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Game Recap | maryland (5-5) 60, Hokies (2-7) 55

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 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

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3 Responses to “Game Recap | maryland (5-5) 60, Hokies (2-7) 55”

  1. Chris says:

    Raines played great tonight; probably the best game he’s had all year. Barksdale wasn’t bad either once he got in the game. Green had his usual great game, and JVZ wasn’t bad tonight either.

    But Eddie and Brown… wow. It seems like Eddie isn’t squaring up when he shoots anymore and everything he throws up just seems rushed. I have no idea what’s wrong with Brown. The kid isn’t this bad but I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen someone play this poorly over a stretch of games at VT. He’s lost. I’m sure he’ll figure it out sooner or later, but we’re not going to be winning any games until Eddie and/or Brown can take some pressure on Green.

    Another close loss… hooray.

  2. Les says:

    Eddie had trouble getting his shot where he’s open. Maryland’s forwards are much taller and longer than Clemson’s.
    Green did a great job setting up Raines and Van Zegeren.
    Brown seems to have a soft floor game. He doesn’t really take the ball strong into the lane or even when completing a drive near the basket. As a result, his shot can get easily thrown off direction or come up short.

  3. King says:

    Green on the supporting cast is spot on. Also agree that the ball needs to be in Green’s hands at the end of the game…every game.


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