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Recap | Hokies (21-4, 8-3) 87, #23 wake forest (18-6, 8-4) 83

Box Score | ESPN Highlights

Behind a 55-point second half, the Hokies came back from an 11-point deficit to pick up their biggest win of the season over the 23rd ranked wake forest demon deacons, 87-83. With the win, the Hokies move into sole possession of second place in the ACC as they now prepare for first place duke on ACC Sunday Night Hoops.

Malcolm Delaney led the way tonight with 31 points and 9 rebounds. The 31 was one off his season-high of 32 against temple. For those of you Hokies who use Twitter, you probably follow @foe23 (that is Malcolm’s username) and might have noticed the tweet below from earlier in the day:

Malcom Delaney on Twitter earlier today

Delaney rarely tweets about games, so his prediction caught my attention and he certainly delivered. He kept the Hokies within single digits at halftime by scoring almost half of the Hokies first-half points (15 of 32). His three-pointer (although his toe was on the line) at the 6:30 mark in the second half completed the Hokies second-half comeback by giving Tech its first lead, 70-69, since the first half when they led briefly, 12-11. But Delaney’s biggest play of the game might have occurred a couple minutes earlier.

With the Hokies down by four with nine minutes to play, C.J. Harris stripped Terrell Bell in the backcourt. Harris was on the verge of converting the steal into a layup when Terrell made up for his mistake by swatting Harris’ shot into the hands of Delaney. Delaney raced down the length of the court, drove down the lane and made an acrobatic layup as he was fouled by Chas McFarland. It was McFarland’s 5th foul, and after Delaney made the free throw, the Hokies had cut the lead to one. It was a five-point turnaround, which also resulted in one of the deacs’ big men fouling out.

Helping Delaney on the offensive end tonight were the usual suspects, Dorenzo Hudson with 21 and JT Thompson with 16. Hudson continues to shine as our second best offensive weapon averaging 18 points per game since January 1. Jeff Allen was somewhat of a non-factor tonight, picking up four fouls with 16 minutes to go in the game.

If it were not for some poor free throw shooting by the Hokies in the final 90 seconds and the performance of Ish Smith, the Hokies might have won by double digits. Smith played a stellar game for the deacs as an assist maker in the first half and the only scorer in the final minutes of the second half.

During the first 30 minutes of the game, I was really impressed with the deacs balanced attack. They clearly are the best team that the Hokies have played all season. wake’s super sophomore Al-Farouq Aminu scored 21 points in the first 20 minutes, which is 5 shy of his career high. But the Hokies didn’t let Aminu reach a new career mark as he only pitched in four points in the entire second half. L.D. Williams picked up the slack for Aminu in the second half though and had a career shooting night. He finished with 19 points on 9 of 11 shooting, which is 11 points above his average. Bottom line, the 83 points given up by the Hokies were 22 points above their season average. It could have been much worse as wake reached the 61 point mark with 12 minutes to go in the game.

This should keep Virginia Tech off the bubble radar of bracketologists for awhile although I think it was total BS to call this a “must-win” game. There are plenty of games left to win. It definitely was our best opportunity for a high quality win, and we capitalized on it. That’s what this team has been about all season. Tech is winning the games that they should win and has lost when they were clear underdogs (except for the miami loss). If you’ve followed the Seth Greenberg era at Tech, this is not a characteristic of his teams. Past Greenberg teams have often tripped up against inferior competition and shocked the likes of #1 unc and wake forest or produced magical wins at duke and carolina. Let’s hope some of that past magic comes alive again this Sunday night in cameron indoor.

Cope-acabana‘s Notes:

  • The 55 second-half points by the Hokies are the most in a half by the Hokies since they scored 54 against Morgan State on March 19, 2008, in a 94-62 Virginia Tech win. I went back four seasons and that’s the closest the Hokies have come to 55 points in a half. Beyond that, the stats aren’t readily available on HokieSports.com. The record for second-half points for Tech is 73 vs. Florida State on Nov. 30, 1981.
  • With the win, the Hokies even the all-time series between the two schools at 26.
  • Tech improves to 6-2 in ACC play against the deacons, including an ACC tournament win in 2007.
  • The Hokies have now won five straight ACC games, a new record for Tech since joining the conference in 2004.
  • Tech is now 14-0 at the Cassell this season.
  • Delaney is the ACC’s leading score in ACC-only play with 22 points a game. Dorenzo Hudson is the conference’s 7th leading scorer (after tonight) with 16.6 per game.
  • Two stat categories that blew my mind when I saw the final box score were blocks and rebounds. Somehow, the Hokies out-rebounded the much bigger deacons 47-38 and blocked more shots (7) than wake (5). Considering just how much bigger inside wake is than Tech, I’d say that’s a major point of congratulations.
  • Terrell Bell was a big reason for the Hokies’ rebounding edge by pulling down a career-high 14 boards. It was also the most rebounds by a Hokie this season. Allen had 13 against vmi and seton hall.

