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Recap | VT (3-7) 66, bc (3-8) 65 | 02.12.12


Virginia Tech snapped a 4-game losing streak against boston college thanks to a Dorian Finney-Smith tip-in with 2.1 seconds left to propel the Hokies to a 66-65 win. It wasn’t pretty, with VT 12.5 point favorites in the game against a very young bc team (they start 4 freshmen and a transfer in his 1st year at bc), but a win is a win is a win, and when you are 2-7 in the ACC, you’ll take any win.  (Thank goodness I didn’t guarantee a win or I’d wear a skirt… because I’d have been sweating it down the stretch thinking I needed to find a Big & Tall Cheerleading Store)

bc’s Jordan Daniels missed a front end of a 1-and-1 with 20 seconds left to give VT the ball. It was bc’s only missed free throw in 9 attempts. Tech trailed with 11 seconds left and called a timeout with the ball, down 65-64. Erick Green drove, but lost his footing and kicked the ball out to Robert Brown for a 3-pointer with 6 seconds left. Just like at the end of the byu game, Brown had a 3 to win it. His shot hit the back iron and floated high in the air. Freshman Dorian Finney-Smith got higher than everyone else, and tipped the ball with both hands from inches away. Lonnie Jackson, who had 4 3-pointers on the day, had a running 30-footer at the buzzer to win. But forget shades of duke’s Dockery, this shot crashed off the backboard and rim but did not fall, propelling the Hokies to their 3rd ACC win and clinched a winning home record for the Hokies (Tech has had a winning record in all but 2 years of the 50+ year history of the Cassell).

This game has to give Doe Doe a ton of confidence, as he started doing the things he should be — crashing the offensive glass. It was good to see him be a hero.

Starting Lineups: Coach Greenberg shook things up with the starting lineup, deciding the hardest workers in Saturday’s practice would start Sunday. That ended up being Rankin, Green, Hudson, Barksdale (1st start), and Davila.

Game Flow: 1st Half – The Hokies jumped out on top 3-0 on a C.J. Barksdale 3-point play. It marked just the 2nd time in their last 12 games that the Hokies have scored first. But boston college followed that up with a 9-0 run to jump ahead 9-3. The eagles hit back-to-back 3s at the 13 minute mark to go ahead 17-7 on VT. Tech battled back but lazy perimeter passes plagued the Hokies, leading to 3 fast break buckets for bc. The last of which put bc up 25-18 with 6 minutes left in the half. Tech responded with a 7-0 run to tie it, with Robert Brown draining a 3 to make it 25-25 with 4 minutes left. There wasn’t much scoring down the stretch, with the game going to the half with the eagles up 29-27 after Victor Davila got his 2nd dunk of the half with 5 seconds left, giving him 8 points at the break to lead VT on 4/4 shooting. The eagles led largely due to those VT turnovers, getting 10 fast break points and 13 points off turnovers to just 2/8 respectively for the Hokies.

2nd Half – The Hokies used an early 7-0 run to go ahead 34-31, their first lead since the beginning of the game. Tech got some bad news when C.J. Barksdale rolled his left ankle and had to leave the court. But bc responded with an 8-0 run to take a 39-34 lead thanks to some hot 3-point shooting. The teams traded buckets for a while after that, with bc’s Anderson abusing Finney-Smith, backing him down on the low block. The eagles led by as many as 7, going ahead 51-44 with 9:25 to play. bc got back to back dunks from Clifford with 5:30 left to put the eagles up 58-53. Jackson killed the Hokies from deep, hitting four 3-pointers for the eagles. Zo got hot in the 2nd half, scoring all 11 of his points. With Tech down 6 and just 100 seconds to go, VT got consecutive And-1 opportunities from Green and Doe Doe (Dorian’s was with 26 seconds left). Green missed his free throw so those two buckets closed the gap to 1. After Daniels missed a free throw on the front end of a 1-and-1 with 20 seconds left, Tech got the ball down 1. They burned their final timeout with 11.7 seconds left to setup the final play.

Key Factors: bc shot 56% from the field, but it was fitting that Tech won on an offensive rebound. Tech dominated the glass, collected more offensive rebounds (18) than bc had defensive rebounds (15).

The Stat: It failed! Tech shot 40.0% (6/15) from 3-point range, while bc shot 40.9% (9/22). 23 of Tech’s last 24 ACC games had been decided by who shot a higher 3-point percentage.

VT Leading Scorers: Dorian Finney-Smith paced 4 Hokies that reached double digits with a career high 17 points. Doe Doe, who just a week ago had missed 25 straight shots, was 7/10 from the floor, mostly on the offensive glass. Dorenzo had 11, all in the 2nd half, and Green and Davila had 10 each. Robert Brown also added 8.

bc Leading Scorers: The eagles displayed their balanced attack, putting 4 guys in double digits just like the Hokies. Anderson had 17, Jackson 14 (4 3-pointers), Humphrey 13, and Clifford 10.

