Categorized | 2010-11 Season, Game Recaps, NIT

Hokies fall in second round | #4 wichita state (26-8) 79, #1 VT (22-12) 76, OT

The season is over. The college careers of two of the most talented players ever to suit up for Virginia Tech have come to a close. The No. 1 seeded Hokies fell to the No. 4 seed, wichita state, 79-76 in overtime. As has been the case for so many games, when Delaney has a big game, Tech seems to lose. The senior from Baltimore, Md., had a game-high 30 points. Sophomore Erick Green had 17 points.

Another sophomore, Manny Atkins, hit a big three pointer in the final minute of regulation to give the Hokies a 69-66 lead, but the shockers tied the game to send it to overtime. With state leading 76-74 and with the possession, Green stole the ball and fed a streaking Terrell Bell for a layup to tie the game at 76. But state inbounded the ball and went the length of the court for an uncontested layup to retake the lead, 78-76, with 2.2 seconds left in the game.

The Hokies inbounded the ball and Delaney appeared to be fouled, but the ref swallowed his whistle and instead called Delaney for stepping out of bounds. The Hokies fouled, sent state to the line, and that was the game.

Jeff Allen reverted to his old ways by fouling out with 6:12 left in the game with the Hokies trailing by two. That sealed Tech’s fate as they had no size and no inside presence to either score or defend in the paint. Allen finished with 10 points and seven rebounds. The call was more than questionable as the shockers player took a dook-like flop to help sell it.

Delaney, a first-team All-ACC selection, shot lights out in the first half, hitting 6/9 from the field and 3/5 from behind the arc. Victor Davila, who had been battling an injured shoulder, started and played respectably, though you could tell the shoulder was bothering him, particularly when he air-balled a free throw in the first half. He’s bad from the charity stripe, but he at least hits rim when he misses.

The shockers opened the second half with an 11-3 run to take a 41-35 lead. After a steal and fast-break layup at the other end for wichita state, Joe Ragland was called for a technical foul, for something he must have said to Delaney after scoring the bucket. Delaney hit both free throws to cut the lead to 41-39, but then followed it up by committing his third personal foul with 16 minutes to play in the game.

Delaney stayed in the game, despite the three personals, with 21 of the Hokies’ 39 points at that point. After falling behind by six, 41-35, the Hokies used a slow, but steady 13-7 run to tie the game at 48 on Terrell Bell’s first points of the game – a three from the left corner.

That’s it for now. Niemo will likely have a season-recap in the days ahead, but for now, this season is mercifully over. See you in eight months, Hokie fans.

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  • chrishokie

    They played hard in both games and I give them credit for that. It was great to see Debnam get a shot to play in some key minutes. Davilla’s injury played a role in the this for sure and that’s a microcosm of the entire season. This was about as tough a luck season as you can have. We still had some great moments and nearly has a big season through it all. We will benefit some next year with Hudson and Thompson returning but a healthy team this year could have been our best ever.

    Thanks for the coverage Niemo and Cope and for giving us a forum to interact about Hokie hoops! Best wishes to our seniors and thanks for the memories. We have a lot to be excited about next year.

  • GriffithVT

    They fought hard today…they simply didn’t have the numbers. Next year we could put things together with a nice youth/experience blend. The emergence of Eric Green is huge for the team. Would love to hear thoughts on next years starting line-up:

    PG E. Green
    SG Hudson
    SF Dorian Finley Smith
    PF CJ Barksdale or JT
    C Davila

    Here’s to next year and breaking the cycle! Niemo thanks for your work…love this site and am thrilled to have found it.

    Mark

  • RK in Roanoke

    Niemo and Cope – Thanks for this site. I am already looking forward to your coverage next year.
    GriffithVT – Don’t forget Raines and Chaney. With the class coming in, Seth could potentially have the reverse problem next year: how to get all the good players time.

    Does anybody besides me think that Seth should have used Debnam more in the last three weeks. He played hard today and he is a physical specimen; looks like an outside linebacker. I don’t know what he wants to be but I kind of hope graduate assistant coach is in the works for him. His energy is fabulous and I could see him as a coach.

  • Ryan W

    yea thanks guys…started following the site this year and its been awesome. im gonna miss all the seniors especially watching Delaney because lets be honest he is a once in a decade type guy. hopefully we start to get more great players but what he did with zero rest and having to play almost every minute was special. bell was the ultimate glue guy that could knock down the occasional 3 pointer. as talented a player jeff allen is he hurt us more then he helped us at times. i know we didn’t have much bench so he had to be in but fouling out with over 6 minutes left is a joke. he needs to be more conscious of situations. as for next year….if everybody comes back healthy- jt, hudson, chaney… we could be very solid with all those young guys coming in. go hokies!

  • H-SCokie

    Griffith, I wouldn’t sleep on Manny Atkins. I think he’s a Dennis Scott type player (assuming he can put on 10-15lbs and get a little quicker), and proved to me down the stretch that he deserves to be in there. I think he starts next year at the 3. If he can develop a mid-range game and play off the bounce the same way that AD did from his sophomore to junior year. He’s going to be a special player for us. I’m a big fan and thought going into the year he was the key. Unfortunately he emerged a little too late, but his last month has been really special.

  • RK in Roanoke

    H-SCokie – great point about Manny. He really developed. I wonder if Eddie and Garland are thinking about transferring. If they get their stuff together and work over the summer they can be assets, but it sure looked like Seth has soured on garland.
    This team could go 8 or 9 deep next year.

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