Updated: 12.11.2012 at 9 a.m.
Four words: Jon King BEAR FIGHT!!
The Hokies got of to a terribly slow and discombobulated start in a game they probably should have won by 30-40 points.
But, the Hokies pulled it out in the second half behind the senior leadership of Erick Green. Tech improved to 8-1 on the season with a 70-49 win over the winless devils.
Green led all scorers with 23 points, which gives him nine straight games this season with at least 20 points, tying Bimbo Coles’ record. Sophomore Marquis Rankin added a career-high 10 points.
The story of the first half was rebounding. VT was inexplicably out rebounded 24-17. Still, Tech led at the break, 30-24.
The second half was all Hokies as they led by double figures for most of the half. Walk-ons Christian Beyer, Marcus Patrick and Will Johnston got a ton of playing time.
It’s clear that Coach James Johnson is not afraid to sit his starters if they need a rest or aren’t playing well. And he demonstrated considerable confidence in his walk-ons; much moreso than his predecessor.
Beyer was actually effective on the boards, pulling down a career-high five rebounds and added a pair of free throws in the waning moments of the game.
Outside of the Winchester Rifleman, though, no one else is playing consistent basketball. Cadarian Raines once again found himself in foul trouble in the first half and ended up with more fouls (5) than points (0) or rebounds (4).
Raines’ troubles did have a plus side, though. It meant more time for Joey vanZegeren, who played pretty well and seems to be gaining confidence.
This wasn’t a solid outing for the Hokies on the whole, but they took care if business and won by 21 points. And the walkons got some playing time and didn’t hurt the team. JJ has confidence in those guys and getting them playing time in real games will help during practices.
Next up, a directional school from one of the former Confederate states.