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Game Recap | Jon King Bear Fight! | VT (8-1) 70, mvsu (0-6) 49


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.

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20 Responses to “Game Recap | Jon King Bear Fight! | VT (8-1) 70, mvsu (0-6) 49”

  1. Duffhokie says:

    Virginia was a part of the south… Actually, Richmond, VA. was the capital of the south. Did you really go to Tech?

    sorry Cope

  2. Brandon says:

    “Next up, a directional school from one of the former Confederate states. The Union shall triumph again!”


  3. Cope-acabana says:

    My controversial comments about a war that ended 147 years ago have successfully deflected how poorly the team played tonight against a winless opponent that outrebounded us 24-17 in the first half and forced James Johnson to bench some of his starters and play walk-ons in non-garbage time.

    My plan has worked to perfection.

    PS – Duffhokie – Yes, I went to Virginia Tech. But I am not a native Virginian. Brandon, I can only assume you were pulling for the Confederacy?

    • Duffhokie says:

      Seeing how I wasn’t alive during the Civil War I wasn’t pulling for anyone, however. I’m a Virginia native though.

      But yes, I agree. We didn’t play well. However, we still played our “reserves” and they got some decent game experience. Our bench is not deep, if we get into foul trouble in more difficult games we will be in trouble.

      Also… Cassell was dead could be because classes end this week and kids are focused on their school work. (TIC)

      Had we beaten WVU… i bet we have 2-3k plus in attendance.

      • Krishna says:

        I gave my ticket away. Couldn’t go because of all the work before classes end. It’s just what happens at the end of the semester.

  4. BJ says:

    Actually that conflict settled the fact that states cannot leave the union. Once you’re in, you’re in. Wonder if that applies to the ACC as well? If so, Maryland shouldn’t be going anywhere, or at the very least they should be forking over $52 million.

  5. Mike Hudson says:

    +cope-acabana – Kindly explain the true meaning of Jon King Bear Fight?

  6. hokiemasterson says:

    John King bear fight: win by 20+ pts, wild turkey on the house.

  7. King says:

    I’m proud of you fellas. You all kept your head on a swivel, and that’s what you gotta do when you find yourself in a vicious Jon King Bear Fight.

    Thanks, Cope & Niemo!

  8. RK in Roanoke says:

    If anyone knows of some good defensive rebounding drills, please send them to JJ. Hangovers are one thing, giving up 9 off boards is really inexcusable.
    That said, JvZ is looking better and I still worry about Raines’ conditioning. He goes up and down the floor two or three times and he looks gassed. His fourth foul (offensive) he hooked a guy to make space instead of just going up strong. Had no lift in his legs.
    This team is fun to watch but I worry about conference play with foul trouble and defensive rebounding issues.

    • Niemo says:

      We actually gave up 18 offensive rebounds, but we also had 35 defensive rebounds. That works out to a Off Reb % of 34%. That’s pretty average (although against a team like mvsu you would hope to see it lower). It just seems high because of how many misses they had.

      • RK in Roanoke says:

        Right, 9 was first half only.
        That was uncomfortable to watch and not just because the espn3 feed was fuzzy.
        I am really concerned about our rebounding. when the shot goes up, I don’t see guys finding a body to block out.
        I thought the back end of our bench played pretty well though in what turned out to be extended garbage time.
        Kudos to JJ for getting them in early and then going back to Green when it got a little tight. Then putting the bench back in.


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