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Recap | Hokies 3G.1 (5-1) 73, st. bonaventure (2-2) 64

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It wasn’t pretty for the first 20 minutes, in fact, it was down-right ugly, but the Hokies exploded for 48 second half points and won 73-64 at the Cassell over a solid st. bonaventure club.  And don’t let the name fool you, the bonnies are a solid club in the A-10 and this likely will wind up as a top 100 win for the Hokies.

The first half set basketball back about 30 years.  Virginia Tech committed 10 turnovers while st. bonaventure started out just 5/26 from the field and were at 27% for the half.  Tech, after jumping to a 9-2 lead in the first 3 minutes, would go over 5 minutes without scoring after that (luckily the bonnies only scored 3 during that stretch so VT was still up 9-5), would only score 4 points over 12 minutes, and just 6 points over 14 minutes.  The Hokies were a turnover machine during this stretch, turning it over on 5 consecutive possessions at one point.  Yet Virginia Tech never trailed in the first half or the game thanks to the bonnies cold shooting.  The bonnies tied the game at 15 with 3:30 left in the first half, but VT used triples by Robert Brown and Dorian Finney-Smith in the final minute to take a 25-21 lead to the break.  Green paced the Hokies with 7.

Virginia Tech got it going on offense in the second half.  Tech shot better than 50% from the field and 3-point range, and hit 18/23 from the line.

The Hokies jumped up 11 early in the second half, up 36-25, but watched the bonnies battle back within 3 at 48-45 with 7:30 to go.  But Tech took advantage of Andrew Nicholson’s 4 fouls inside and started attacking the tin.  Plus, some clutch 3-point shooting helped Tech put this game away.  An Eddie 3-pointer put VT up 53-45 with 6:49 to go, and Davila’s ‘and-1′ fouled out Nicholson and put VT up 65-54 with 2:30 to go.  That was ballgame.

We saw a couple of familiar themes in this win:

  • GOOD: The Hokies continue to have balanced scoring: 4 Hokies reached double digits for the game with Green scoring 19, Davila 13, Finney-Smith and Eddie with 11, and Hudson with 8.
  • BAD: VT couldn’t rebound on defense, or free throws, to save their life: st. bonaventure had 11 offensive rebounds in the first half and 17 for the game.
  • GOOD: Virginia Tech shot the lights out from deep: Tech was 3/8 from behind the arc in the first half and 4/7 in the second half.   Tech hit 47% for the game and are now over 40% for the season.  I did NOT expect that.
  • BAD: The Hokies love to turn the ball over in first half: 10 turnovers.
  • GOOD: Tech cleaned it up in the second half: 0 turnovers and that led to 48 points.
  • BAD: Tech let an 11-point lead nearly slip away, with st. bonnie getting within 3 (though the good side to this is once again VT held on.
  • GOOD: Doe Doe is not extinct on the stat sheet: He had 11 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 assists, just missing his 4th double-double of the year.
We also had a few pleasant surprises:
  • FTs: Tech came in shooting 68% from the stripe, but hit 20/25 (80%) today, including Davila swishing all 3 of his (he was 4/13 coming in).  Raines made both his, too.
  • VT shut down st. bonaventure’s two stars…
The Hokies really did a number on defense to the bonnies.  Andrew Nicholson, who is projected to be a First Round NBA Draft Pick after this year, was held 10 below his average, scoring just 9 and fouling out with 2:30 to go (and it isn’t because he was in foul trouble – Tech simply took him out of the game).  Also, Eric Mosley, who averaged 12 points coming in, didn’t score.

The Hokies return to action on Wednesday night late with a huge match-up at minnesota (Tubby Smith) in the ACC/Big(12) Challenge.

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  • LuvzAznChix

    Hoo-rah! MEAN GREEN MACHINE!

  • King

    Looking forward to Rankin’s debut. Should help w/ turnovers & give Tech a solid 2-deep at PG (Green & Rankin) & SG (Hudson & Garland). Plenty of room for improvement, and yet I like what I’m seeing so far. Lots of credit to Greenberg, coaching & recruiting.

  • duffhokie

    Turnovers! This is going to be a huge issue once we enter ACC play if it isn’t addressed in a hurry. I wouldn’t be surprised if we lead the nation with our 82 turnovers. Get that stat Niemo.

    • Niemo

      Duff – As Raisin said, we aren’t that bad. 13.7 turnovers per game is tied for 7th in the ACC (guess who we are tied with… duke). 4 teams are worse than us. Nationally we are in the bottom half, which isn’t great, but we are also a somewhat young team and have to expect mistakes, though Green and Hudson have had more turnovers than I’d like for veterans. And, we have played much better in second halves. We had 0 turnovers in the 2nd half yesterday.

      FYI: We had 15 TOs vs syracuse… stanford had 24. This does need improvement, but it isn’t awful, either. Needs to improve in 1st halves especially.

  • Les

    They could use a second PG on the floor with Green since they’re already playing a lot of 3-guard sets. They need a second ballhandler on the floor until we find out what Brown can do. Hudson seems to be primarily an open-court dribbler.

  • http://www.heyhokie.com Goodraisin

    duffhokie, VT is actually not too bad in turnovers-per-game… we’re 80th best out of something like 330 division I teams.

    It’s hard to see how Andrew Nicholson is a first round NBA talent after that game. I guess he must be a better shooter than what he showed out there? I also didn’t realize that, defensively, he plays as their center.

    The second half really calmed me down after a terrible first half. The Hokies looked lackluster, like they had forgotten how to play offense. The second half had much better player movement and ball movement.

  • http://www.heyhokie.com Goodraisin

    Shoot, that was last year’s stats… this year we’re a little worse coming in at #134. Nowhere near the worst, but also not what I would call “good”.

  • Al Davis

    Just Win Baby!

  • Ryan

    Nicholson never fouled out. Source: http://espn.go.com/ncb/boxscore?gameId=313310259

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