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Recap | VT (1-4) 47, #17 uva (2-2) 45

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The Hokies survived their all-too-common 2nd half slump and knocked off the #17 cavs by a soccer-like 47-45 margin in charlottesville, giving VT its first ACC win of the season and first win of 2012. Tech swept the hoos in ch’ville in the two major sports this year, and it marked the third time in five years VT has won at uva in hoops after a 40-year drought. Although at times I wasn’t sure the Hokies hoops team would score more points than the football team did two months ago.

Junior guard Erick Green led the Hokies with 15 points, 12 of which were in the 2nd half. Green played the final 5 minutes with 4 fouls. But Old Man River, Dorenzo Hudson, hit the shots of the game; first a hook with 1:11 to go to put Tech ahead 44-41, then after an Evans jumper to make it 44-43, Zo swished a 3-pointer with 17 seconds left to put VT up 47-43 and all but salt the game away. Zo finished with 12, giving him 28 points in two games since he started coming off the bench.

uva would get the ball back with 0.7 seconds left down 2 at the far end of the court. But the wahoos full court pass deflected off Mike Scott’s hand and went out of bounds, ending any chance for the hoos.

Both teams struggled out of the gates on offense. The Hokies had just 10 points with 6:05 to go in the first half and 13 with less than 3 minutes to go. But Tech finally got going thanks to two 3-pointers in a row by Jarell Eddie. That helped propel the Hokies to a 23-19 halftime lead.

Tech would stretch their lead out to 32-25 with 15:20 to go and they had several chances to make it even more but saw the turnover bug start to bite. The Hokies would go more than 5 minutes without scoring and uva took advantage with an 8-0 run to take the lead 33-32 at the halfway point of the 2nd half. Tech would score just 5 points over the next 11 minutes (VT had 37 with less than 4 minutes to go), committing nine 2nd half turnovers.

Down the stretch the game went back and forth with several lead changes. It looked bleak for the good guys after Mike Scott rocked a one-handed dunk to put uva up 40-37 with 4:22 to go. At that point Tech had gone another 4+ minutes without scoring since leading 37-35 with 8:40 to go. The hoos, who play excellent defense, forced Tech to shoot a lot of fallaways and deep 3s.

Erick Green put the Hokies ahead to stay at 42-41 with just under two minutes left. That set the stage for Zo’s hook and game-clinching shot from the left corner. The 3-pointer swished through, sending the Hokie faithful and one idiot in a homemade uva shirt into a frenzy.

The Hokies managed just 4 offensive rebounds while uva snagged 13. This is becoming a concern for Tech who gave up 19 offensive rebounds to unc.

The story of the game was a contrast of 3-point shooting versus free throw shooting. If you know Hokie games (at least ones not involving unc), it is all about 3-point shooting. The Hokies shot a very respectable 5/13 from deep while the hoos hit a pathetic 1/14, including an 0-for the 2nd half. VT shot 45% from the field overall while the hoos finished under 33%.

So how did the wahoos make it close? Easy. Free throws. uva had 22 FT attempts to just 7 for the Hokies. In fact, at one point, the difference was 20-2. Tech had just 2 free throw attempts until 2:20 was left in the game. The hoos only made 14/22 though, as VT hit 4/7.

The Hokies did a fantastic job limited Mike Scott, uva’s star. He had 100 career points against VT coming in, but had just 2 points in the 2nd half and just 10 for the game. Scott, Joe Harris, and Jontel Evans all had 10 to lead the wahoos. Victor Davila deserves a lot of credit for Scott’s struggles, and Barksdale and Raines also did well.

uva played without their starting center, 7-foot Assane Sene, who was out with an ankle injury suffered in their previous game.

Jarell Eddie just missed a double-double. He had 8 points and 10 rebounds. Dorian Finney-Smith put up another goose egg. He’s now scored 2 points or less in 4 of 5 ACC games.

The Hokies return to the Cassell Wednesday to take on byu. The game is at 7 p.m. on ESPN3.


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15 Responses to “Recap | VT (1-4) 47, #17 uva (2-2) 45”

  1. Blue Collar Hokie says:


    we might be cellar dwellers but we beat the hoos!

    who knows, maybe this’ll be the start of a turnaround

    save unc and cuse all the losses have been close

    winning a game like this on the road is huge for a young team

    just like football!!!

