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Recap | VT (3-0) 78, florida international (1-1) 63 | NIT Second Round

Heeeeeeee’s baaaaack! Virginia Tech’s redshirt senior Dorenzo Hudson was admittedly a little “rusty” in the first two games of the young season, but he shook off that rust tonight in the Hokies’ 78-63 win over florida international.

Hudson led the Hokies with 31 points in 34 minutes of action. Three other Hokies scored in double figures, including freshman phenom Dorian Finney-Smith, who had 14 points. Erick Green returned to the starting five and added 12 points while senior Victor Davila contributed 11, including a wicked “one-handed ram” … whatever that is.

Finney-Smith is the real deal, people. For reals. Doe Doe had a double-double tonight – 14 points, 10 rebounds – and still managed 5 assists and a pair of steals. It was his second d/d of the season.

It’s been a long time since Hokie fans have seen a freshman step into the starting lineup and play this well and more importantly, with this much poise and confidence.

Jarrell Eddie, a sophomore back from a semester suspension, was the only starter to not score, but he did contribute 5 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal. Tech’s bench threw in 10 points, getting two each from Robert Brown, Cadarian Raines, Ty Garland, C.J. Barksdale, and Joey Racer.

This game was never in doubt, folks, so it was a great game to sit back and enjoy watching the young guns get some quality playing time and build some confidence.

Tech led 33-26 at the half and came out in the second half with a zone defense that completely smothered fiu. The Hokies built a huge lead and then coasted to a 15-point victory, their third of the season.

The bad news is that Green left the game in the second half with an injury – presumably the same Achilles that’s been hampering him early this season. He played 25 minutes before coming out for good. When we know more, we’ll pass it on.

That’s the quick and dirty version. Niemo may or may not chime in, but really, what more do you need to know? The Hokies played an absolutely terrible team tonight and they won as they should have. And, we’re going to Madison Square Garden, allegedly the world’s most famous arena, though we’ve yet to confirm.

Tech will play a real team on Wednesday, Nov. 23, when they take on No. 5 syracuse, which trashed albany in another second-round game tonight. We’ll get a good idea of how good VT’s young team is in about a week. The tip-off time hasn’t been set yet.

PS – Seth Greenberg > Isaiah Thomas

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4 Responses to “Recap | VT (3-0) 78, florida international (1-1) 63 | NIT Second Round”

  1. HipHop_Hokie says:

    Loving what I am seeing from the squad. Dorenzo was outstanding tonight… flashes of playing at the very top of his game. If he can maintain anything close to the level that he played at tonight, then we will be in every game this year. And Doe Doe… wow. I enjoyed seeing him play some at Norcom but definitely didn’t think that his game was going to translate so immediately to the college level. Granted, he hasn’t gone up against the stiffest of competition yet, but his level of play at this point looks as complete as any other freshman out there in the league. I fully expect for him to battle with Rivers every week for the ACC rookie of the week title… and those two may very well finish 1/2 in the freshman of the year honors.

    Very excited now to square off against the Cuse and see what we’ve really got. I think we’re ready.

    Kind of disappointed that C.J. has vanished so much in these past 2 games compared to his opening effort. Let’s get things back on track against the Orange big man… we’re gonna need a total team effort.


  2. Chrishokie says:

    We’ve learned that a good guard combo can take you a long way in the ACC. If we indeed have the 2009-10 version of Hudson we are in great shape. Add to it a point-forward in Smith, multiple 3-point threats and the excitement builds. If the big guys can rebound, play defense and throw it down when receiving a dish from Green, Smith or Hudson this rebuilding year could be an awesome one! Smith and Brown are also good ball handlers who can help us handle abckcourt pressure.

  3. Goodraisin says:

    Great game against a mediocre team. They were definitely a better squad than Monmouth, so I guess we can be happy about that. They also supposedly get two key big men available for the second half of the season, which could help VT’s RPI if they win the Sun Belt Conference (a distinct possibility). I also like that VT has now played two teams who run primarly a 2-3 zone as their defense. That gave us some valuable practice for the Syracuse game, and yes I know that Syracuse’s 2-3 zone is much more effective than what FIU or ETSU run, but it’s still good to get so much practice time in against it. I am alarmingly optimistic about our chances for an upset. I love Doe Doe.

  4. chuck says:

    I like how we share the ball. It’s contagious. DFS and Green are really finding the open man and making extra passes, and Davila was a perfect spoke in the wheel, catching the ball at the FT line and quickly locating the open man on the perimeter for good looks. We are going to need more of this to compete with a Syracuse. Jim Boeheim’s zone is usually the best in the country (now that Chaney is retired).


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