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miami (16-5, 2-5) 82, Hokies (16-4, 3-3) 75

Box Score

The Hokies showed a lot of character this afternoon crawling back from a 19 point deficit in the second half to challenge the canes in the final minutes, but only to come up short 82-75. Behind the play of some tenacious pressure defense, Tech had 7 steals and forced 11 turnovers in the second half to trim the double-digit miami lead to single digits. With just over 30 seconds remaining and miami leading 75-70, the canes missed a front end of a 1-and-1. The Hokies rebounded with a chance to make it a one possession game. Malcolm Delaney drove the ball down the lane only to miss a wild, off-balance shot. That was the Hokies last chance to steal a victory as the canes went on to make their free throws and stretch the lead beyond the Hokies reach.

It was a tale of two halves for the Hokies on defense. Tech came into the game leading the conference in scoring defense, and the Hokies showed that in the second half. In addition to the opportunity in the final 30 seconds, Tech had several other prime chances earlier in the second half to cut the lead to less than 5 points, but just couldn’t convert on offense.

Dorenzo Hudson led the Hokies with 22 points on 8 of 14 shooting. Jeff Allen pitched in 19 and J.T. Thompson scored 14. Malcolm Delaney had a bit of an off-night on offense today, going 0 for 5 from three point lead and scoring 16 total, which is about 4 points under his average. It is the second straight game that Malcolm has not made a three-pointer.

After the Hokies got out to a 4-0 start, the canes outscored Tech by 21 points to take a 47-30 lead at the half. The canes shot 70% from the field in the first half, including 5 of 8 from three point territory. The first half today was the exact opposite of the first half in the first meeting between these two teams in Blacksburg. The Hokies shot lights out in the first half of the game in Blacksburg. Not this time around. Tech shot 38% from the field in the first half, including 2 of 9 from the three point line. miami made the Hokies look pitiful on defense as Tech gave up the most points in the first half all season. miami spread things around with 11 assists and 10 players scoring. Only Delaney, Allen, and Hudson scored for the Hokies in the first half.

As the first half was winding down with the Hokies trailing by 8 to 10 points, you hoped Tech could repeat the late half spurts that they put together in Charlottesville on Thursday. Unfortunately, the opposite happened. Dorenzo Hudson made two critical fouls on three-pointers that helped miami stretch their lead eventually to 17. Another key factor in the first half was Malcolm Delaney picking up 2 fouls in the first nine minutes of the game.The Hokies did hang tough with him out of the lineup, but you don’t know what could have happened if Malcolm had played his normal minutes in the first half. He did eventually return before the end of the half.

All in all, you have to be happy with a split on the road this week and I’d rather have the win at uva than at miami. With unc and clemson coming up at home this week, I’d be happy with another 1-1 week.

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Hokies (16-3, 3-2) 76, boohoos (12-6, 3-2) 71 OT

Boxscore

Greenberg said it best after the game, “We own overtime.”

The Hokies won for the second time in their last three visits to the port-a-john (both went an extra session) with an amazing 5 point victory in overtime over uva, 76-71. The Hokies trailed 62-52 with less than 3 minutes to play and then went on a 13-0 run to take the lead with 30 seconds to go. Tech played great defense in the final possession, but sammy zeslenski hit a desperation 3 with 1.3 seconds to send the game into overtime.

But the Hokies are money in OT. Led by some clutch free throw shooting by J.T. Thompson, the Hokies won their 6th straight overtime game (according to Niemo – see more below for notes on VT’s OT dominance).

I’m not sure how we won this game thanks to some questionable calls by the refs (I’m being nice here). Jeff Allen was ejected for throwing an elbow in the second half, which for a while seemed like the turning point for the hoos. The ejection seemed ridonkulous from the stands. I could understand a T, but an ejection? But, in both halves, we went on spurts in the final minutes to turn a double digit deficit into leads. The Hokies trailed 22-10 in the first half, but outscored uva 18-5 to lead by one at the intermission.

