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Game Recap | VT (10-6, 1-2) 70, gt (10-5, 0-3) 65 in OT

UPDATED: 1.12.13 at 7:45 p.m. to include more stats from the game.

The Hokies snapped their four-game losing streak and picked up their first ACC win of the season by beating georgia tech on the road, 70-65, in overtime. It is head coach James Johnson’s first ACC win as a head coach.

Erick Green, the nation’s leading scorer, led the way with 28 points. And it would appear that C.J. Barksdale, also known as “the transfer from GW” by the announcers, has learned his lesson about dogging it in practice. He had a double double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Overtime was the most exciting five minutes of the game. Virginia Tech did nothing in the first half and scored a season-low 22 points. At one point, they went 10:10 without a field goal. The Hokies took a 12-11 lead on a jumper by Green with 10:44 left and didn’t score another field goal until Green scored again on a fast break with 34 seconds left in the half. Tech did manage eight free throws during that stretch.

Tech trailed gt 25-22 at the break and trailed the entire second half. After falling behind by 11 points midway through the second half, Green took over and led the Hokies to an ugly comeback that saw VT score the final five points of the game to tie it and send it to overtime.

Trailing 47-40 with 9:54 to play in the game, Green scored the next 10 points for the Hokies to keep the visiting team in the game and cut gt’s lead to 53-50 with 6:51 to go. From that point on, game was almost unwatchable as both teams struggled.

The yellow jackets went to the free throw line and hit 2-of-4 shots over the next three minutes to take a 55-50 lead. Tech scored the final five points of regulation. Barksdale made 1-of-2 free throws to cut the lead to four; Cadarian Raines got a nice offensive rebound and putback to make it a 2-point game; and then georgia tech, rather than let the Hokies take a shot, fouled Green and sent him to the line where he made both free throws to tie the game with :24 left.

Bad tech managed to get a shot off, but missed badly and Jarell Eddie grabbed the defensive rebound with :03 left. VT called a timeout and set up a play in which Green got off a half-court shot that missed, sending the game into OT.

There the Hokies scored the first seven points to take a 62-55 lead. gt called a timeout and staged a comeback, cutting Tech’s lead to 62-60 and then again to 64-63, but poor shot selection and rebounding allowed the Hokies to hold on, hit some free throws down the stretch and pull out a hard fought win.

Robert Brown missed the last game because of the flu and played poorly during regulation missing on all nine of his field goal attempts. OT, however, was a different story. He was a perfect 2-for-2 and scored four of the Hokies 15 points in the extra session. And while he con

The Hokies, despite giving up size up front, won the rebounding battle, 43-32, thanks in large part to Barksdale who had nearly a fourth of all rebounds for Good Tech.

Niemo will swoop in and provide some analysis and breakdowns, so stay tuned. In the meantime, below you’ll find my blow-by-blow of the game.

First Half

Rankin hurts shoulder in first minute
Green misses open three
Eddie scores in the lane, 2-2
Brown back, but misses open three on the left side
Eddie misses open three, left of the key
JVZ nice move inside, 4-3 VT
Bad shot by Green, trying to do too much
JVZ gets rejected, nice feed from Brown driving the lane
Rankin back in (16:39)
CJ hit long jumper, top of key, 6-3 VT
Ranking turns it over, fast break points, 6-5 VT
Raines, left handed hook shot, 1-on-1 in the paint, 8-5 VT
Under 16 media time out, 8-5 VT (14:45)

Can’t guard Miller 1-on-1, need to double him
Will Johnston in the game
Johnston airballs misses three, but forced the shot with clock running out, not his fault
Green with his first points, fast break points off turnover, 10-7 VT
GT can’t hit a shot – looks like VT
Raines misses underneath, GT with rebound
Good defense in the paint
Johnston misses from three
Under 12 media time out, 10-9 VT

