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Sweeping of the terps | Recap | Hokies (7-4, 17-7) 91, maryland (5-6, 16-10) 83

Box Score

Terrell Bell played the game of his career Tuesday night as the senior from Stone Mountain, Ga., helped lead the Hokies to a hard-fought, ugly win over the maryland terrapins, 91-83.

Bell was an incredible 5/5 from behind the arc and his 16 points set a personal best in ACC games and was one off of his career high of 17 against campbell earlier this season. Bell also had three steals, three assists and a huge block.

For the second straight game, all five Hokie starters scored in double figures. Sophomore Erick Green played another stellar game with 20 points on 7/15 shooting. He hit a pair of huge three pointers late in the second half to push the Hokies back in front by six points.

Meanwhile, senior Malcolm Delaney led the Hokies with 22 points, but 14 of those came from the free throw line, where he was perfect. Delaney was just 3/14 from the field, but was able to force enough fouls to make the terps pay.

Jeff Allen notched his sixth straight double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds, all despite playing in foul trouble for much of the game. Allen now has 13 double-doubles this season and 42 for his career.

The Big Donut picked up his second personal foul less than 10 minutes into the game and his third foul three minutes into the second half, but unlike the past, he continued to be aggressive and was key to the Hokies second-half run.

Victor Davila played one of the best game of his career. He had 14 points, four rebounds and three assists, despite being in foul trouble. His baby hook shot was on tonight and the junior was 7/9 from the field.

Tech got off to another hot start, taking an 20-10 lead. But, foul trouble to Allen and Davila forced the Hokies’ big men to pick and choose their battles more carefully and maryland took advantage with a 17-5 run to take its first lead of the game with 8:23 to play.

From there, it was a back-and-forth battle featuring three lead changes and two ties before the terps took a 44-41 lead into the break. The 44 points were the most the Hokies have allowed in a half this season, but Tech outscored the terps 50-39 in the second half.

The most shocking stat is the points off the bench. The terps got 38 from their bench while the Hokies managed just three – a pair of free throws from Tyrone Garland and one from Jarell Eddie. The two freshmen were a combined 0/5 from the field.

maryland’s largest lead of the game came in the opening seconds of the second half and the terps held a lead for eight minutes. But, the Hokies kept it close and back-to-back Jeff Allen buckets tied the game 61. Bell gave Tech the lead back with one of his five three-pointers and the Hokies were up 64-61.

The terps briefly retook the lead, but the Hokies and the raucaus, albeit it sparse Cassell Crowd held off late rallies to secure a key win.

The Hokies did an admirable job of containing maryland’s big man, Jordan Williams. Tech’s defense held the big man to just 16 points and nine rebounds. Coming into the game, he was averaging 17 and 11. The terps got a big game from Terrell Stoglin, who led all scorers with 25 points.

The win gives the Hokies command of fourth place in the ACC. Tech is back on the road for a Saturday triple revenge match in Charlottesville where the Hokies hope to avenge their early season home loss to the wahoos.

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  • VTGoad

    This starting five is making me change my opinion yet again about their tournament chances. While the little impact our bench displayed may seem like a death blow in the tourney, it is not such a big deal to our team if we can avoid foul trouble. Losing hudson, thompson, chaney, and raines forced our starters to gain impressive endurance. It is amazing how our players, with such little depth, are always the ones pushing the action. We are a confident team, and unlike some of our past teams that confidence is not just in a few players. Guys like Davilla and Green have been so key. This team is a real joy to watch.

    -VT Grad 2009, love reading your site, especially for the news on prospects and past tech players.

  • http://www.vthokiefans.com Cope-acabana

    @VTGoad – Welcome to the site! We’re glad you love reading it. We’ll try not to disappoint!

  • http://www.heyhokie.com Goodraisin

    I thought the thing that most stagnated VT’s offense in the first half was when Maryland introduced that 3-2 zone. Our guys looked like they weren’t quite sure how to attack it, but I’m assuming they got the info they needed from Coach Greenberg at halftime as to where the weak spots are. With that said, 41 points in the first half is pretty good, so really the problem tonight for most of the game was defense. I’m sure it didn’t make Greenberg happy to give up over 40 points in both halves. I loved the determination from the starting five… they looked like they just wanted the win more and found ways to be effective. I especially loved to see Erick Green battle back from a poor first half to sink two key 3-pointers near the end of the game. Manny Atkins has really been struggling with his shot lately… he’s not just missing shots right now, he’s way off target. Hopefully he will come back around soon to help give our bench some life.

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

    While I didn’t get to see the man-to-man defense that I asked for pregame to throw off the twerps a bit, we were able to successfully use our zone to generate transition buckets early, which really set the tone. I was very glad to see that. As I commented just a few games ago, I really cannot see Terrell Bell shoot the ball ENOUGH these days. His shot looks completely automatic right now, and he needs to keep taking every open look he has. GREAT STUFF T-BELL!!!

    As for Erick and Victor… can’t say enough about them last night. Vic was a man possessed out there in the low post, playing against one of the best big men in our league! Talk about showing out. And the early streaks to the basket and late-game 3’s from Erick were both quintessential to setting the tone of the game and closing it out, respectively. Our court general helped LEAD us to another victory last night… great to see.

    As for the captains of the crew – Malcolm and Jeff – well it was a mixed bag for them. Jeff really did an outstanding job in this game of not losing focus after getting the two early fouls, and he played a phenomenal second half in my opinion. Those last 20 minutes really epitomized everything that he has come to represent here in his senior year… a leader that you can depend on down the stretch. I hope that I am not the only one that appreciates how, after fouling out in FIVE of our first ELEVEN games this year (almost half!!), the big little donut has yet to commit 5 fouls in ANY of our 13 games since… he’s only even picked up 4 fouls in 4 of those games!! Something certainly clicked for Jeff after the St. Boneventure game that he fouled out of and that we had to go to overtime to win earlier this season… because he has been a totally different player since. Major props to Jeff and his 6 straight double doubles. THIS is the Jeff Allen that we have been waiting for.