Malcolm Delaney led the Hokies with 27 points. Dorenzo Hudson scored 18 and J.T. Thompson had 17.

On a personal note, this victory is especially sweet as a resident of Ch-ville. It was great to see so many Hokies at the game tonight, including the entire TechHoops.com team. More analysis later. I am writing this in BW3s and need to finish my beer.

Niemo’s Notes are below

The TechHoops.com team celebrating the win over uva

Niemo’s Notes:

  • First thing I did when I got home from ch-ville is re-watch the ejection on Jeff Allen.  Just like I thought, it was complete BS.  Some people have reputations, and in this case, I think Allen’s reputation cost him (he’s been suspended each of his first two years, once by the ACC for bumping a ref, once by VT for flicking off maryland which cost him the uva game last year).  He swung his elbow, yes, but he wasn’t even looking at the guy he hit.  Flagrant foul?  Maybe.  Ejection?  No way.  If he is suspended for the miami game, I’m pooping in an envelope and mailing it to Commish Swafford.
  • Let me second Wick’s thoughts that I have no idea how we won this game.  We owned the last 5 minutes of all three periods, while uva dominated the other 30 minutes.
  • Chew on this… uva outscored VT in the first 15 minutes of both halves (more or less) by a margin of 55-32.  The Hokies outscored the hoos in the final 5 minutes (more or less) of both halves by a 33-10 margin.
  • Chew on this Part II: Tech hit 8 of their final 10 (80%) shots in the first half after making just 5 of their first 19 (26%).  VT hit 4 of their last 5 in the 2nd half (80% again) after hitting just 8 of 22 (36%) to start the half.  And then they hit 3 of 6 in OT.  The Hokies got it done when they had to.
  • IF YOU DIDN’T KNOW, THE HOKIES OWN OVERTIME!!!  BELIEVE THAT! Tech has won six straight overtime games and this current junior class has won 9 of their last 10 OT games since losing to butler in 2007, their first ever OT game.  And even that one, xavier, was on a half court shot at the buzzer.
  • IF YOU DIDN’T KNOW, THE HOKIES OWN OVERTIME!!!  BELIEVE THAT! Part II: The Hokies have won 9 straight ACC games that went to OVERTIME.  The current junior class is 6-0 in ACC OT games, and half of those were against uva.  IF THE GAME GOES TO OVERTIME, BOOK IT AS A HOKIE WIN!
  • I really really really love the Hokie half court trap.  Like, but don’t love, the full court trap-press.  Tech got two turnovers out of the full court trap but both were off the inbound pass.  One thing VT could do is setup the press try to steal the inbounds pass (which worked twice tonight), or trap the first pass.  If the opponent gets out of it, fall back.  As for the half court trap, I haven’t seen Tech burned more than once or twice out of it yet while it has caused a lot of issues for the opponent.  Bell and Thompson with their length and long arms and athleticism really cause problems.
  • Didn’t see that coming: Zo Hudson hit all 3 of his 3s tonight, including a huge one to cut the uva lead to 1 late in regulation.  Zo was just 17/65 (26%) on 3s coming into tonight.  I’m not bad-mouthing any three he takes anymore… (promise is not a guarantee).  Where would this team be without him right now?  Especially with Allen’s struggles in ACC play and Delaney’s injury.
  • Didn’t see that coming Part II: JT Thompson hit 5/6 from the FT line tonight.  He has hit 8 of his last 9 FTs after hitting a pathetic 9 of 23 (29%) to start the season.  HE WAS SAVING IT UP FOR TONIGHT!!!
  • Tech did not shoot a FT until the 9:52 mark of the 2nd half.  Yep, that’s over 30 minutes without a shooting foul/bonus.  Terrible officiating in my opinion.  Amazingly, the Hokies finished with 20 FTAs compared to 22 for uva.  That stat tends to even out unless you are playing unc.
  • Wow – swept uva in ch-ville in football and basketball!  That hasn’t happened since…………. the 2008-09 season – the last time we played there in football and basketball.  Yep, we own ch-ville!

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Recap | VT (11-1) 85, longwood (3-11) 50

Recap | VT (11-1) 85, longwood (3-11) 50

Update on Delaney at 7:37pm: Coach Greenberg sent out a tweet an hour ago: “MD MRI negative! Bone bruise and ankle sprain. Not a high ankle! We will proceed with caution!”

