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Sweet-n-Lowe: Hokies Alone in 4th | Recap | Hokies (5-3, 15-6) 77, nc state (2-6, 12-10) 69

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Tell me if you’ve heard this story before: The Hokies jump all over a team on the road in North Carolina and get up by about 16 points, but then crumbles in the second half, allowing its opponent back in the game. Luckily for the Hokies, n.c. state sucks more than unc.

Note: maryland, bc, and clemson all lost so Virginia Tech sits alone in fourth place in the ACC at 5-3.

Malcolm Delaney led the Hokies with 22 points as Tech won 77-69 over n.c. state. The senior from Baltimore is only the fourth Hokie ever to score more than 2,000 points in his career. He reached the 2,000 point mark on a layup with a minute to go that iced the game.

In fact, it was a night of milestones for the Hokies:

  • Delaney’s 2000th point
  • Allen’s 1500th point
  • Delaney’s 500th assist

The win is only the fourth ever by Tech on the road against the wolfpack. Tech’s all-time record at n.c. state is now 4-19.

Fellow senior Jeff Allen was a beast for the visiting team, especially in the first half. Allen had 10 of Tech’s first 18 points, and finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds for his third straight double-double. He has 10 double-doubles this season and 38 for his career.  Allen sits at 16th on the all-time VT career scoring list with 1,513.

The Hokies absolutely dominated on the boards in the first half, out-rebounding the pack 25-9. That included 14 offensive rebounds in the first stanza. Fourteen!! The second half was a completely different story. The wolfpack won the second half battle of the boards, 24-16. state grabbed nine offensive rebounds to just five by Tech in the second half. Overall, the Hokies still out-rebounded n.c. state 41-33.

Terrell Bell had a rare double-figures scoring night with 13 points on 4/8 shooting and a perfect 4/4 from the charity stripe. Meanwhile, sophomore sensation Erick Green, a.k.a. the “Winchester Rifle,” continued his stellar play with 13 points on 3/6 shooting. He also had two blocks, a steal and an assist. The kid appears unflappable running the point.

It’s truly amazing to witness Green’s transformation from an undisciplined freshmen to a veteran-like sophomore holding his own against the best of the ACC.  He also regained his form on his mid-range jumper.  The one negative for Green was his foul shooting.  He was 28 for his last 29 from the line coming in and hit his first four foul shots.  But he missed two of his final four from the stripe, and that’s not including a foul shot he missed on a lane violation.  Let’s hope this doesn’t become a Davila-like mental block.

Victor Davila had another hot and cold game. He had a game-high 13 rebounds and six points, but he continues to put the ball on the floor when all he needs to do is go up to the basket. I counted at least four times in this game in which Davila got the ball underneath and put it on the floor rather than go straight to the hoop. By putting it on the floor, he allows the defenders time to collapse and foul him. And when he goes to the line, it’s not pretty. He was just 2/5 at the line tonight. He’s shooting under 48 percent for the season.

Nonetheless, Davila did more good than harm and he was pulling down rebounds left and right tonight and even fought through box outs to get a few of those.

Tech got decent minutes from its bench, but sophomore forward Manny Atkins was the only one who contributed on the scoreboard – he had eight points (all in a three minute span late in the first half) and played extremely tough. He’s developing into a quality sixth man. He can come off the bench and hit the deep three and also mix things up in the post fighting for rebounds. He plays hard and doesn’t back down.

Freshmen Tyrone Garland and Jarell Eddie were a combined 0/7 from the field, but did give the starters some much needed rest. Eddie was a beast on the offensive glass to earn his per diem.

Tech played man defense almost exclusively tonight and was aided by the fact that n.c. state’s best player, Tracy Smith, was battling a knee injury the entire second half. The Hokies (mainly Davila, who is now a great post defender) limited Smith to 11 points (four below his average) and six rebounds on 4/11 shooting. C.J. Leslie, the pack’s stud freshman, had 18 points to lead the state. The pack hit just 3/15 three-pointers.

