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Game Recap | Hokies (7-0) 81, #15 oklahoma state (5-1) 71

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The Hokies did it. For the first time in 30 years, the Virginia Tech men’s basketball team has started a season 7-0 after handing No. 15 oklahoma state its first loss of the season, 81-71.

For the third time this season, senior guard Erick Green scored a career-high, notching 28 in today’s win over the cowboys, despite missing big chunks of time in the first half because of foul trouble.

Junior forward Jarrell Eddie continues to be solid as he recorded a his second double-double of the season with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Sophomore Robert Brown also had another good game, dropping 18 points for the second contest in a row. What can Brown do for you? How about score in double figures in six of seven games this season and average 13.4 points a game? Not too shabby, huh?

Things got off to an auspicious start for the Hokies when Green got called for a foul a mere :10 after the opening tip. Then, as if he were channeling his inner Jeff Allen, Green was called for his second foul at the 2:16 mark and immediately went to the bench, with Tech leading 7-4.

Prior to Green’s second foul, the Hokies lead 7-2, but the cowpokes got on their horses and galloped to a 12-7 lead by virtue of a 12-2 run. Green re-entered the game and stopped the osu run with a jumper to cut the deficit to 12-9. From there, it was a back and forth battle.

Tech used a 7-0 run to take a 16-14 lead, but osu came right back and led for most of the first half, twice taking 8-point leads. Brown bailed out the Hokies with four points in the final minute to cut the cowpoke’s lead to four at the break, 36-32.

Green came out strong in the second half scoring the Hokies’ first 10 points and tying the game at 42 to keep osu from pulling away. And while the score was relatively close for the entire half, the Hokies took the lead with 15 minutes to play and never trailed again.

With the game tied at 46, Eddie drilled a three pointer to put Tech ahead for good, though it was a nailbiter the rest of the way.

Having already channeled his inner Big Donut (Jeff Allen), Green also channeled his inner Malcolm Delaney and sealed the victory with ruthless free throw shooting, going 8-for-8 in the final 1:16.

True freshman Marshall Wood scored 8 points, his second highest total of the season, and six of those points came from the charity stripe. Wood hit three crucial free throws in the final three minutes after having drawn a pair of blocking fouls against osu.

This was a team win if there ever was one. While the young guys made a few mistakes, they also made significant contributions in this game.

I noted this in one of my many (many) Tweet (@TechHoops), but it bears repeating: someone get Wood and Joey vanZegeren some red meat and show them where the weight room is! Those guys are capable of making plays in the paint, but more often than not, they’re getting pushed around or outmuscled for loose balls.

They’re young and they’ll hopefully fill out, but right now they’re almost too frail to play a grueling ACC schedule.

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  • Ryan

    Wow what a game, even with early foul trouble Green was unbelievable. Eddie and Brown played great and the other guys made solid contributions as well. So pumped and the crowd sounded great though I don’t know what they were chanting to Smart. Lets keep it going!

    • Krishna

      They were chanting “You’re a Pu***”. I personally didn’t like it because it’s a little classless and there are little kids there. But other than that the place was rocking!

  • Chris

    Without a doubt, the best atmosphere at the Cassell since the Duke game two years ago. The student section was just outstanding. OSU was doing a lot of flopping early on and the crowd made sure they heard about it. I think they had gotten in Smart’s head by the end of the game (he really seems like a punk to me, BTW).

    27-33 from the line today. That’s huge! Anytime you make 27 free throws you have a chance to win. I love how the team is attacking the basket and not just settling for contested 20 foot jumpers. The offense is leaps and bounds better than it was last season. They rebounded well today and played with an intensity that I haven’t seen from a VT hoops team in a long time.

    In the past as I’ve watched VT in big games like this, I’ve watched with a sense of dread to see how they would blow it in the end. Not today. I had great confidence in this team to close and they did. I’m really enjoying this team right now.

    It’s way too early but as of today, Green has to be considered for POY. He’s clearly the best player on the floor right now.

    Give JJ a raise!

    • http://www.thegarycope.com Cope-acabana

      Chris, I was thinking the same thing in the final two minutes; just dreading that what we’ve seen happen over the last several years (losing these games) happening all over again. Not today. 7-0? I honestly didn’t think it was possible. Mad props to Coach James Johnson. This team is playing its guts out for him AND the fans.

  • http://www.thegarycope.com Cope-acabana

    Ryan, when Green picked up his second foul, I said, out loud, “that could cost us the ball game.” I’m honestly surprised it didn’t, but that shows just how much JJ has this team prepared to play. Best start in 30 years…

    • King

      Shows how much trust JJ has in Green to insert him back in the game towards the end of the 1st. Such a smart player. He probably could’ve had 40 pts if he played all game. Anytime a team has great leadership on the court and on the bench, they have an advantage.

  • schmitty

    listened to the last 10 mins on radio, wow cassell was rocking!!!! we finally got a coach whose not afraid too lose and letem play. go hokies, go!

    • http://www.thegarycope.com Cope-acabana

      It’s been a couple of years since the Cassell was rocking like it was today. We just need that kind of home crowd for the rest of the season. I think it helps that the football team has had a down year – fans are itching for something to cheer for.

  • Alex

    Yes, for the firth time, indeed.

    • http://www.thegarycope.com Cope-acabana

      What can we say? Times are tough, so we had to let our editor go.

      • Alex

        Hahahahaha I appreciate a good sense of humor in response. I was just messing with you. Go Hokies!!!

        • http://www.thegarycope.com Cope-acabana

          Truth be told, times are tough and the cost of Wild Turkey has gone up, so we had to let our editor go. Priorities.

          • Niemo

            We sure as heck aren’t letting Wild Turkey go!

  • Chris_atl

    Wow, just hard to believe! I had no expectations for this team. Now we have to think that a winning record and a post season is possible. What a great gift to fans after getting a lump of coal from the football team. Thx JJ and some gutty players.

    Well Niemo, EG may have one of the best single seasons in the history of VT hoops. But will that be enough to put him in the Top 10 all time?

  • schmitty

    7-0 for the first time in how many years? hell yes, we got a right to be excited!!! GO HOKIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • James

    I watched Seth coach at the Anaheim Classic two years ago and he was horrible to say the least. All of the assistant coaches had no say or input for SG who had absolutley no game plan. Coach James is a players coach who connects with these young athletes and his knowledge of the game is trasnferring and flowing onto the court. These kids play with passion, discipline, unselfish and a sense of meaning/direction on the court you have got to love! Gone are the days of Allen and Delaney playing on an island due to poor coaching a lack of discipline from massively talented athletes with inflated egos.

    • http://www.thegarycope.com Cope-acabana

      Pretty much, yeah. Couldn’t have said it better myself. Why do people think ALL of the assistant coaches left?

  • John

    So excited for the rest of the season.

    I love how the crowd reacts when JJ throws up his hands to pump up the crowd. He sure can get the crowd going.

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