The Hokies finished their holiday feasting by gobbling up the lancers from longwood this afternoon 85-50. Unfortunately, it came at a price. The ACC’s leading scorer, Malcolm Delaney, sprained his ankle 90 seconds into the game and did not play the remainder of the contest. He was fouled while driving to the basket and fell hard to the court. Delaney was in serious pain and was not able to put weight on the injured leg. He had to be helped to the dressing room. Delaney later reappeared in the second half on crutches with his ankle in a boot. I can’t believe he will be playing on Saturday against the pirates. Coach Greenberg described it as a “severely bad sprain” in his post-game interview.

It was the Erick Green coming out party as he led all scorers with 15, shooting over 60% from the field. Jeff Allen came one rebound short of recording another double-double, but he finished with 13 points and 9 boards. The Hokies out-rebounded the lancers 48 to 37, although longwood did grab more offensive boards by a 14 to 8 margin.

The Hokies shot better from the floor than the line today. Not sure how you do that, but they did it. Tech was 30 of 51 from the field (58.8%) and 23 of 41 from the line (56.1%). I am sure Seth will have the team doing double time on the charity stripe before their flight south of the border. The Hokies also lost the turnover battle, which typically is not a good sign. Tech turned the ball over 18 times vs. 17 for the lancers.

First Half

The Hokies got out to a quick 7-0 start and led 43-21 at the half thanks to healthy contributions from Erick Green, Dorenzo Hudson, and Terrell Bell. Given that Malcolm Delaney and Jeff Allen only played a combined 5 minutes in the first half, it was great to see the team respond in this positive manner on the court. The threesome of Green, Hudson, and Bell scored a combined 27 points in the first half as freshman Erick Green led all scorers with 10 points. Green was 4 of 7 from the field, 1 of 1 from three point range. Dorenzo Hudson scored 9 in the first half with 5 rebounds. Hudson led all Hokies in rebounds after the first half. Bell had 8 at halftime on 2 of 2 shooting, 4 of 6 from the line.

The Hokies shot 51% in the first half compared to 18% for the lancers. From the line, the Hokies were 16 of 25 while the lancers were 8 of 11. Both teams were 1 of 3 from three point land.

longwood did something in the first half that I am not sure I have ever seen. Two players had four fouls at halftime. E.J. Dawson picked up his fourth foul with 1:02 left in the half and Antwan Carter picked up his fourth foul with 3:17 in the half.

Next up is the seton hall pirates in Cancun, Mexico on Saturday at 7:30pm. The game is televised on ESPN2. The pirates are coming off two very tough losses to wvu and syracuse, who are both in the Top 6 of the country.

NIEMO’S NOTES:

  • Let us all hope for a speedy recovery for Malcolm. While the team played absolutely great in his absence today and got valuable experience without him, this team will only go as far as Delaney takes them.
  • The following players had career highs today: Erick Green (15), Ben Boggs (10), Cadarian Raines (6), and the heart-and-soul of this team, Paul Debnam (6).
  • The referees must have been getting paid by the foul – longwood was whistled for 15 fouls in BOTH halves! They had two players fouled out with 15 minutes still left in the game! VT shot a season high 41 free throws but made just 23 as Wick pointed out… that’s missing Delaney who always hits his. Boggs was 8 of 10 from the line.
  • VT also had a season high 47 points off the bench, and it wasn’t just in garbage time (well, most of this game was garbage time actually). At the half Jeff Allen (2 early fouls) and Malcolm Delaney had 0 points, yet VT led 43-21. Allen did score 13 points in the second half and will need to become the central figure on offense for Tech while Delaney is down.
  • What a balanced attack from the Hokies today – four guys reached double-digits (Green, Allen, Hudson, Boggs), two more guys had 8 (Bell and Thompson), and three more had 6 (Davila, Raines, Debnam). That is nine guys with 6 points or more.
  • Tech had a whopping 8 blocks in the game against the smaller lancers.
  • Dorenzo Hudson had another solid game with 11 points, 5 boards, and 3 assists.
  • Tech attempted just 6 three-pointers and made 2, a season low in attempts. Again, that’s the impact of not having Delaney, VT’s best three-point shooter. This team needs to continue to do what they did today – go hard at the tin either in transition or the half court and pound the glass.
  • The Hokies actually lost the turnover battle 18-17, but outscored longwood 23-9 in points off turnovers. Tech also lost the turnover battle against georgia and penn state.
  • This is the first time VT has won back-to-back games by 30+ since 1987. The eight game winning streak is their longest since 1995-96 when VT started 12-1 and won nine in a row.
  • Tech led by as many as 39 in this game! Ouch. longwood was rather limp today.

