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Recap | unc (3-1, 16-3) 82, Hokies (0-4, 11-7) 68

For at least a half, the Virginia Tech Hokies didn’t look like the only winless team in the ACC. The Hokies hosted No. 8 unc at the Cassell Coliseum Thursday night and used some hot three-point shooting to take a surprising 39-34 lead into the half.

But the tar heels, still reeling from their embarrassing road loss to fsu – the worst loss ever by unc under Roy Williams, came out in the second half a much different team than a packed Cassell Coliseum saw in the first half.

The second half started off pretty good for Tech with Victor Davila’s spin move to open the scoring and give the Hokies a 41-34 lead. unc answered but Green’s three from the top of the key gave Tech it’s largest lead of the game, 44-36. And then the wheels came off.

Tech’s hot shooting cooled off, unc’s defense tightened up and it was all downhill from there. The heels used an early 19-0 second-half run and never looked back on their way to the 82-68 win. Harrison Barnes led all scores with 27 points.

On the plus side, junior guard Erick Green extended his ACC-leading streak of scoring at least 10 points to 19 straight games. He had 17 points to lead the Hokies, 10 of which came in the first half. Jarrell Eddie scored 15 while Robert Brown added 12.

Meanwhile, struggling senior guard Dorenzo Hudson came off the bench for the first time all season and he played lights out… in the first half. Zo was a perfect 5/5 from the field in the first half, including 4/4 from three-point range and 2/2 at the free throw line. He led the Hokies with 16 points in the first half, but disappeared in the second posting a big zero.

The Hokies got off to their traditional slow start, but also held unc in check to keep it close. Trailing 4-1 four minutes into the game, Green got the Hokies’ first field goal with a three-pointer that tied the game. The heels pulled ahead slightly and held a 17-12 lead before the Hokies exploded for a quick 8-0 run to take their first lead of the game, 20-17.

From there, the Hokies started raining threes. Brown’s three gave the Hokies a 27-23 lead. Eddie’s trey made it 30-26. Hudson’s triple kept the Hokies in front 33-28. Immediately after that three, Green stole a unc pass, fed Hudson who laid it in at the other end for a 35-28 lead, Tech’s largest of the half.

Brown added a baseline floater and Green buried his second three of the half to cap VT’s first-half scoring. In all, the Hokies hit 8/16 three pointers in the first half and that was the difference. The tar heels did steal the momentum going into the break with an inbound pass and dunk with .9 seconds left.

As we said, the second half was all tar heels.

With the loss, Tech’s fourth straight, the Hokies fall to 0-4 in the ACC and 11-7 overall. They play at No. 16 uva on Sunday at 6 p.m.


1st Half:

  • U16: unc 8-4
  • U12: unc 15-12
  • U8: VT 24-23
  • U4: VT 35-30

HALF: VT 39-34

2nd Half:

  • U16: unc 53-44
  • U12: unc 58-46
  • U8: unc 67-49
  • U4: unc 78-61

FINAL unc 82-68

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6 Responses to “Recap | unc (3-1, 16-3) 82, Hokies (0-4, 11-7) 68”

  1. I came into this game like every other realist knowing we’d lose, but I have to say I like a lot of what we saw. The second half was awful on our part, but it didn’t help that we were playing a MUCH better team and our first half tired us out.

    This game isn’t the issue for me. If we had played like we did in this game we’d be 3-1 in the ACC. So I can’t fault the guys for what they did tonight. They just got woodshedded in the 2nd half by a team that was far superior. Great effort.

  2. Les says:

    UNC took away the 3-point shot in the second half. They forced us to put the ball on the floor and go inside where they had superior size. It seemed a lot of shots were blocked.

    UNC never seemed really bothered by our screens. They appeared to be very lackadaisical in the first half which allowed for a lot of open shots.

  3. Here’s my Gobbler Country recap of the game. A lot of the same thoughts I gave here, but also some more.

  4. King says:

    We looked like a bunch of chuckers. This is going to me a LONG season.

  5. HipHop_Hokie says:

    Our offensive gameplan (not that I’m sure we actually have one) continues to be a joke. We are a very difficult team to watch. 0-4 with a very real possibility of 0-7 staring us right in the face… wow. I would have thought we’d have had a better chance of winning the league than starting this poorly.

    Very disappointed. To answer your question, Niemo, I think it might be time.

  6. Blue Collar Hokie says:

    It was night and day watching the talent and size disparity between the Holes and Hokes. I told all the UNC fans at work yesterday as long as VT keeps it respectable I’ll be happy but I’m not.

    Bilas kept saying we’re young, things will improve and I think he’s right.

    It just sucks watching this young team go through the growing pains.

    Dreading the UVA game. . .


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