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Game Recap | uva (8-3, 18-6) 73, Hokies (2-9, 11-13) 55

Well, that was about what we expected. One of those days turned into one of those weeks that has turned into one of those seasons. And one of those seasons continued Tuesday with another one of those nights.

The surging cavaliers walloped the hapless Hokies 73-55 at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, handing tech its seventh straight loss.

Erick Green scored just one point in the first half, but scored 21 points of Tech’s 32 points in the second. Green’s 22 points led the team, but he was just 4/17 from the field. No other Hokie scored in double figures.

Meanwhile, Joe Harris scored a career-high 26 points tonight to lead the cavs. The 18-point margin of victory is the biggest in favor of the hoos in the series since 1991 when the Hokies lost to No. 18 ranked virginia, 86-61, in Richmond.

Statistically, this game was a virtual dead heat, save for one very important category: field goal percentage. The hoos shot 46 percent to just 34 percent for Virginia Tech. Both teams grabbed 33 rebounds, both teams attempted about the same amount of shots (VT – 52, uva – 50), and about the same number of free throw attempts (VT – 19, uva – 23). The only real difference is that uva made more shots.

virginia shot nearly 50 percent from three-point range, hitting 9 of 19 shots. Sound familiar? The Hokies jacked up 25 threes, but made only eight. They also hit just 18 of 52 shots. uva hit 22 of 50.

Make no mistake, this wasn’t an off-night for the Hokies and they didn’t get jobbed by the refs. They got beat by a better team. uva’s defense is really good and they smothered the Hokies all night. The cavs held Green to just one point in the first half.

The win was the 14th straight for the wahoos at home.

Also, there will be no game lights. Not that you’d watch them. Now, if you’ll excuse us, we have a post-game interview with a Mr. Wild Turkey.

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  • Blue Collar Hokie

    i didnt know until last night that uva retired sean singletary’s jersey. i mean he was a nice player but was he retired jersey material? did he win a bunch of national awards and i just dont remember? just thought that was odd

    and oh yeah, our team sucks. it bugs me that uva’s hoops program is leaps and bounds ahead of us.

    • Niemo

      BCH – I think it is because uva was actually winning then. They were a #4 seed in the Big Dance his senior year and tied for the ACC regular season title… of course then they lost in the ACC Quarterfinals (they haven’t advance to semi-final Saturday in more than 15 years — just amazing futility) and were bounced in the 2nd Round of the NCAA Tourney (as were we).

    • cookieb

      Singletary was a 3 time 1st team all acc player, and is top 5 all time at UVA in scoring, steals, assists, and 3 pointers made.

  • http://twitter.com/VTTX1 VTTX

    Let’s not get carried away with how good UVA is, they’ve lost to ODU, GMU, and GT. JJ is doing a terrible coaching job, just awful. The Hokies look like a bunch of guys who showed up a couple of days ago for a summer league team. They have no identifiable concept on offense except “watch Eric try to get a shot and, if not, somebody jack up a 3 with the shot clock expiring”. It is sad to watch but JJ is in way over his head, maybe he’ll grow into the job….we can only hope.

  • samlottsforprez

    I. Can’t. Stand. It. The whos? Remind me again why I watch chokies’ round ball?
    At least with greenbird we were usually acc-relevant. JJ needs ojt and after this season, it might take years for him (if ever) or anyone else we might replace him with to resuscitate the program. At the bottom of the league, it’s tough to recruit good players and to entice fans to come fill the cassell. Dang it! As if we didn’t have enough troubles with football last year…..

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