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Recap | #5 duke (12-2) 70, Hokies (4-10) 65

If you’re being honest with yourself, the Hokies exceeded expectation today. They were on the road against duke, the No. 5 ranked team in the country that just beat ACC-leading florida state in Tallahassee. Tech was missing Victor Davila, who sat out his fourth straight game with a groin injury. And still, the Hokies (4-10, 15-14) took the blue devils to overtime before falling 70-65.

Cadarian Raines powered the Hokies this afternoon with a career-high 16 points and seemed as comfortable as he’s ever been in the low post. He didn’t seem to have any trouble against Duke’s big men, who didn’t seem to have any real answer for him.

Erick Green extended his ACC-leading double digit scoring streak to 30 games with 16 points, all of which came in the second half. Dorenzo “Old Man Zo” Hudson also got hot late in the game to keep the Hokies in it – the senior scored 16 points.

Raines, Green and Hudson combined for 48 of the Hokies’ 65 points. True freshman Dorian Finney-Smith played a respectable game made even more impressive by the fact it was his first trip to duke where the visiting team automatically spots the dookies 4-5 fouls per half. Doe Doe had 6 points and 12 rebounds, which led Tech.

I’m trying to find something to pin this loss on; missed free throws, a 13-minute scoreless drought, something. But I can’t. The Hokies lost to a better team with more depth. I won’t go as far to say that they have better players, because Tech proved their players were equal to the task. Rather, duke has better depth.

This was a close game from start to finish. The Hokies were in it from the get go and even held off a surge by duke in the first half to keep the game close, and survived a 9-0 run by the dookies in the second half.

Tech’s last five games have been decided by 10 points, five of those were the difference in today’s game. The Hokies had their chances to win today, but couldn’t get the shots to go.

Next up for the Hokies is a road trip to clemson on Thursday, March 1. Tipoff is at 9 p.m.

Play-by-Play (picking things up in the 2nd half)

34-34 Green scores in the lane and the foul, missed the FT
36-34 Green steal and fast break dunk
36-35 Plumlee FT
38-35 Barksdale with the baby hook
– Rivers fouled by Eddie
38-37 Rivers makes 2 FTs
– Brown misses for VT, duke rebound
– duke miss, loose ball, Barksdale saves it
– Green fouled, will shoot 2 FTs
40-37 Green makes 2 FTs
40-40 Curry hits a three
– 10th tie of the game
– DFS misses, duke rebound
40-42 Curry drives the lane, take four steps, no call, layup
– Green misses a 3-pointer
– Rankin called for the foul, duke in the bonus, shocker
– duke misses the front end of the 1-and-1
– Raines called for the offensive foul
– Green called for the foul (lots of fouls called against VT)
40-44 Rivers makes 2 FTs

U12 Media Timeout – 40-44 duke

40-46 Hokies turn it over, Curry steals and lays it in
– duke on a 9-0 run
41-46 DFS makes 1/2 FTs
– duke misses, Hokies rebound an airball
43-46 Green pulls up and buries a long jumper from the top of the key, 30th straight game in double digit scoring for Green
– Eddie called for the foul

U8 Media Timeout Score – 43-46 duke

43-48 Kelly makes 2 FTs
45-48 DFS nice drive and dish to Raines, who shot fakes and then puts it up and in
– Kelly called for the foul on a duke miss, his 4th pf
– Raines misses a hook, but Plumlee called for an over the back, Hudson to the line
47-48 Hudson makes 2 FTs
49-49 Green hits a transition jumper off the duke miss (Green has 12 points, all in the 2nd half)
– duke timeout
49-51 Kelly hits an open shot from the win
51-51 Raines is working Plumlee down low, another nice more, 14 for CR
53-51 Raines follows a miss with a put back, 16 for CR (career high)
53-52 Rivers makes 1/2 FTs
– VT turns it over
– Kelly misses a 3-poiner, Raines rebounds
– Hudson airballs a baseline shot, wanted a foul, but not on duke’s home court
– Kelly called for offensive foul, fouls out, fans boo because duke does not wrong
– VT misses wide open 3-pointer
53-55 Rivers hits a 3-pointer (Rivers with 19 points)
55-55 Green with the tough shot in the lane
– 1:50 left –
58-55 Hudson banks a 3-pointer off the glass
58-57 Plumlee gets an offensive board, puts it back
– VT turns it over (as I predicted)
– 40.3 seconds left
58-58 Rivers makes 1/2 FTs
– VT ball with 30 seconds
– Green misses a shot at the buzzer
– Going to OT

