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Game Recap | VT 69 (2-0), uri 50 (0-2)

Boxscore

This game was over before you could say “ram brutality”.  Tech jumped out to a 13-0 lead thanks to good low post play and fantastic defense and cruised to a 69-50 victory, just missing another Bear Fight (my liver is happy).

C.J. Barksdale, who had just one shot in the opener and 0 points, hit a jumper on Tech’s first possession.  All five VT starters would score before the rams scratched and Tech never looked back.  uri got within 4 in the first half but a late 8-0 put Tech up 36-24 at the break.  The rams never got within single digits in the second half.

The Hokies were led by Erick Green’s 25 points.  The senior was 8/15 from the field and 4/7 from the arc.

Robert Brown added 12 and Cadarian Raines looked much improved from Game 1, adding 10 points and a game high 12 rebounds.  Jarell Eddie just missed double digits with 9 points and 8 rebounds (he had a double-double in the opener).

Big props to freshman Marshall Wood who played 28 minutes (Barksdale played just 12) and had 4 points and 4 blocks!  But Wood needs to stop shooting from outside as much – he was 0/5 tonight and is 0/8 from deep on the year.  But he played tough inside and can finish around the rim.  JvZ also added 6 rebounds in 12 minutes.

Tech shut down Nikola Malesevic, who had 26 in the rams’ opener and 24 against VT last year.  Nikola had just 6 points and 1 made FG in this game.  Xavier Munford, who was 3/19 from the floor in their opener, scored 24 points.  He is now 3/19 on the year from long range (stop shooting 3s!!!), but was 10/13 inside the arc and killed the Hokies off the drive.

Tech cleaned up a few of the things I didn’t like in the first game (rebounding and post play), but I’ll get to that more in Niemo’s Bourbon Breakdown.

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  • Martin

    Wood looks like he could be good. I read somewhere that he has been knocking down those threes in practice/scrimmages, so they’ll probably come around. His attitude seems good too. I don’t get the feeling he’ll need any coddling – unlike Doe last year.

    A little concerned w/ CJ though. What’s going on there? He got less burn than the walk-ons (I realize different positions, but the point remains).

    • goodraisin

      I agree, thought it was strange that Wood played so much more than Barksdale, but I can’t deny that Wood looked absolutely fantastic on the defensive end. I mean, wow… this kid can be special! I also agree that his three-point shooting will come around, at least a bit. I feel like we’ve seen that freshman year 3-pt struggle before with Green, Eddie, and Brown.

  • Chris

    I’m also concerned with Barksdale. He’s played passively and Wood has easily looked more impressive than him in these first two games. Barksdale has just seemed lethargic. Just watching him on the bench and in pre-game warmups, he isn’t as energetic as the rest of the guys on the team.

    Maybe I’m over-analyzing it. I probably am. But the Hokies need Barksdale to be a factor if they want to be competitive in ACC play this season.

    As for the rest of the game, another impressive performance from Green. Brown and Eddie played well; just couldn’t get some shots to go down. Raines looked good, Wood shows promise, and Johnston can hit a 3.

  • Blue Collar Hokie

    does anybody remember the end of the nit uri game? their players were taunting the crowd and the one guy held up the rhode island on his jersey instead of shaking hands in the line at the end.

    that alone makes this a satisfying win.

    any school that emulates unc that much are losers anyway.

    • Niemo

      uri has always been a thorn in our side. In 95-96 when we were ranked all year long, uri knocked us out of the quarterfinals of the A-10 tourney (our first game in the tourney) when they had Cuttino Mobley, I believe. Dropped us to a #8 or #9 seed in the NCAA Tourney and we had to play eventual champion k-y kentucky in the 2nd round. That uri game really wrecked our season and any chance of making a run in the Big Dance.

      But yes, that NIT loss stung, too, costing us a trip to the Big Apple in a game we blew a teen-lead.

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