1-3, 11-7) 57

Tip-off from College Park, Maryland for the Hokies vs. terpsVirginia Tech blitzed the maryland terrapins in the opening minutes of Thursday night’s game in College Park to the tune of a 12-0 lead and never looked back, en route to a 74-57 win. It is the worst loss by maryland since they opened play in the Comcast Center in 2002.

The Hokies seemed as though they were trying to give it away in the second half, shades of the unc game in which Tech blew a 16-point lead. The terps cut the lead to single digits, but the Hokies were not to be denied this time.

With the win over the terrapins, the Hokies improved to 3-2 in ACC play and 12-5 overall, while maryland fell to a disappointing 1-3 in conference play and 11-7 overall.

Starting point guard Erick Green led the Hokies with a career-high 24 points on 12/16 shooting. The sophomore had an electrifying first half with 14 points on 7/10 shooting, powering the Hokies to a 40-29 halftime lead. Green also had four, count ‘em, FOUR steals and two assists, all in the first half.

Senior Malcolm Delaney played a whale of a game, too, with 19 points and seven assists. He was only 5/11 from the field, but hit 7/8 at the free throw line. Most impressive were his incredible passes to Victor Davila and Green down the stretch to put maryland away.

Tech’s man-to-man defense stymied maryland’s leading scorer, Jordan Williams, the entire game, holding him to just 11 points, well below his season average of 18.1.

With the terps keying on Delaney, Green made the most of his opportunities as it was clear the terps didn’t consider him a legit scoring threat. And the Hokies needed a big game from someone because Jeff Allen struggled with foul trouble the entire game.

The senior forward sat much of the first half with two fouls and needed only a couple of minutes to pick up his third in the second half. Allen finished with only seven points and committed four turnovers, but still managed 11 rebounds.

Davila scored 13 points, Manny Atkins had six off the bench and Terrell Bell had two points, seven rebounds, two assists and a block. His defense contribution doesn’t show up in the box score.

The terps’ cliff tucker single-handedly kept maryland in the game in the second half, scoring 11 straight maryland points, including a trio of three-pointers and a two-pointer to cut Tech’s lead to eight, but his team-high 13 points weren’t enough as Delaney and his laser-guided passes helped slam the door shut on the home team.

Tech returns to the Cassell Coliseum Saturday night for a home game against the Longwood Lancers. Tip-off is at 7 p.m.

Niemo’s Notes:

  • Delaney clearly reads TechHoops.com.  If he didn’t, he’d have made one more basket.   [sarcasm]  VT is now 11-1 when he scores 20 or less, and 1-4 when he scores 21+ (he had 19 tonight).
  • Cousy Winner: Through the first 8 games (VT 4-4), Delaney had 26 assists and 42 turnovers.   In the 8 since, he’s totaled 51 assists and 19 turnovers.
  • THE WINCHESTER RIFLE: Erick Green is averaging 14 ppg, 3 asp, and 3 steals per game since entering the starting lineup 9 games ago.  BTW: he has 9 total turnovers in those 9 games.
  • Delaney finished 2-1 at the communist center (not bad – they talked a lot of smack – even down 17 – trust me)
  • I would rather be VT than md (take that any way you want)
  • Jordan Williams extended his double-double streak to 12 straight games with 11 points and 11 rebounds, though he was a non-factor. Kinda like how Kevin Love extended his double-double streak against Blake Griffin and the Clippers on Wednesday night despite the fact the T’wolves lost by double digits to the Clippers.
  • How smart am I?  I said VT had to win the 3-point battle… they didn’t – maryland made 6 to VT’s 5 (though VT shot a slightly better percentage).  I said the Hokies had to win from the FT line… they didn’t – maryland made 2 more and shot a better percentage.  I said VT had to shut down maryland’s supporting cast because Jordan Williams was gonna get his… nope, Tech completely took Williams out of the game.  Both teams were just about even in turnovers as expected (VT 15, md 16).   VT did a good job on the boards (VT – 8 offensive rebounds to 9 for md though VT had many fewer opportunities).  This game simply came down to Tech made more shots than maryland (30/56 to 20/56).  maryland couldn’t exploit the man defense Tech opened the game with, and isn’t a good enough shooting team to beat the 2-3 zone the rest of the game, while Tech hit their jumpers and got easy layups.  Also, maryland’s press only caused 1 or 2 turnovers by my count.
  • VT is the 2nd best team in the ACC (more to come on that once I can type – darn you 4 Lokos!)