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Recap | VT (6-1) 74, georgia (4-3) 62

Recap | VT (6-1) 74, georgia (4-3) 62

Niemo’s Nuggets added

Box Score

Powered by Malcolm Delaney’s 31 points, the Hokies put together their most complete game of the season today with a victory over their SEC opponent (and my sister’s alma mater), the georgia bulldogs, 74-62. After the Hokies scored 10 straight points in the first half to take a 10 point lead, 28-18, the game did not get any closer than 6 points. The lead was cut to six with 8 minutes remaining, and that would be as close as georgia would get as the Hokies went on a 13-4 run to build their largest lead of the game.

Delaney led all scorers, and was just one point shy of his season-high mark of 32, which occurred against temple. Delaney, quoted by hokiesports.com, said he “had been off balance with my shot and I hadn’t been able to work on it”. Since this was the Hokies first game at home in 2 weeks, Delaney was able to spend extra time before the game in the gym to get his balance back. And he did just that, making several acrobatic shots as he drove into the lane. georgia also didn’t foul at the end of the game, so Delaney’s 31 were a true 31 with zero garbage points.

Delaney was just part of the story today though. The Hokies put together a solid defensive effort. georgia’s leading scorer, Trey Thompkins, did not make a shot from the field. Big props to J.T. Thompson and Victor Davila who defended Thompkins. He finished the game with 5 points, all coming from the line. The Cassell Guard must have got to Thompkins because he missed more free throws (3) today than all season (Thompkins was 15 of 16 going into today).

The Hokies pressured the dawgs with a 1-3-1 full court press after every made basket for a good portion of the game. While the Hokies didn’t get a lot of steals from the pressure, the dawgs didn’t make any easy buckets by beating it. Coach Greenberg’s defensive strategy also included a half court zone for a portion of the game. These wrinkles helped the Hokies win the points off turnover battle, 19-14, which typically translates into a W.

As Niemo pointed out in his preview, the Hokies haven’t fared too well in the past against teams that can bruise inside. Thus, it was refreshing to see Thompson and Davila shut down Thompkins. The Hokies also won the battle on the boards 33-25 with Davila snaring a career-high nine rebounds. Jeff Allen came off the bench again in the first and second half (to limit foul trouble). He finished with 11 points and 6 boards, but still accumulated 4 fouls in only 20 minutes of play. We also got our first look at Cadarian Raines. He only played 2 minutes, and picked up 2 quick fouls, but Raines appears to be real physical inside, which should help the Hokies improve in the rebounding department over last year.

Today’s crowd was pretty good for a Sunday afternoon non-conference tilt. It was about 70-75% full. Hopefully, the turnout will be even better this Wednesday night against vmi at 7:00.

Niemo’s Nuggets:

