Chalk this one up as the first ‘embarrassing’ loss in the James Johnson era as a 3-5 georgia southern team that was 1-5 against Division I opponents on the year and 0-2 in the Southern Conference came into Blacksburg and picked up their first ever win over an ACC team with a 78-73 win over the Hokies.
The sad thing is the game wasn’t as close as the final score. Tech never led in this game. I repeat, the Hokies never led in this game, and other than 0-0, VT never tied this game. The Hokies trailed for the entire final 39:44 of the game.
The Hokies did make it interesting though. Tech trailed by 14 with 5 minutes to go, but cut it to 3 with 54 seconds left and had the ball with 30 seconds to go. But Erick Green missed a 3-pointer to tie the game with 23 seconds left and that was all she wrote.
How could we lose to an absolutely awful team, you ask? Well, if you read this site a lot, one stat will tell it all: gsu was 11/26 (42%) on 3-pointers, VT was 6/27 (22%) and that was after starting 0/11 from deep. Tech didn’t make their first 3-pointer until 3 minutes into the 2nd half. Jarell Eddie, who was shooting 51% from deep coming in, started 0/7 from long range and finished 3/13.
Meanwhile, Reed and Roberts knocked down 9/17 from deep for gsu. They were shooting 50% from deep combined coming in, so apparently the Hokies didn’t get the memo. For the second time in three games Tech got destroyed by 3-point shooting.
Tech’s other bugaboo came into play, too. While Tech grabbed 18 offensive rebounds (42% of their misses), they allowed the eagles to get 44% of their misses (16 offensive rebounds). gsu regularly could launch a three and know that it would either go in 42% of the time, or they’d get their miss another 44% of the time.
The lone bright spot in this game was Erick Green extended his 20+ point streak to 10 games with a career-high tying 28 points. He was 12/22 from the field. The rest of the team was 15/46 (33%).
Robert Brown produced a whopping 4 points (he had 4 against mvsu, too) and Cadarian Raines, who was basically benched for Joey van Zegeren much of the game, was held scoreless for the second straight game.
Pardon me if I’m being too negative, but this was a BAD loss. And I’m not just talking NCAA Tournament (because you can put your Bracketology dreams back in the attic for a while). I’m just saying an ACC team should not lose, let alone get dominated (again, don’t let the final score fool you – gsu dominated this game) by an 0-2 Southern Conference team.
Luckily, Tech automatically advances to the ‘big boys’ bracket of the Las Vegas Classic and will face bradley next Saturday. gsu will have to play mvsu in the semi-finals of the lil boys bracket.