GT takes 11-10 lead on FTs
Christian Beyer in the game
Green gets a shot with two guys on him, 12-11 VT
Nice pass, Eddie to Rankin to Beyer, but took too long, got rejected
Robert Carter Jr. airballs a shot from inside the top of the key
Green takes a really long 3 pointer, misses
GT turns it over, Green gets rejected, Brown gets rebound, called for offensive foul
Poole hits a three, 14-12 GT
Beyer misses open baseline jumper
Raines with a nice reound
Under 8 media timeout, Hokies trail 14-12 7:28

Brown hits two FTs to tie the game, 14-14
GT hits a three, 17-14 GT
Raines misses hook shot
Brown hits two more FTs, 17-16 GT
GT bails out Green (bailed out Brown twice)
Green misses the first FT, what? Makes the secod, 19-17 GT
GT hits a three, 22-17
VT hits two FTs, 22-19
Under 4 media timeout, 3:30

Hokies playing man-to-man, Beyer on No. 4 for GT, mismatch
Raines misses another hook shot, no finesse
JVZ gets blocked AGAIN
Green trying to do too much
Green misses another FT, makes the second, 22-20 GT
Brown to Green on the fast break, dunk, 22-22 (:35.1 seconds left)
It’s amazing that VT is even remotely in this game
Carter Jr. hits a three off the glass at the buzzer, GT leads 25-22 at the half.

*Lowest first-half point total for the Hokies this season

Second Half

GT jumps out 31-24 lead, JJ calls timeout
Eddie fouls Robert Carter Jr., who makes 1/2 FT, 32-24 GT
Eddie scores in transition, 32-26 GT
GT gets the bucket and the foul, 34-26 GT
GT makes the FT, 35-26 GT
Barksdale nice basket inside, 35-28 GT
GT hook shot, 37-28 GT
Brown airballs a three
Under 16 media timeout, 37-28 GT 15:25

Raines with the putback, 37-30 GT
Georges-Hunt scores, 39-30 GT
Nice pass by Green to Barksdale underneath, fouled
CJ makes 2 FTs, 39-32 GT
Easy bucket for GT, 41-32 GT
Brown turns it over, GT scores on the break, 43-32
Green makes 2 FTs, 43-34 GT
Green takes it end-to-end for the off-balanced layup, 43-36 GT
Green has 11 points
GT misses a three, Green rebounds
GT fouls Green at the other end (non shooting foul)
Barksdale has it stolen
GT called for the walk
Green comes out of the game to rest (12:20)
Brown nearly turns it over again
Brown misses bad shot, Rankin gets the rebound, new shot clock
Raines airballs a hook shot
Brown has his shot rejected by Miller
Under 12 media timeout, 43-36 GT 11:24

Raines gets a tip in, 43-38 GT
Raines called for the foul at the other end
Miller misses the first FT, makes the 2nd, 44-38 GT
GT called for a foul away from the ball
Green drives and feeds Barksdale down low, gets the basket and the foul, 44-40 GT
Barksdale missed the FT
GT hits a three, 47-40 GT
Green hits a nice pull up jumpber, has 14, 47-42 GT
Raines picks up his third personal foul
GT misses first FT, makes the second, 48-42 GT
Green drains a three from the corner off the screen, has 17, 48-45 GT (first three of the game for VT)
GT with the runner, 50-45 GT
Foul called on GT
VT turns it over on the inbounds
VT hasn’t committed its usuall double digit turnovers thus far
GT bricks a three attempt, VT rebounds
Green hits another shot, 50-47 GT (Green with 19)
GT hits a three, 53-47 GT
“Green’s going to need some help.”
Green DRAINS a three from the top of the key, has 22, 53-50 GT
GT misses, Green rebounds, gets fouled at the other end
Under 8 media timeout, GT leads 53-50 6:19

