No Sting, All Gobble | Recap | #6 VT 59, #11 georgia tech 43

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The Magnificent Seven rolled to victory, 59-43, against georgia tech on Thursday.  Virginia Tech did what they had to do — take care of business and win on Day 1 of the ACC Tournament (which consequently is Day 14 of the Big East UEFA Cup round robin double elimination Tournament — I haven’t seen a tournament this confusing since Base-ketball) in a near Bear Fight at the Greensboro Coliseum .  The Hokies locked up their 20th win of the season, and 10th ACC win.  The current senior class is now 11-1 in tournament openers (3-1 at the ACC Tournament).

In what was Paul Hewitt’s final game as coach of georgia tech, the jackets laid an egg.  The Hokies played like a team on a mission to get to the NCAA Tournament (where was this last week???) and sent the jackets, along with most of the crowd, home early.

The Hokies dominated this game from the start.  Tech jumped out to an 8-0 lead and pushed it to 15-2 shortly thereafter.  The yellow jackets had their fans feeling yellow — they had just 2 points 7 minutes into the game.  A Terrell Bell triple blew the doors open with 8 minutes to go in the first half, putting the Hokies up 27-9.  VT got 7 points each early from Delaney and Green (who struggled mightily in Atlanta against gt) to build the lead.  Tech led by as many as 18 in the first half, and after a sluggish start for both teams offensively in the second half, VT leaped out to a 20-point lead five and a half minutes into the second half.  When I say this game was all Hokies, I mean it was ALL HOKIES.

Oh, and in case you were wondering, YES, the stat of stats held true: for the 15th straight VT game, the team that shot a higher percentage from 3-point range won.  georgia tech couldn’t hit water if they fell out of a boat tonight.  They shot just 22% from deep (5/23) while the Hokies knocked down 27% (4/15).  georgia tech started just 3/21 from behind the arc and that sunk their ship.  Shumpert, who had a triple-double in Atlanta and 27 points in B’burg, finished with a pedestrian 12 points, 4 steals, 2 assists, and 1 rebound.  And Brian Oliver, who torched the Hokies in the gt win in Atlanta, did play for the first time in over a month tonight but was just 1/8 from the field.

VT shot 47% for the game compared to just 32% for the jackets.  The jackets, a poor shooting team on average, had no answer for the VT 2-3 zone (which they stayed in the entire game).  Tech also dominated tech in the paint as expected — beating gt 28-14 in points in the paint.  The Hokies even got 9 points from their ‘scholarship’ bench (all two of them) — Atkins had 6 while Garland had 3 — and Paul Debnam also added a free throw in garbage time.

The good news is this: Malcolm Delaney’s shot looked good tonight for the first time in a while, and Jeff Allen still had that sweet, sweet mid-range jumper.  The two combined to shoot 10/17 from the floor (a low shot total but I’ll take the efficiency).  Delaney tallied 15 points, 4 assists, and 2 steals on the night while Allen added 14 points and 11 rebounds for his 15th double-double of the season and 45th of his career.  Erick Green added a solid 11 points to give three Hokies double figures.  Bell and Davila had just 9 combined points, but it didn’t matter tonight.

Tales of Jeff Allen’s demise were greatly exaggerated — the senior had 6 points and 8 rebounds at the break in 17 minutes.  The 8 rebounds matched in a half what he produced all of last week in 2 games.  Delaney led the Hokies at the break with 11 points and 4 assists, plus chipped in 2 of VT’s 8 steals.

VT exploded to a 55-31 lead with 8 minutes to go, and largely ‘iced the puck’ the rest of the game.  In fact, georgia tech had averaged less than a point per minute for most of the first 35 minutes.  VT scored just 2 points from the 8:23 mark of the second half to the 1:18 point, but it didn’t matter.  The game was for the birds.

The jackets, meanwhile, did one of two things on offensive early on: supply another brick for a house, or turn the ball over.  georgia tech shot just 23% in the first half, while the Hokies hit 50% of their shots.   If it hadn’t been for Glen Rice Jr., who was banking in more shots than Minnesota Fats, georgia tech might have been in single digits at the break.  He had 8 points, while star Iman Shumpert was largely invisible with just 5 points, 2 assists, 1 steal, and 0 rebounds, well below his triple-double (and near quadruple-double) against VT in Atlanta.

The only scare of the first half was, after building a 30-11 lead on a Tyrone Garland 3-point play, georgia tech went on an 8-0 run to cut the lead to 30-19 and had a couple of shots to get within single digits.  The Hokies were scoreless for almost 5 minutes, including 3 missed free throws by Delaney.  But Tech went on a 6-0 run to close the half and led 36-19 at the half.

The Hokies return to action on Friday night at the same time (~9:20 PM) against the #3 seed florida state seminoles… oh, and Chris Singleton might play after all (but I doubt it).  Win, and the Hokies are assured a NCAA Tournament bid (I think).  Lose, and look out fingernails on Sunday.

