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HOKIES 82 (8-5), md-eastern shore 66 (2-9)

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!

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  • Slam Dunk

    Sounds like this was a good team win with everyone making a contribution.
    Couple of things that stood out to me in the box score…
    1. 79% from the free throw line. That’s GREAT! Need to keep that up.
    2. I noticed that Emelogu was only 1-7 FG and 0-3 3-pt. Then he has 9 assists. Was he playing more point by design or did he realize his shot wasn’t there and he chose to make more passes?
    Looks like Devin was the recipient of some of those assist (16 points) and stepped it up from the line 7-8 (thumbs up).

    • Niemo

      They rested Wilson a lot more than usual (just 27 minutes played), and with Smith still out, Emelogu did end up handling the point a lot more. Most of Wilson’s points were in the 2nd half after the game was decided. His M.O. seems to be to wait until the 2nd half to assert himself off the dribble.

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