This one almost got away, but the Hokies held on for a key win in ACC play. Tech is now 5-3 halfway through the ACC schedule and that’s a hell of a lot better than 4-4.

Virginia Tech heads north to face boston college Saturday at 1 p.m. The Hokies didn’t fare well in their last trip to chestnut hill, losing badly 60-80.  And bc will have a chip on its shoulder after losing by 32 at home to unc on Tuesday.

Niemo’s Note: VT is 5-3 at the halfway point of ACC play.  Who’d have thunk that after Tech started 1-2 with a horrible home loss to uva, and a 16-point blown lead at unc?  Once again, Seth found a way to rally the troops.  Random note: uva held clemson to 13 points in the first half tonight… ouch!  Then uva turns around and only scored 13 in the first 19+ minutes of the second half.  This game set ACC bball back 30 years.  It looked like a wisconsin intra-squad scrimmage… Oh, and I shed a tear when Greenberg and Sidney Lowe shook hands at the end.  It is likely the last time VT will face Lowe, the worst coach in the ACC.  Tech somehow started 0-4 against him but have now won 4 in a row.

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  • Chris

    Much needed victory. IMO, this team will have to go at least 10-6, maybe 11-5, to go dancing in March. Considering we have four more road games and home games with Duke, BC, and Maryland, it was crucial to get to 5-3 at the halfway point of ACC play. This team has a chance to really establish themselves as a top 4 ACC team in Chesnut Hill on Saturday. While the game isn’t a must-win, it’s a would-be-really-nice-to-win game. Hopefully they can play loose on Saturday after winning tonight.

    Thoughts on the game:

    - A tale of two halves here. Even though we didn’t shoot well in the 1st half, I thought it was one of the best halves we’ve played overall all season. We flat-out wanted it more. We beat NC ST to every loose ball and played smart basketball. I thought it was the best half Allen has had all year; he didn’t even pick up a foul!

    - 2nd half was just ugly. We took some dumb shots and I didn’t see the same intensity in the 2nd half. And we committed some VERY stupid fouls. Two fouls in a row late that sent NC ST to the line and they were 90 feet away from the basket.

    - Great game from Terrell Bell. He played with a lot of confidence tonight and it showed.

    - I like how Tyrone Garland has a lot of confidence for a freshman, but every time he touches the ball he shoots it. And he plays too out of control at times. But I guess that can be said of a lot of freshmen PGs.

    -Another solid game from Eric Green. Can’t ask for more than he’s giving right now.

    - Was a well-officiated game until the last six minutes of the game. Then it was just a circus. The missed foul on Eric Green’s jumper with 3-4 minutes left was criminal.

    - NC ST is much worse than I thought. They take awful shots and don’t exactly bust it on defense. There’s no way Sidney Lowe is back next year (or is there?). CJ Leslie looks like a very nice player though. Hopefully for us he leaves soon. And I personally think Scott Wood is a punk.

    -And congrats to Delaney on scoring his 2000th career point!

    Anyway, nice win, even though they made me sweat it out late. Any road win in the ACC is a good win. On to BC!

  • King

    Stat of the game has to be Davila’s 13 rebounds. It’s the first time all season he’s had double-digit rebounds, something we’ve been missing from him. Good work Victor!

    • Niemo

      King – Hard to believe Victor only had 1 double-double in 3 years. But yes, I’ll take 13 rebounds from him (and 6 points) any night. We need him on the glass more than the scoring column.

  • Bryan

    Really like the energy that Davilla is playing with. Bell looked smooth. Green was solid and Delaney and Allen played to their abilities. Good game all around. Very glad we didn’t let it slip away at the end.

  • Brandon

    You are incorrect. By far, Bzdelik at Wake is the worst coach in the ACC and it’s not even close.

    • Niemo

      No way, Brandon. Lowe has proven his title over 5 years. He’s now 22-50 in ACC play. He’s 6-30 in games away from the RBC Center (that’s 1.2 road wins per year). The most ACC games he’s won in a season is 6, and he only did that once. And he’s had a lot of talent. I want to see more from Bzdelik before I give him the title. Maybe he’ll actually turn a corner, maybe he won’t. But Lowe is a proven loser.
      That said, Bzdelik will probably be the worst coach in the ACC next year as I expect to see Lowe and Hewitt get fired after this year. Haith, if he survives, would be 2nd worst.