  2. Chris says:

    Big and much-needed victory for the program. They finally got the monkey off their back and made the clutch plays that were necessary to win. This game should do wonders for the young guys’ confidence, as well as Hudson. I’ve been his biggest critic, but it felt so good to see him make that game winner. Seeing how pumped he was after draining that 3… you couldn’t help but feel great for the guy, considering the year he’s had. Very happy for him.

    I couldn’t agree more about Davila. Didn’t light up the stat sheet but I thought he played outstanding defense on Scott. Couldn’t ask for much more.

    Still didn’t like the flow of the offense, or lack thereof. Would have liked to see them go inside more to Davila, but I did like them feeding it to Hudson in the post in the final minutes. Good things happen when you work the ball inside and frankly, they don’t do it enough. Still too much “dribble, dribble, pass” going on.

    And although he’s just a freshman, I’m beginning to worry a little about DFS. He just looks over-matched right now. I know he’s not a scorer but he isn’t providing much of anything right now. Hope he can get it going soon.

    Beating a top 20 team on the road will hopefully do wonders for this team’s confidence and they can get on a little bit of a roll. BYU and @ Maryland are winnable games.

  3. HokieGuru says:

    Our half court offense still needs massive improvement – but I have to give Seth credit on going to the well there many times posting Zo up on the Hoos’ guards – NBA style coach move there – go to it until they stop it – it worked.

    Also, I’ve been hard on Davila – but that was great work on Mike Scott – best defensive job anyone (or any team) has done all year on him.

  4. FruitpieTheMagician says:

    I was there.
    It was great.
    There is a God!
    Thanks Zo.
    Thanks Seth.
    I can sleep tonight!
    Hostess Fruitpies for Everyone!

  5. goodraisin says:

    DFS also only had one rebound in the game… what’s going on with that guy? He seems lost. Great to see Zo put up yet another solid game. Green was money as well (get it? ha!). Davila apparently played tonight.

  6. Ryan W says:

    Grreat win!!!!!

  7. Martin says:

    What a game. Zo has been great these last two games; I’m happy for him. I wonder if Seth will continue to start brown over him. With Brown and Hudson, It seems like whoever starts the game on the bench has the better performance.. Whatever, too happy to think about the details now anyway. Great win. We should take a vote to determine whether Niemo should continue to wear that outfit to future games. It seems to have worked wonders tonight…

  8. Martin says:

    Should have added “tongue in cheek”… Although, you did look happy with the wine cooler.

  9. Chrishokie says:

    This win combined with FSU’s recent success puts our season in a different light. We likely beat BC with Green, the FSU loss doesn’t look that bad now and we never really expected to beat UNC. So, that leaves the Wake road game as the only black eye and that was our freshman’s first game.

    DFS looks lost. Poor guy, he is probably trying to hard at this point. He is not rebounding or getting assists now. Greenberg is trying to get some offense out of him and it’s not working.

  10. Chrishokie says:

    Hey, we have our quality win! Time to start thinking NCAA? Just kidding.

  11. HokieGuru says:

    While I’m happy with the win vs. the Hoos – and agree that FSU looks very good – even with Green on the bench, we should have defeated BC (I still think that doesn’t look good).

  12. Chrishokie says:

    Yea, HG, I agree that when it’s all said and done no one cares about injuries when looking at the big picture of our season and the BC loss will look bad to any evaluation committee (thinking of NIT at this point). But, in the context of how I feel about the team I put an asterisk on the BC loss. Probably biased because I am trying to stay optimistic.

  13. Martin says:

    I’m with Guru; we should have beaten bc regardless (it’s still a “black eye,” in my book). Wake and BC losses will be tough to overcome. Not impossible, just tough. At least the “bad losses” (so far) were early on this season. I think the losses to BC and Clemson last season had an added effect bc they were so close to the end of the year. Hopefully the team finishes strongly this season, and the early losses will seem more like a thing of the past in the eyes of the powers that be.

  14. Ryan W says:

    While the ncaa’s will be a long shot at this point, I think we all know byu is a must win since we havent had any real impressive wins out of conference. They are a solid squad and would do wonders for the teams confidence as im sure the win last night did. Def will be keeping Zo comin off the bench. Seems to be working. After my ravens gave the game away I needed tech to come through for me last night….


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