Welcome to 2006, only this time we cannot blame a string of off-the-court tragedies. The Hokies fell to 0-3 in ACC play with an absolutely horrendous loss to a boston college team that would be lucky to win half their games at the local Y. The Hokies are now 1-10 at bc all time. Yes, Tech didn’t have Erick Green, who was out with a LCL sprain, but that’s excuses. And excuses are exactly what we’ve been listening to for 5 years now — “We got jobbed!” “They are certifiably insane!” “Clearly they have something against VT!”
The simple fact is the Hokies lost to an absolutely awful team that starts 5 freshmen and finished just 5-9 out of conference, losing to holy cross by 22, umass by 36, new mexico by 28, penn state by 8, bu by 14, harvard by 21, and 3-13 uri by 6. I think it is time to admit VT is awful… wake forest lost by 36 today at home to nc state.
The Hokies started ice cold for the 3rd ACC game in a row, falling behind early. Tech did take their first, First Half lead in 3 ACC games with 7:08 to play in the first half at 17-16. But thanks to some real errors in judgment at the end of the half (not milking the clock for a last shot), the Hokies went into the break down 29-27, the 3rd straight game they’ve trailed at half.
Victor Davila paced the Hokies with 10 in the first half. Dorenzo Hudson added 9, so the seniors were in full force. Raines added 5 and Barksdale had 2, meaning the Hokies had their 3 bigs score 17 of their 17 first half points.
boston college, meanwhile, shot 48% in the first half. They killed the Hokies with dribble-drives and post feeds.
Tech led 25-20 late in the first half, but bc used a 15-4 run between the end of the half and early in the second half to take control of the game at 35-29.
The second half was even worse for the Hokies. Tech made just 2 field goals in the first 13:30 of the 2nd half, 3 FGs in the first 17 minutes of the 2nd half, and then FINALLY made their first 3-pointer with 2:53 to go. So yes, the stat is safe – 3-Point % has decided 19 straight ACC games. Tech started 0/9 from deep and while bc hit 4/12 (which actually was well below their average of 7.5 makes per game). The Hokies hit 4 3-pointers in the final 3 minutes but it didn’t matter, the damage was done.
The key was Virginia Tech’s lack of defense, allowing the eagles to easily drive and score around the basket. Dennis Clifford, another 7-footer, worked the Hokies for 15 points (shocker), well above his average (shocker). Matt Humphrey added 14 and Ryan Anderson scored 12. bc shot 45% for the game and hit 19/28 FTs.
Tech was led by their two seniors, Davila with 14 (tying his ACC career high) and Hudson with 13, but they scored just 8 in the 2nd half. And Hudson had SEVEN turnovers.
OVER-RATED!!! Dorian Finney-Smith put up another goose egg. Brown had a whopping 1 point until he hit two late 3-pointers. Jarell Eddie had 2 points until he hit two meaningless 3-pointers in the final 10 seconds.
Tech has now been held to less than 60 points in all 3 ACC games. I’ll have more on this later, but I have to run right now and meet up with my buddy Jack (Daniels), Jim (Beam), and Wild (Turkey).
SCORES AT THE MEDIA TIMEOUTS:
- U16: bc 7-5
- U12: bc 8-7
- U8: 15-14
- U4: VT 22-20!!!
HALF: bc 29-27
- U16: bc 35-31
- U12: bc 42-38
- U8: bc 50-42
- U4: bc 56-47
FINAL bc 61, 59
FYI: I promised in the Preview I’d wear uva gear at uva next Sunday if we lost this game… ugh. I’ll be a man and do it, but I’m sick to my stomach.