  • http://stores.ebay.com/hip-hop-heads-vinyl-crates HipHop_Hokie

    Unbelievably solid team win last night against the Pack. I haven’t ever seen us rebound as ferociously as we did in the first half of that one. Jeff Allen has finally turned back into a double-double machine and is finally crashing the boards with a passion, as is Victor Davila. That is going to prove to be yet another strength for us Saturday against a BC team that is one of THE WORST rebounding teams in the entire country (302nd out of 345!!!!).

    Additionally, Manny Atkins is turning into a J.T. Thompson-like 6th man for us… fantastic to see. With him now fully capable of handling 15-20 minutes per game if needed, Tyrone Garland starting to show a bit more comfort spelling Green at the point for a few minutes here and there, and Jarrell Eddie even providing a few solid plug-in minutes for us last night against State, we now have a really solid first 6 and a decent 7th and 8th option on our injury-riddled roster. Major props as well to my man T-Bell for last night’s effort… I am really comfortable watching him spot up from long range these days. His confidence level is soaring.

    On to the next game… UNC just made BC look like a JV high school team in their own gym on Tuesday night, so I expect for the Eagles to come out with a reinjection of pride to start this game. But unless Reggie Jackson can muster some type of career 30+ point type of game, I don’t see us having much problem with this BC team that has really disappointed in this 3-game stretch (@FSU, @Duke, UNC) that COULD have really catapulted them up the ranks.

    All said… with BC still sitting at a respectable #43 in the RPI, getting this next one would be a great road win for the Hokies. Let’s GO!!!!

    • Niemo

      HipHop – Cope compared Atkins to JT and I took it out. I agree Atkins is a good 6th man now, but their games are so different I don’t like the comparison (no offense). That said, Manny Millions was great on the glass last night, something we haven’t seen before. But JT brought that every night. And I want to see Manny find his shot more. It seems like he can’t find weak spots in defenses to get his 3 off. Part of that is a lack of drive and kicks by the guards, so that’s not on him. But he needs to be shooting more 3s.

  • http://stores.ebay.com/hip-hop-heads-vinyl-crates HipHop_Hokie

    That Cope sounds like one smart, smart guy.

  • chrishokie

    I agree with Chris that we need to go at least 10-6 for NCAA. I think we make it for sure at 11-5 but would need to beat Duke or win at least one ACC tourney game to make it at 10-6. With only a Duke loss and a BC loss we can finish at 11-5. Picking up this win on the road against BC would be a huge lift on getting to 11-5. I also have a little more hope now against Duke, especially since it is a home game. Smith and Singler play as many minutes per game as Delaney and Davilla so our lack of depth may not hurt as much against them.

  • Casey

    Love the site guys…great job! The only good thing about the BC game not being on TV is we won’t have to listen to Len Elmore spew his Terp-fueled negative comments toward all we are. Did you catch his response during the replay of Green being completely mugged by Wood? He said “well yeah there MAY be some contact there but, em, err,…” Thankfully we kicked Maryland’s tail with him on the call that night.

    • Niemo

      Casey – I don’t mind Len too much, but all terp grads/fans are homers. Just like Scott Van Pelt (can’t stand him). Len at least knows the game well and for the most part does a decent job. But, man, is it painful going to games at maryland. Luckily we are 2-0 in football there and 2-1 in our last 3 bball games there (I’ve been at all of them).

  • UptownsGreatest

    I definitely agree Manny Millions has to shoot more threes, because that is where he flourishes. However, being there are not many penetration kick-outs, he may need to start working coming off curls to get open so that can happen. I think his aggressiveness and recent inside play has added another dynamic to his game, but V-Tech didn’t bring him there to primarily do that. They brought him there to shoot and be a scorer, so Delaney and Green need to start penetrating more and kick the ball out to perimeter more of an opportunity for Atkins to get his three off.

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