Green at the line, misses the front end of a 1 and 1
GT airballs a three
VT wasting chances to cut the lead
GT called for the travel
Beyer back in the game
Eddie turns it over and then commits the foul, bad sequence
Green dishes to Raines, turns it over.
VT gets called for a flagrant foul at the other end by Eddie
GT gets 1 FT, 54-50 GT
Barksdale called for foul
Under 4 media timeout, 54-50 GT 3:44
Miller misses first FT, makes the second, 55-50 GT
“I think they [VT] needs a basket.”
VT misses, GT rebounds
Miller fouls Barksdale, but it looked like a clean block, payback?
CJ misses the first, makes the second, 55-51 GT
Miller misses for VT, Eddie reboudns
VT misses at the other end, GT rebounds
timeout by GT

Raines goes strong the basket, 55-53 GT (:60 to play)
GT misses, Eddie rebounds
VT calls timeout
Reed fouls Green
Green at the line with a chance to tie
Makes the first one (55-54), makes the second to tie the game at 55
VT on 10-2 run
GT calls a timeout
GT misses three, VT gets the rebound with :03 left

Barksdale scores to open OT, 57-55 VT (First lead since early in the first half)
GT misses, VT rebounds (Raines)
Eddie buries a three from the corner, 60-55 VT
Eddie with 10 points
GT misses a three, VT rebounds
Green with the runner, has 24 points, 62-55
VT on a 12-0 run!
GT scores, 62-57 VT (2:25)
Nice play by Raines to save the ball, but Eddie airballs a three
Green bleeding on both arms from scratches
GT hits a three, 62-60 VT
GT on a 5-0 run, time out helped
Brown hits the pull up jumpber, 64-60 (his first FG of the game, has 8 points)
GT heating up, hits a three, 64-63 VT (:43)
Brown goes strong to the hoop via the baseline, 66-63 VT (24.9 seconds left)
GT misses two shots, Barksdale rebounds, Eddie fouled
Eddie at the line, makes the first, makes the second, 68-63 VT
GT scores with :03 left, 68-65 VT
GT called for a foul, Georges-Hunt fouls out
:02.4 left
Green makes 2 FTs (26 points), 70-65 VT

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8 Responses to “Game Recap | VT (10-6, 1-2) 70, gt (10-5, 0-3) 65 in OT”

  1. 69HOKIE says:

    Let’s hope this gives our guys some confidence, and leads to some more wins. It appeared they really wanted this one.

  2. Chris says:

    All I want to see from this point on is improvement. And I saw improvement today.

    Easily Barksdale’s best game this season, and probably of his young career. Hopefully he can build off of this. He battled hard on the boards and seemed to really have his head in the game, which was good to see.

    The shooting numbers were poor but Brown was aggressive today. Good to see as well. Hopefully he and Eddie can get their 3pt shooting back up.

    Good win. Nice job not giving up when the game got into double digits in the 2nd half. Green carried us, as usual, but it was nice to see guys like Barksdale and Brown contributing again. You can see the talent there… just have to start putting things together.

    • Les says:

      The first game since early December that I recall the guards didn’t just give up getting the ball inside to the big men after the first five minutes. It’s probably the most number of shots (17), or percentage of the total team shots attempted (29%), that were contributed by the C/PF positions. It was a good move to let Brown handle the ball and give off to Green to dribble-drive to set up the big men.

  3. ryanc says:

    Good to see Brown take over offensively in OT. His back to back baskets and the assist on the Eddie 3 were BIG. He needs to refine his shot selection but stay aggressive.

    • Niemo says:

      Eddie, Brown, and CJB have stunk during our losing streak, but all 3 stepped up in OT (and CJB had a great game). That’s progress people!

  4. rvahokie says:

    With our depth issues any win during ACC play is a good win, especially on the road. And with our struggles during the first half they could’ve easily thrown in the towel. I’m proud of how they battled tonight. Love the hustle from Barksdale.

    Like always, thanks for your breakdown of the game.

  5. i was wondering about the whole barksdale being a transfer from gw thing. i was sitting there thinking, “seems like i would know that.”

    this win was all erick green. the way he has carried this team on his back for the last two years, they oughta hang his picture next to bimbo’s when he leaves.

  6. goodraisin says:

    So happy for a win! Great to see our guys show some grit and get out of the hole they were in. Their defense was phenomenally better in this game.


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