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  • DuffHokie

    Surprised Seth didn’t rest the guys more near the end, but I guess he wanted to make sure some miracle comeback didn’t happen like it did earlier in the day for miami.

    Anyhow, well put. This was the intensity and focus they were missing last week. I guess I put the jinx on us for the ‘bear fight’ when I had the hot latina bartender at my hotel in Miami make sure she had everything in stock.

    • Niemo

      LOL – don’t blame yourself. The Bear Fight just wasn’t meant to be.

  • chrishokie

    Nice wrap-up Niemo! I also would have liked to have seen the starters come out, especially when Delaney went to the floor. But, we could took care of business and I can go to work with my head held high in the midst of many GT fans down here in Atlanta. And there are a couple of UVA fans too! Actually, GT fans may thank us for winning. The last thing they wanted was another ACC tournament run that ended up keeping Hewitt around another year. We know we are capable of beating FSU. LET’S DO IT AGAIN!

  • RK in Roanoke

    Niemo – nice wrap up. And very nice Minn Fats reference. been waiting on that one long? Definitely would have liked to see Allen and Delaney come out earlier, but I think Seth is hoping 2 wins is all it takes and is not worrying about what might happen on sat if they beat fsu. nice win over bad team. If i am Shumpert i leave this year. Still not sold that Hewitt is gone. He has a huge buyout and then they have to pay another coach. Not sure gt can afford it.

    • Niemo

      RK – It just came to me last night at 4:30 AM. That’s when I seem to do my best thinking.

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

    Any truth to the rumor that immediately after the final buzzer sounded, Paul Hewitt was running around the court screaming at the top of his lungs “I won!! I won the lottery!! $7 million!! Woooohooooo!!!!”???

  • RK in Roanoke

    Ah yes, the wee small hours. And aren’t you in the land of great things made with the aid of malt? Creative thinking and single malts or malt and hops in the hours before the dawn, a great combination.

    HHH – nice. Of course I hope gt keeps him. And ncstate keeps lowe. Can we get someone else in the acc to hire stokes?

  • H-SCokie

    The best thing that came out of the game last night was the pace of the game. Our guys were able to put it in cruise control for most of the night, so they’ve got to still have something in the tank. We’re in much better shape coming out of this game then I thought we were going to be.

    One of the great things I saw last night was the obvious comraderie between all of them. They looked like a family on the court and it showed in the results.

    Do you all think the thing holding Garland back the most is that he’s hesitant and playing on his heels? I hope that his blow-bye and 3pt play lights a fire under him and gets him going. He’s going to be a force once he can use that NBA speed and quickness effectively.

    • Niemo

      H-SC – the thing holding TG back is turnovers and poor effort on defense. He instantly had a lazy pass that gt deflected and stole last night. And he doesn’t work hard enough fighting through screens on D, and you know Seth won’t tolerate that. But I like his offense a lot. Can’t get to 3rd all time in Philly and not have skills.

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2014-2015 Schedule/Results

November

11/14 - Hokies 71, md. eastern shore 46
11/19 - Hokies 73, liberty 63
11/22 - appalachian state 65, Hokies 63
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Cancun Classic
11/25 - n. iowa 73, Hokies 54
11/26 - Hokies 78, miami ohio 63
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11/30 - morgan state | 3pm, ESPN3

December

12/03 - @ penn state | 7:15pm, ESPNU
12/07 - vs. radford | 3pm, ESPN3
12/14 - vs. alabama a&m | 3pm, ESPN3
12/20 - vs. the citadel | 1pm, ESPN3
12/22 - vs. vmi | 7pm, ESPN3
12/27 - vs. presbyterian | 7pm, ESPN3
12/30 - @ west virginia | 2pm, ESPNU

January

01/03 - vs. syracuse | Noon, RSN
01/06 - @ fsu | 7pm, RSN
01/13 - @ louisville | 7pm, RSN
01/18 - @ unc | 6:30pm, ESPNU
01/22 - vs. notre dame | 7pm, RSN
01/25 - vs. uva | 1pm, ACCN
01/27 - vs. pittsburgh | 7pm, ESPNU
01/31 - @ wake forest | 2pm, RSN

February

02/03 - @ syracuse | 9pm, ESPNU
02/07 - vs. fsu | 3pm, ACCN
02/09 - vs. georgia tech | 9pm, ESPNU
02/14 - @ clemson | Noon, RSN
02/18 - @ miami | 7pm, RSN
02/21 - @ nc state | 6pm, ESPN2
02/25 - vs. duke | 9pm, ESPN2
02/28 - @ uva | 4pm, ACCN

March

03/02 - vs. boston college | 9pm, ESPNU
03/07 - vs. miami | Noon, RSN
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ACC Tournament
03/10 - 1st rd.
03/11 - 2nd rd.
03/12 - quarterfinals
03/13 - semifinals
03/14 - championship

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