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Recap | Hokies (4-8) 74, gt (2-10) 73

The Hokies needed a win. It wouldn’t help them get into the dance, or even into the NIT. Hopes of earning those post-season tournament invites have all but evaporated for Virginia Tech. No, the Hokies needed a win for their own mental well-being.

After having their hearts ripped out Thursday night against florida state, Tech returned home to face the yellow jackets less than 48 hours later. georgia tech, which had lost 10 of its last 12 games, had never won in Blacksburg. And they still haven’t.

Senior Dorenzo Hudson has been hot and cold all season and today, he was cold. But, he got hot at the exact right moment, in overtime. With georgia tech winning 73-71, the Hokies inbounded the ball near their bench with 3.5 left. Hudson got the ball to Jarrell Eddie, who bobbled it in the corner and quickly got double-teamed, but he managed to get the ball back to Hudson who put up a three at the buzzer that hit nothing but net, giving the Hokies a 74-73 overtime win.

The Cassell Coliseum exploded and Old Man Zo was mugged near the Hokies bench. Victory snatched from the jaws of certain defeat. The game-winning shot was only the second one Hudson had hit all night. He finished with 5 points.

The Hokies were once again nearly doomed by missed free throws and were humiliated on the boards 32-18. But, hot shooting from behind the arc (11/20) kept the Hokies in the game. Cadarian Raines missed two free throws with the game tied at 65 in regulation. Either one of them would have won the game. Instead, the game went to overtime, tied at 65.

Junior guard Erick Green once again led the Hokies in scoring with 14 points. Raines, back from missing the end of the fsu game, had 13 points. Tech’s offense was spread pretty evenly with Eddie notching 12, Robert Brown adding 10, C.J. Barksdale back from missing a game had 8, Dorian Finney-Smith and Marquis Rankin each scored 6.

Green extended his double-digit scoring streak to 28 straight games. Turnovers killed georgia tech and saved the Hokies. Bad tech had 14 turnovers while good Tech only committed five, the fewest the Hokies have committed all season. Conversely, VT’s 18 rebounds are the fewest in a game all season.

Next up for the Hokies is a Tuesday home tilt against uva, which annihilated maryland today. Tech upset the hoos back in January 47-45 in Charlottesville. Tipoff is scheduled for 9 p.m. and the game will be televised on ESPNU.

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13 Responses to “Recap | Hokies (4-8) 74, gt (2-10) 73”

  1. Ryan C says:

    Sick, glad I won a front row ticket at the Chalk Talk for this game. It was ugly for sure, but an awesome way to win.

  2. Ryan C says:

    Also I would disagree about us being outclassed on the boards. We only had one less oreb then they did. GT shot so well (58%) to our 46%, so they got more defensive rebound opportunities which are easier to get. I think we could have gotten more offensive rebounds though. We were way too sloppy in getting rebounds today. Two hands please

    • Cope-acabana says:

      What stats are you looking at? The official stats had gt with 32 rebounds to a season-low 18 for VT.

      • Chrishokie says:

        While our 18 rebounds is a season low I suspect that UVAs 20 missed shots is a season low for our opponent. I think that’s what Ryan is saying. If there were no offensive rebounds they would have outrebounded us 28-20 (we missed 28 shots) but it wouldn’t mean they rebounded any better than we did. They did rebound a higher pct. of their missed shots (6/20=30%) then we did (4/28=14%) so they were better on the offensive glass for sure.

        Hudson wasn’t cold in the game prior to the last shot. He was 1-2. I much prefer this to games when he shoots a lot and makes a low pct. (like 2-12 against FSU, etc.). Isn’t that Hudson 2nd game winner? He hit the big 3 against UVA didn’t he.

        A great win, but a lucky one. Thie team is very close to being 6-6 in ACC play but we are also very close to being 0-12. If we can stay off the bottom two spots of the league we will ahve a winable first round ACC game. I just don’t want to play Miami or NCState.

        • Ryan C says:

          His 3 vs. UVA wasn’t a game winner, but it was the dagger. An Erick Green free throw was the go ahead basket in the game.

          • Niemo says:

            Don’t forget he had the turnaround hook to put VT up 3 after Green’s FTs, too. Zo was the man down the stretch in that game.

  3. Les says:

    I managed to get back in time to see the last minute of regulation and the entire overtime. On the radio, they were saying Davila is out for UVA also. It’s good to see all the freshmen and sophomores contribute so much today despite Finney-Smith’s troubles and Hudson’s game-winning shot.

  4. HokieBrokie says:

    so you’re saying we scored more than 70? in 2012? Blasphemy.

  5. Mike says:

    It looked like VT couldn’t set up any offense. I also thought that Raines was a giant mismatch over GT’s Miller and should have exploited it more. These young players need to Rise up and play. Being young ain’t an excuse for college ball.

  6. Blue Collar Hokie says:


  7. chuck says:

    I strongly believe that if we get to 6 wins in the ACC we can make the NIT.

    That’d put us at 17-14. I think they’ll look at the 14 losses and see at least 7 losses by under 5 pts…maybe even 8 or 9, since i’m chalking up two more losses without knowing the respective margins.

    Plus we’ve hosted more games in the NIT than anyone ever probably, so that’s gotta count for something….Chaminade and Hawaii-Hilo get to play in the Maui right?

  8. Les says:

    According to their coach, their players weren’t supposed to trap. They were supposed to play defense straight up and defend the last shot. Trapping enabled VT to make that second pass to an open man (Hudson).


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