    As for Malcolm… well, I sure am glad that he can shoot free-throws. He is certainly dishing the ball out in good spots throughout games, but these nights where he shoots 3/14 from the field and still ends up with 20+ points thanks to lines like 14-of-14 from the charity stripe continue to amaze me. I call that “Hansbrough’ing” more than “scoring”, but I’ll take the points however they come. Malcolm really needs to start taking better shots, though, in these next few games.

    All said… this was a phenomenal team win. Second straight game with all 5 starters in double figures?? That’s straight cash money. Nobody wants to see the Hokies right now. Let’s CRUSH the Hoos on Saturday… I’m talking NO MERCY. Payback is in order.

  • hokiegrad

    How was the Cassell not full for this game? It’s Maryland… you know it’s gonna be a good game. They just always are. And was it ever!

    The bench wasn’t great, but the provided a few key minutes rest for the starters, and Garland knocked down a couple critical freethrows (his first of the year? Wow, that doesn’t seem possible with the minutes he’s played). Bell was player of the game in my opinion. I think that gave that distinction to Green, and he was key. So was Davila (wow, great game from him). Allen put up another double-double. Malcolm just kept getting to the line and converting… But I’d give it to Bell. Deadly from 3, some big rebounds, etc… but the biggest play may have been his reach-in foul that kept Allen from picking up his fourth (because Allen fouled the guy right after). Seemed like he saw that was about to happen and stepped in. Key. The announcers kept going on and on about how they didn’t see how the foul could have been attributed to Bell and we got a break… nope, Bell just bailed us out there. Definitely the right call (which they would have seen if they’d replayed it).

  • chrishokie

    A great win for sure! Thinking on prior posts I am not at all confident that we will make into the NCAA with a 10-6 ACC record. Going into last night we were 66 in RPI. If we finish 10-6 that’s a 4-2 record since the 66 ranking. If we go 1-1 in the ACC tourney that makes us 5-3 since being ranked 66. I think we need to be in the top 50 in RPI. I don’t know if 5-3 will move us into the top 50. I still think we need 11-5 in ACC play. If we go 10-6 I think we will need to win 2 ACC tourney games which will be no small feat considering the 2nd game may be against Duke or UNC. Having said that I am elated that we are this close given the setbacks we have had this season! Go Hokies!

  • King

    I tuned in to the last 10 minutes online after work on the west coast. Can anyone explain how Allen didn’t get whistled for his 4th foul when MD’s Polsson drove to the hoop & drew a whistle with about 4 min remaining? Allen was defending him but the refs somehow gave the foul to Bell. Maybe it was the basketball gods’ way of intervening on Tech’s behalf. That could’ve spelled disaster. Big win at home, now need to pick up a couple on the road.

    • Niemo

      King – Bell reached in on the drive. There was one angle where you could see him swipe at Polsson. Did he hit him? Not sure. But it was the call they made. The announcers completely missed that and went off on a tirade, but it was the call they made, right or wrong.

  • Jordan

    HipHop – I completely agreed with your post about changing up the defenses in the pre-game post, and they did some. We started the 2nd Half in Man, which I did think threw them a little, but it was long into the half before Victor and Jeff picked up another foul, so we backed out of it.

  • Blue Collar Hokie

    This is a game we would have lost in years past. These Hokies are making me proud no matter what happens on selection Sunday. It’s simple everybody, beat Duke. I think we got a puncher’s chance but lets not get ahead of ourselves; lets go embarass the hoos.

  • King

    Thanks for clearing that up Niemo. Allen is playing like a man-child and demonstrating an NBA skill set, with underrated dribble-drive ability and lighting-quick post moves. Needs to work on his range, and maybe he can do that in the D-League, but he’s got the physical attributes to warrant consideration…plus, he’ll get 6 fouls! Seriously though, it’s great to finally see the senior leadership and maturity…it’s been well worth the 3 year agonizing wait.

  • Ben

    Fantastic game, one of the key plays I didn’t see mentioned was Delaney drawing jordan williams’ 4th foul on a fast break with 5 minutes left. Williams didn’t get a point or a rebound after that 4th foul.

    The interior passing was phenomenal. I’ve never seen Allen and Davila look for each other as often as they did. Davila had great hands and looked very confident.

    Gotta agree with HipHop_Hokie, I can’t get enough of Bell’s shooting. He has great form on his jumper and he has been lights out recently (6/7 in last two games). Percentage-wise, he’s now the best 3pt shooter on the team, attempting a third of the shots Delaney does. Get him the ball!!

    Looking forward to embarrassing uva this saturday!

  • rockhokie

    Vic played like he is capable of playing. It is important for him to get more touches because is footwork is the best I’ve seen in a big man in a long time. His post Defense is also excellent. This game and the Miami and GT games show that Vic is a real post presents. The more touches he gets, the better VT goes. Its good to see MD spread the wealth, and share the shots.

    Next year when the seniors are gone. Vic and Green will be the back bone. VT is a team rising towards the peek of their potential, and theres no better time to do that than during Feb and March. Go Hokies!

  • RK in Roanoke

    Blue Collar – Beat Duke and get in – unless they lose focus on the two bottom feeders coming up. We should absolutely blow out uva. seth needs to impress me by having this team focused on some revenge. Beat them so soundly the Prince gets double digit minutes and at least three buckets!

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