Well, you didn’t have to sit through another Hokie heartbreaker Sunday night, because Tech played with no heart in their regular season finale. 12 of Tech’s previous 15 ACC games had been decided by 4 points or less or in OT (and that’s not counting the 2-point loss to byu. VT was just 4-9 in those games including byu. The students weren’t around Sunday night (Spring Break), and I’m not sure the Hokie players weren’t also somewhere warmer. This game was over by the 7-minute mark when state went up 58-47. The Hokies dropped their 2nd straight Senior Night, falling to the nc state wolfpack 70-58. BOXSCORE
The pack used two big runs to fuel their win, a 16-2 run in the first half to go up 21-12, and an 11-0 run in the 2nd half to bury the Hokies, going ahead 62-49 with 5 minutes left. Tech went scoreless for almost 6 minutes during that stretch (stop the presses).
Tech finished the ACC regular season at 4-12, tying the 2005-06 season for their worst record in 8 years in the league. Tech also finished with a losing record at home in ACC play for just the 2nd time, going 3-5. The Hokies finish tied for last place in the ACC with wake, georgia tech, and boston college, but get the 10th seed due to head-to-head-to-head-to-head record. This is the first time VT has finished tied for last (in ’05-06 wake was worse than VT). nc state moved to 9-7 with the win and locked up the #5 seed for the ACC Tournament. The Hokies also fell to 15-16 on the season, the first time they’ve been below .500 all year (VT was 11-3 entering conference play).
Stat of the Game: In Tech’s last 2 games, they’ve been outscored on Fastbreak Points 32-0, including 19-0 tonight. The Hokies didn’t score a Fastbreak Point in their final 2 home games (0 against uva). state regularly got out and run (either off steals/breakaways, or outlets off VT misses), leading to many easy buckets.
The Hokies finish as the #10 seed and will face #7 clemson for the second Thursday in a row, this time in Atlanta in the ACC Tournament. The game is this coming Thursday at 7 PM.
Erick Green had his 2nd straight sub-par game. After scoring in double digits in 30 straight games (including his first 25 of this season), Green was held to 8 Thursday at clemson, and while he did score 12 tonight, he went without a field goal in the first half (he was benched to start the 2nd half) and scored 8 of his 12 in garbage time after the outcome was decided. He was just 4/13 from the field (he started 1/10).
The only bright spots for Tech were Cadarian Raines and Dorian Finney-Smith. Raines led the Hokies with 15 on 6/10 shooting. He’s averaged over 12 PPG over his last 5. Doe Doe also looked sharp, scoring 14 on 5/9 from the field and 3/4 from deep. He even had a nice drive and left-handed runner.
nc state finished with 18 turnovers compared to just 7 by VT. But despite the +11 advantage there, the Hokies lost by 12 (see Fastbreak Points… you have to convert TOs to easy points!).
Things started well for the Hokies with Tech going ahead 10-5 on a Robert Brown 3-pointer with 14:23 to go in the 1st half. But nc state went on a 9-0/16-2 run after that point to jump on top 21-12. state would lead by at least 5 the rest of the half, and scored 4 points in the final 10 seconds of the half thanks to another lazy VT pass.
After 2 free throws by C.J. Leslie, Tech had the ball with 10 seconds to go. But a lazy pass by Marquis Rankin was intercepted by C.J. Williams who laid in a layup just before the buzzer to put the pack up 38-29 at the break.
state shot over 50% for the first half. Tech’s defense looked slow (or disinterested), allowing Scott Wood to go for 14 and Leslie to tally 12. Raines had another great half, leading Tech with 9 points.
In the second half it seemed like the Whistle Song for a while, at least on the Hokies. Tech was called for 8 fouls before the Under-12 media timeout, the last of which was the 5th foul on Jarell Eddie. Eddie ‘fouled’ Wood on a 3-point attempt, disqualifying Jarell with just 5 points and 11:49 to go.
Tech would cut the state lead to 51-47 with 10:30 to go on Green’s 4th point, but that’s when the pack went on that 11-0 run to put the game away, with Tech going scoreless for almost 6 minutes (has their been an ACC game yet VT hasn’t gone scoreless for at least 5 minutes at some point???).
- Raines – 15
- Finney-Smith – 14
- Green – 12 (8 in garbage time)
- Wood – 19
- Leslie – 18 (and 11 rebounds)
- Brown – 10
SCORES AT MEDIA TIMEOUTS:
- Under-16: VT 7-5
- U12: nc state 14-10
- U8: nc state 26-16
- U4: nc state 32-24
HALF: nc state 38-29
- Under-16: nc state 44-35
- U12: nc state 48-42
- U8: nc state 56-47
- U4: nc state 64-52