Make it four straight moral victories for the Hokies and five straight losses.
Thursday night at Cassell Coliseum, Virginia Tech played the visiting maryland terrapins tough, but couldn’t pull it out in the final minutes (sound familiar) and lost 60-55, giving the terps their first ACC road win of the season.
This was a game of streaks. The Hokies fell behind early and trailed by 11 points, before storming back to take a 27-24 half-time lead courtesy of a 17-3 run to end the half.
The terps came out of the break on fire and jumped out to a 9-0 run to take a six-point lead. The Hokies kept it close thanks to Erick “It ain’t easy being” Green and his game-high 29 points.
For the third straight game, Cadarian Raines scored in double-figures, scoring 14 points tonight and played maryland’s Alex Len pretty tough. Do the math (challenging after a few Wild Turkeys) and Green and Raines combined for 43 of VT’s 55 points. Even more math reveals that the rest of the team combined for 12 points.
Jake Layman, who torched the Hokies in College Park earlier this season, earning him a spot in the TechHoops.com Opponent Hall of Fame, led the terps in the game, but with a mere 14 points.
This was an ugly game to watch. The Hokies were 2-of-18 from three-point range (11 percent). The terps were 10-of-23 from the free throw line. VT did manage to keep the turnovers in check, only giving it up seven times.
Though it was painful to watch for the most part, the game did have some exciting moments, including some BRRAAAAAHHHHH dunks by Raines.
As for the Opponent Hall of Fame, I’m not sure we have any worthy nominees. Tech’s defense