Categorized | 2013-14 Season, Game Recaps

HOKIES (2-1) 79, western carolina (2-2) 61

The Hokies narrowly missed a Bear Fight victory (20 points) only because of a wcu putback at the buzzer in a VT 79-61 win at the Cassell. Tech dominated this game from start to finish, jumping out to a 38-18 halftime lead behind 3 dunks in a row from freshman Trevor Thompson and hot 3-point shooting from Jarell Eddie (and horrible wcu shooting – they were just 3/25 from 3-point range for the game). wcu did make a run to cut it to 10 in the 2nd half but then Tech finally starting making their free throws and put the game away (VT started 6/18 from the stripe but made 17/23 down the stretch – still just 57% for the game though).

The Hokies got another strong effort from the Baby Birds. Senior Jarell Eddie led Tech with 17 points but Ben Emelogu added 16 (38 points in his last 2 games – he’s for real – 5/9 shooting tonight), Devin Wilson had 8 points and 4 assists. But the real story was Trevor Thompson – he had his first career double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

The Hokies play vmi at the Cassell on Monday.

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  • Vindictive_Pat

    That was an extremely fun game to watch. Lots of full-court action with plenty of dunks and 3-pointers. The freshmen are playing with confidence and it’s really showing. Love the effort from Eddie, Raines, and Van Zegeren in this game… they kept pushing back when WCU tried to make a late run. Marshall Wood hardly saw any time in the second half… he may not be in the rotation when Barksdale comes back on Monday night, and that seems like the right decision for JJ at this point. JVZ and Trevor Thompson should continue to gobble up the backup minutes at the 4 and 5.

    The hand-check rules showed up a bit in this game, but the huge amount of free throws for VT seemed more due to WCU’s strategy. VT couldn’t hit free throws early on, so WCU was fouling hard to force VT to earn those points from the stripe.

  • Slam Dunk

    Thank goodness for the “W”!!! But I’ll say it until I’m blue in the face… you need to start making Free Throws! Fortunately for the Hokies, WCU was just as bad from the foul line. What won it for Tech was field goal percentage, 48% to 33%, and 3 point shooting, 46% to 12%. Tech won the rebounding war too. So I guess all-in-all I am very pleased. I love the up tempo game and these Hokies are going to be fun to watch. (poor foul shooting is just my pet peeve)

    • Vindictive_Pat

      I think that this is going to vary greatly from game to game depending on who is taking the majority of the free throws. Raines and JVZ are not going to have good FT percentages, so if they are taking most of the foul shots in a game, you should prepare yourself. I think this game will prove to be a bit of an anomaly for Devin Wilson… he’s a better free throw shooter than his 4/8 line suggests.

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