Scores at the Media Timeouts:

1st Half:

  • Under 16: bc 9-3
  • U12: bc 17-11
  • U8: bc 21-18
  • U4: bc 27-25

HALF: bc 29-27

2nd Half:

  • Under 16: bc 37-34
  • U12: bc 44-42
  • U8: bc 51-49
  • U4: bc 61-57

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13 Responses to “Recap | VT (3-7) 66, bc (3-8) 65 | 02.12.12”

  1. GeneGreen757 says:

    Great game Big Doe!

  2. Duffhokie says:

    Hopefully Doe-Doe has officially turned the corner and finishes the season strong.

  3. Ryan C says:

    I think Doe Doe next step in development is to develop a pull up/mid range jumper. Most defenders on him are sagging back. I actually wouldn’t mind if he just pulled up from three a time or two if they give him the space. I love his relentlessness on the offensive boards and his ball handling skills. One more off season and he is going to be a star imo. He’s already a special player.
    I also love that Greenberg let the hardest workers start.

    • Niemo says:

      Ryan – I agree 100% he needs that midrange shot. He tried one today off the dribble going left. He missed it, but it was a good sign to see him a) go left, and b) try that shot. Once he gets that down, and has the threat of the 3, pull up jumper, going to the tin (he needs to be stronger to do this against the bigger teams) and hit the offensive glass (see last comment) he’ll be a star.

  4. Chrishokie says:

    It was great to get a win! But, look how poorly BC played at the beginning of the year. And look at them now. I feel like we have gone backwards. I was giving SG a pass this year but if we had lost this game I would have had second thoughts. It shouldn’t have been this close. I do credit him for trying different things with the lineups and making players earn their starting spot. And it was nice to see DFS have a big game!

    • VTHoopsluver says:

      I did not like seeing Hudson in there for so long initially. Love the fact that he got going in the end, but he’s been a slow starter all year. I don’t think having a slow start is a risk SG should be willing to take.

      I really hope to see either Eddie, Brown, or DFS in that slot from the start going foward.

      I really liked CJ and hope that SG pushes to give him more minutes. He had real good toughness in the opening minutes.

  5. Blue Collar Hokie says:


    I gotta say watching the pregame where they showed Seth and the team in the locker room, it was very subdued. The “1,2,3 Hokies” was more mumbled than anything else. Heck yeahz

    • Casey says:

      Blue Collar I noticed the same thing about the pregame. It’s funny how they show Seth almost every pregame now, and his “speeches” have just become tired cliches. And the “1,2,3 Hokies” was the worst rah rah ever.

      But hey, winning beats losing. Hopefully someday the program can reload and not rebuild. These things take time of course. The practice facility hopefully will start paying off with quality recruits each year and not every 3 or so.

  6. Smitty in Florida says:

    Glad we won. Enjoyed the game. It was ugly but as Niemo says…a win is a win is…well you know. Maybe Finney-Smith is developing.
    On another point. Our offense is still the pits. My daughter is a cheerleader at MTSU (and yes she got on TV several times) and there guys team wes on ESPN2 Saturday against Arkansas-Little Rock. That game was different than ACC games (less methodical, seemed very fast moving) but was very entertaining. And the one thing I saw was OFFENSE! These guys actually WANTED to score often and they put up a lot more shots…and they go in. Both teams had high shooting percentages with lots of threes going in – it was great to watch. I realize we are talking mid-majors, but MTSU has 22 wins and they can shoot! Denby on MTSU is a good player. And Ark-LR has a tall kid from England that is flat out lights out from anywhere on the half court floor. And…these teams can make it to the dance.
    My point is, if Tech could get a more explosive offense with more willingness to go at the hoop to go with our defense we would be a very good team, IMHO. I just saw an example of that Saturday. Go Hokies!

  7. Ryan W says:

    Blue collar-i totally agree, they looked half a sleep when espn showed them pregame. Seems pretty obvious to me why they start off so slowly every game…they need to be yelling and get more pumped up. Alas, it was good to get the win and see finney step up

  8. trbohokiefan says:

    We were puzzled when bc called a timeout with 1.7 secs left, yet the TV showed no more timeouts available. How’d they work that, or was TV in error?

    • Martin says:

      Yeah, that was weird. I think it may have been an “official” timeout to see how much time to put on the clock.. Also, I’m very, very happy for Doe Doe. It’s so good to see these kids smiling and having fun.

      • Niemo says:

        bc had a timeout left. I think ESPNU incorrectly credited them with taking 2 timeouts in the 1st half, when they only took 1 — at the end of the half, making it appear as if they only had 3 timeouts for the 2nd half. That last timeout was their 5th and final one.


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