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  • Danram

    What was really impressive to me tonight was the way VT responded when Maryland went on a run at about the 7:00 mark of the 2nd half to cut the lead from 15 points down to 8 points. I was having flashbacks to the UNC game and had moved all breakable objects to the next room. But the Hokies showed tremendous mental toughness and calmly proceeded to extend the lead back out to 15 points again to remove all doubt as to the final outcome.

    If this team keeps playing like they did tonight, we have a very good shot at an NCAA tournament bid.

  • Bryan

    Great win. Awesome to see the energy that we played with tonight. Especially on defense. That was missing in the early part of the season.

  • King

    Right up until a few minutes after the game, ESPN.com had Ben Boggs listed in the boxscore on 0-1 FG shooting. They’ve since fixed the problem but it got me thinking. I wonder how much playing time would he be getting right now if he stayed & whether he regres transferring a little at this point. But that is neither here nor there. Green is growing up right before our eyes. Funny what a little confidence can do. This team plays with tremendous energy, particularly on D. Love rooting for gutty guys like this.

  • Chris

    Very solid win for the guys tonight. VT was the aggressor all night and it showed. I’m not sure how much VT outscored Maryland on fast breaks but I’m assuming it was by a wide margin.

    Eric Green is becoming a stud right before our eyes. His outside shot isn’t there yet but he has a solid mid-range jumper and has a knack for making plays inside, either by himself or dishing it to the open man (seems like it’s been Davila lately). Great game from Delaney too. Made some of the nicest passes I’ve seen him make in his four years in Blacksburg.

    I thought Tech played smart tonight, something we’re not accustomed to seeing. For the most part, they didn’t take dumb shots early in the shot clock or force too much. Was glad to see that.

    And although Davila had a few of his typical drops, I thought he had one of his better games as a Hokie too. He did a solid job on Williams and he showed a few nice moves tonight. Tonight had to be a confidence booster for him.

    Hopefully they can keep it going Saturday against a terrible Longwood team and we can see more of Paul Debnam and Prince Parker!

  • Mr.Obvious

    I admit, I was wrong about Green. Kid is a baller!

  • Smitty (Hokie in FL)

    Best gaeme of the season by the Hokies.
    * Green was awesome especially driving amongst the trees – he was fearless. We need more of that.
    * Delaney finally saw the whole floor the entire game.
    * #21, Garland, his 2 mental errors midway through the 2nd half almost got MD back in the game. 1st he did a cross court pass during the press that Williams stole, then he takes a quick baseline 3 pt shot when Delaney was wide open right after his turnover. MS got 5 points out of those exchanges. Glad Greenberg pulled him right after that.
    * Allen’s foul against Williams was a bit hard, but he tripped on William’s foot with no room to try and miss him and I think he just reacted and put his elbow out.
    * Allen and Davila did a great job of keeping the ball from Williams. I think their main job – and Greenberg’s game plan, executed perfectly – was to cover him front and back. It worked!! So, Allen was gonna get in foul trouble, no matter what. As long as Delaney and Green do their stuff, that plan works.
    * Delaney and Green charging the paint opened up the scoring opportunities for Davila. No question! Then as the big men reacted, Delaney would dish it to Davila and he got some easier baskets.

    Overall, clearly the best game the Hokies have played. More play like that and we can beat almost anyone.

    • Niemo

      Smitty – your first point about Green made me think of something – how bad was Green on the drive last year? He’d run into the lane out of control and throw up a crazy shot against the trees, or lose it out of bounds. Now he either pulls up for that silky sweet jumper or attacks the rim under control for a layup (and makes it – something no one could do earlier in the season).
      I also agree Garland is a bit of a liability right now… but freshmen guards usually are in the ACC (see maryland). “The best thing about freshmen is they become sophomores.”

  • Smitty (Hokie in FL)

    Good point Neimo. Green clearly has matured and thinks under there now vs the panic he seemed to have last year. Too bad he got leg cramps against UNC, I think we would have won if that hadn’t happened alone. The game dynamic in the 2nd would have been completely different (i.e., more open shots for Delaney, reaction from big men to Green opening up other opps, Green to the foul line, etc.).

    I hope Garland gets better, we need him to be able to take minutes and be a contributor. Agree with you about freshmen guards in the ACC. He gets a pass this year, but we’ll need him the rest of the remaining schedule, so hopefully he matures fast. I saw Delaney get on him after that long shot the next time down the floor.

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