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Game Recap | VT 96 (4-0), unc-g-spot 87 (1-3)

Boxscore

The Hokies held on to win a wild one in their first road test of the season by a 96-87 score at the Greensboro Coliseum (home of this season’s ACC Tournament) against a game unc-greensboro club.  Three Hokies set or tied career highs in points on the night.

The player of the game was a no-brainer – Jarell Eddie. Eddie, in his home state of North Carolina, scored a career-high 28 points (previous high was 24) on 7/9 FGs, 5/5 3s, and 9/10 FTs. He also had 3 blocks by my count and some real nice hustle plays.

Erick Green also tallied a career high 26 points to surpass his average of 23 points, but actually had an off night. He came in shooting almost 60% from the field but hit just 4/15 tonight. He was just 2/11 inside the arc, as he and the Hokies missed a ton of layups and short runners. But… Erick was 16/16 including 10/10 down the stretch to help Tech come from behind.

The spartans were just 1-45 all time against ACC teams but nearly found a way to win this game. The Hokies blew a two touchdown lead in both halves. Tech led 30-16 in the first half but the spartans went on a 17-2 run and took a 33-32 lead. The Hokies rebounded behind insanely hot 3-point shooting and went into the break up 45-41.

Once again the Hokies jumped way out in front in the second half, going ahead 65-51 on a Jarell Eddie 3-pointer. Once again the spartans answered the bell, vaulting to a 26-8 run and taking a 77-75 lead with less than 6 minutes to play.

After that, it was all Erick Green and Jarell Eddie. Eddie hit a critical 3-pointer to put Tech up 83-77 with 2:55 to play and Erick Green was 16/16 (career high in makes and attempts by far) from the stripe to help the Hokies hold on.

Marshall Wood played down the stretch in place of the slumping C.J. Barksdale and had several critical rebounds. Wood snagged 11 rebounds on the night to help the Hokies, although they did allow 11 offensive rebounds to the spartans.

Tech returns home on Friday at 2 p.m., to play appalachian state.

*Erick Green tweaked his ankle late in the game but played through it down the stretch. We’ll let you know if it is serious, but he seemed OK.

SCORE AT THE MEDIA TIMEOUTS:

1st Half:

  • Under-16: VT 21-9
  • Under-12: VT 23-14
  • Under-8: VT 30-20
  • Under-4: VT 35-33

HALF: VT 45-41

2nd Half:

  • Under-16: VT 61-51
  • Under-12: VT 67-59
  • Under-8: VT 71-69
  • Under-4: VT 78-77

FINAL: VT 96-87

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  • http://www.techreviewtime.com/ Johnson

    HI Niemo! This was very well documented. thanks

  • Ryan

    Both teams were makin 3’s but I was not happy with our defense…too many wide open shots. Eddie was great, Green struggled shooting inside the arc but was unconscious from the line. Johnston continued to knock down bombs in the first as did Brown early in the second half. Overall though first road test and we showed some bounce back at the end so gotta be happy.

  • FruitpietheMagician

    Hi friends of Techhoops – I’m back and glad Bball is back in full swing. I have missed this forum. I went to the game tonight as I was in Town on sales (funny the timing…) Anyway I saw a few things tonight that I did not see a lot during Seth’s time (and I AM a Seth fan):

    1. we made free-throws when we needed to (34/42 I think)
    2. we were raining (and making) 3’s
    3. no difibrillator needed on the sidelines (JJ kept his poise)
    4. We scored 96 points!!! Remember all those sub-60 point games last year?
    5. We have a Princeton-style 3 point shooter that doesn’t even start.

    So I am kinda glad that it got competitive because at one point in the first half – I was thinking I wasted $20, but that Armstrong kid for UNCG made a bunch-o-points with his smooth shot.

    Of note, Van Halen/Van Hagar/Van Helsing/VanZ looked a bit gun-shy, and so did Wood – they both look tenative on offense, but I know were strong on the boards (Wood). Keep winning JJ, and thanks Niemo for another year of Tech Hoops!

    • Niemo

      Fruit pie – I agree completely on JvZ being tentative. He dropped 2 easy passes that should have been dunks, although one led to their post player fouling out. And I like the van Halen reference. Didn’t notice Wood being tentative.

      Funny how those business trips work out. Like, what are the odds I’d have training in the ATL the day we play at gt in football? Almost like I planned it ;-)

  • http://sjwhokie2.blogspot.com Scott

    I wonder how long it will be before Marshall Wood is starting instead of Barksdale. Seems like he’s already getting most of the minutes down the stretch.

    • Niemo

      Scott – I think JJ just goes with the hot hand, but lately that’s been Wood. I do think C.J. is giving great effort, so hopefully it starts clicking for him.

  • Chris_atl

    Agree with Ryan on the defense, pretty crappy. If that’s the way we defend when we play an up tempo offense, JJ will have to nip that in ACC play or we will be giving up 80+ every night … and losing. It’s OK for now though and more fun.

    Barksdale is a big disappointment to me. Some folks were really high on him and it’s not showing up. Last year’s recruiting class, which had us all drooling, really didn’t turn out to be that spectacular. Not sure how much DFS would have improved but he was struggling a bit as well during ACC play.

    Great to pull this out but it got a little tense.

    • Martin

      I’m going to do my best Karl Rove impression:

      It’s too early to say they “didn’t turn out spectacular” IMO; we’re four games into their second year. EG didn’t really step up until that Purdue game his soph year (when zo went down). Robert brown looks pretty damn good to me. We knew he could score the ball, but his accuracy has increased and his passing game off the pick and roll is an entirely new devolpment. I only see him getting better.

      CJ has been somewhat of a disappointment this season thus far, but it looks like lack of aggressiveness rather than lack of skill, and it’s much easier to remedy the former. Also, unlike Brown (and rankin really), CJ didn’t get as many minutes last year – they were wasted on Doe w/ jarell at the four. So, really, it is his first time getting consistent time; I think he’ll improve.

      And I think Rankin is good. You can tell he has that essential PG skill where he can see a play before it happens and anticipates where the ball needs to be. He had too many turnovers last year, but they came from being too aggressive, not from being stripped/careless. If he stays healthy – which is seeming like a bigger “if” than before – I think he’ll be really solid.

      I’m not saying they will be spectacular, I just think it’s too early to call. I just hope I’m not wrong like Karl…

      • Chris_atl

        I agree on EG. I am wondering if he is the best player we have ever had that didn’t start out with high expections. I am sure there are others I am not remembering.

        I hope you are right about last year’s class. SG used to say that the biggest improvement is between the Fr and Soph years. I just think of SG’s other big classes and to me those players were making bigger impacts by their second year. But, yes it is still early.

  • Blue Collar Hokie

    them spartans had me sweatin! haha i didnt even know they were the spartans until i watched the game. this game doesnt make me too confident about league play but like people were saying this team is a lot more fun to watch.

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