At least one Virginia Tech team won today, as the Hokies closed out their non-conference schedule with an 82-66 win over an awful maryland-eastern shore team in front of maybe 1,000 people at the Cassell. md-es have just 1 win against a Division 1 team this year (and lost to a non-D1 team, too).
Jarell Eddie rebounded from his horrendous shooting performance Saturday and led the Hokies with 17 points, 13 of which were in the first half. Jarell is just 3 points away from 1,000 in his VT career.
This game was over at the half, as the Hokies jumped to a 46-23 advantage at the break behind Eddie’s 13 and Barksdale’s 9. The Hokies, who were terrible from 3-point range Saturday, looked more like the #1 3-point shooting team in the nation today. They were 6/12 from deep in the first stanza and 8/19 for the game (42%).
Tech also was much much better from the line, hitting 22/28 (79%).
The Hokies dominated the glass against the pint-sized hawks, with a 24-10 margin on the glass in the first half and 42-26 for the contest.
The Hokies had a great assist-to-turnover margin for once, with 18 dimes and just 8 turnovers. But it wasn’t Mr. Wilson dishing it out, it was Ben Emelogu with a career high 9 assists.
The only drama down the stretch was whether it would be a Bear Fight victory or not… It wasn’t. Tech led 70-43 with 8 minutes to go then faded as reserves got playing time. md-es went on an 11-1 run to cut the VT lead to 17 and keep the final margin under 20.
The Hokies finished their out of conference schedule at 7-5 (8-5 overall). That has to be a bit of a disappointment to put it mildly but I’ll have more on that in my mid season report card.
Tech is off until a week from today when they play undefeated and #2 syracuse at 9 pm at the Cassell. 17 ACC games to go!