– DFS missed twice, duke rebound
58-60 duke scores in the low post
– VT misses, knocks rebound out of bounds, duke ball
– Raines fouls Rivers, to the line to shoot two, Raines’ 3rd PF
58-61 Rivers makes 1/2 FTs
– Eddie misses, VT scoreless through first 2+ minutes
58-63 Curry goes untouched through the lane
61-63 Hudson buries a three pointer off the screen
– DFS called for the foul
61-64 Rivers makes 1/2 FTs (22 points)
63-64 Hudson step back 2-pointer (foot on the line)
– Eddie fouls Plumlee, good foul, 4th PF
63-65 Plumlee makes 1/2 FTs
– 47 seconds left
– Hudson airballs baseline jumper
– Eddie fouls out, 19.4 seconds left
63-66 Rivers 1/2 FTs
– Green misses the layup, duke rebounds, game over
– VT fouls, sending duke to the FT line
– 9.6 seconds left
63-68 Plumlee makes 2 FTs
65-68 Green lays its up
– Thorton of duke gets LAID OUT by Raines on the screen, Jeff Allen-esque!
– 2.9 seconds left
65-70 Curry hits 2 FTs

Final Score – duke 70, Hokies 65

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  • Gibby

    DFS played alright and looked better, but 2-11 from the field and 1-8 from the line is pretty rough

  • Chrishokie

    Great effort, another tough loss. Yeah free throws is the most obvious, 7-16, specifically DFS who was 1-8. Odd that one of our greatest strengths over the course of the season (FT shooting pct.)has cost us road games against 2 ranked teams and likely a shot at the NIT. Bizarre.

  • Chris

    Very proud of this team. Only eight healthy players and they went toe-to-toe with Duke in Cameron. These guys are making so much progress and I already can’t wait for next season.

    Raines had a great game. Looking more and more comfortable in the post and he doesn’t pick up stupid fouls.

    Heartbreaking loss though, and I feel bad for the guys. I hope they build from this game instead of getting down on themselves. They should KNOW by now that they can play with any team in the country. It’s just a matter of closing out games at this point.

    I honestly think we’ll be a tourney team next season without having to sweat it out on Selection Sunday. I also wouldn’t be shocked to see us make a little run in the ACC tourney.

  • Joe

    Loved the effort! We will get them next year! This team shows a lot of promise.

    Really loved seeing the Jamon Gordon flashback win over Duke 5 years ago! That guy was never got enough credit.

  • Max

    I’m really starting to like this team. Our last 5 games have gone down to the wire. We lost to UVA by 2, FSU by 1, and took Duke to OT. Now I know it’s just not our year with all the close losses but next year, I can guarantee we get the ball to roll our way in some of these close games. Its going to hurt losing Old Man River and Davila but, everybody else is coming back. We should have some decent depth next year. The only position that I’m worried about is Shooting Guard. Which is why I’m puzzled about why Garland left. Oh well, I guess Eddie could move over to the 2 since that’s his more natural position. So, the starting lineup in my opinion next year will be: Green, Eddie, Finney-Smith, Barksdale, and Raines. With Brown, Rankin, Harrell, and Wood coming off the bench. I’m curious about Van Zegeren though. He’s 6’10″ which makes him the tallest player on the team but he never plays. Did he red shirt? If anybody knows why he doesn’t play could you please respond?? GO HOKIES!!!

    • hokiegrad

      Yes, Van Zegeren redshirted. Was injured (nothing too major, I don’t think), and they decided to give him a redshirt year and let him get healthy and more experienced. Would be interested to hear how he’s looking in practice if anyone knows…

    • VTHoopsluver

      I think JT is coming back too…. so we could have a full 10 man rotation. 11 if Van Zergeren works out. I believe that is more players than our 2006-07 team.

    • Chris

      JVZ is redshirting this year. Not sure if it’ll be medical or not.

      I personally didn’t feel like Garland was an ACC caliber player. I’m not bashing the kid; I just didn’t think he could cut it at this level.

      I doubt Thompson will come back next season. He’s already suffered two torn ACLs in the last two years, and his best friend (Zo) is done after this year. I’m just speculating of course, but I don’t look for him to come back.

      As it stands, I think we only have 10 players on scholarship for next season (not counting Thompson, should he choose to come back)… someone correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t that leave three spots open? Are we still in on any recruits for this class? Niemo?

      • Max

        According to ESPN we only have an offer in for one other guy and that’s Charles Mitchell. He’s a 6’7″ Center from Marietta, Ga, and he looks pretty good on tape. He’s a 3 star recruit but has tons of offers including several ACC schools and SEC schools. We put in a couple of offers for shooting guards but, Terry Henderson went to WVU and Melvin Johnson, a ESPNU100 recruit, went to the U.

  • Chris-Atl

    Max – I have been confused on VZ as well because he always dresses. Here is what it says in about VZ in the pre-game media guide.

    “The Hokies are planning on seeking a medical redshirt on freshman forward Joey van Zegeren … He suffered a concussion earlier this season and has had other concussion-like issues.”

    I agree with what you wrote here. I am hoping that Rankin can improve improve enough to play significant minutes at PG and allow us to have Green and Eddie at 2 and 3 firing away.

  • FruitpieTheMagician

    This was a very nice effort. I was actually rooting for UVA in the 4pm game. It would have been swell if we both won today. We competed today, and had 3 shots at the end of regulation. Everyone needs to go to Freethrow camp this summer!

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