  • Most complete game the Hokies have played all year!  Looked good on offense (guys were hitting open shots and VT got out and ran), D was solid and held georgia’s best scorer 10 below his average, and VT really battled on the glass.  Plus, they hit 18 of 19 from the free throw line!
  • As Wick said, Delaney hit many off-balance shots today as he drove the lane and either drew contact for an and-1 or just simply scored.  Delaney had really struggled to hit runners or driving layups up until now, so this is a great sign.  When he’s on, this team is going to be tough to beat.
  • The press was a great idea by Seth.  georgia was very inexperienced at guard and this almost created some turnovers.  A couple of times the Hokies had someone trapped dead to rights but the dawgs got out of it with a timeout or a near miss on a steal.  The georgia press did almost nothing to the Hokie offense other than slow them down.
  • Play of the Game: Has to go to Zo.  VT was up six in the final minute of the first half but turned the ball over on a lazy pass by Delaney.  Ricky McPhee intercepted it and sprinted up the court on a breakaway.  But Dorenzo Hudson busted his tail up court and swatted the layup off the glass from behind and VT ended up getting the possession back after the ball went out of bounds off georgia.  Delaney then hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to put the Hokies up nine at the half, 36-27.  georgia never got closer than six in the second half and that 5-point-swing was a big reason.
  • Hudson had a solid game, hitting 3 of 4 from the field (almost all were transition buckets) and playing solid defense. 
  • Tech really pushed the ball a lot in this game.  This was the most up-tempo game I’ve seen from the Hokies under Greenberg in a long time.  The result was more turnovers from VT, which you would expect in that style of play, but Tech also got a lot of easy transition buckets out of it.  The stats only say VT had 10 fast break points, but that is somewhat misleading.  The Hokies had many more points that came as a result of pushing the ball up court, and did have 34 points in the paint as a result.
  • VT has been great on the glass all year and did a good job today, but did struggle on the defensive glass in the second half.  georgia was going inside on every possession in the second half and got several offensive rebounds and a ton of foul calls on the Hokies.  Tech did battle though on the glass, and got the rebound on an amazing 48% of their misses (13 offensive rebounds to 14 defensive rebounds by georgia)!  That is an amazing percentage.  And I really like Raines.  He will commit a lot of fouls in his time at VT, but he was giving the man he was guarding the business inside.  He brings an intimidating style inside, really getting after guys.  There won’t be any easy buckets inside on his watch.
  • Ben Boggs hit both of his three point attempts in this game, meaning he is now 4 of 4 from long range in his last two games.  The biggest one came from almost NBA range when georgia had cut the Hokie lead to eight with 12 minutes left.  That put Tech up by 11.
  • Added thanks to Guru’s reminder: Davila has very good post moves, including a deadly drop step to the baseline.  Needs to work on his baby hook though when he pivots into the lane.  Allen had his usual solid array of post moves tonight.
  • Tempo-Free Stats Update: The Hokies had their best effective field goal percentage and offensive rebound percentage of the season against the bulldogs, with 52.8% and 48.1% (Tech grabbed 13 of 27 rebounds on their misses) respectively.  Their Offensive Efficiency of 1.17 was just behind the 1.18 which they had against iowa, the high for the season.  So this week showed a lot of improvement offensively for the Hokies.  However, VT had their highest turnover percentage of the season Sunday, turning the ball over on 22.2% of their possessions, due partially to their up-tempo play.  VT did have a 19-14 edge in points off turnovers though and have outscored opponents 133-54 on the season in that category.  This was the first time all season the difference in points off turnovers was lower than the margin of victory for the Hokies and marked the first time VT had more turnovers than their opponent.  For more on this and what these stats mean, see the Offensive Breakdown article.

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Recap | VT (4-1) 74, delaware (1-4) 66 OT

Box Score

The Hokies avoided an embarrassing loss in Philadelphia tonight by pulling out a W in overtime against the delaware blue hens, 74-66. The blue hens had been outscored by 67 points in their first four games this season, therefore expectations were high for a Hokie blowout. In addition, delaware played without starting guard Alphonso Dawson, who was averaging 12.8 ppg. No reason was given before game time on why Dawson rode the pine. Even so, the blue hens hung tough with Tech. With 2:17 left in regulation, Jawan Carter, who led the blue hens with 23 points, made two free throws to give delaware their first lead of the game, 58-57. After two straight buckets by the good guys, D.J. Boney banked in a three-pointer to tie it up with just over a minute a go. The Hokies responded with a bucket inside by Jeff Allen, who scored 16 tonight, but Carter tied it up with 17 seconds left. The Hokies had a shot to win it at the end, but Malcolm Delaney’s three-pointer was no good.

In the extra frame, the Hokies charged out to a 5 point lead and never looked back.

Surprise. Surprise. Delaney led all scorers with 24 points. He helped Tech get out to a quick 8 point lead as the Hokies scored on 8 of their first 9 possessions, but much like the temple game, the Hokies couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn during the last 9 minutes of the first half. Tech made one field goal in the final 9 minutes, thus delaware got back to within 1 at intermission.

The Hokies always seem to trip up against an extremely inferior opponent at least once each season during the Greenberg era.  Tonight was almost the 2009 edition, but thankfully the Hokies can breathe a huge sigh of relief.

The Hokies conclude their three game road trip with the ACC-Big Ten challenge on Tuesday at iowa. For many, it will be the first time to catch Tech on TV this season.

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Upcoming Hokie Basketball Events

Here are some upcoming Hokie Basketball events that provide a great opportunity to meet the coaches:

October 17: VT BASKETBALL COACHES CLINIC
This year, the coaching staff is opening the Clinic up to the general public. Get a first-hand look at the game preparation, on court coaching and practice. The cost for the Clinic is $50 and includes lunch and a T-shirt. Call 231-6725 for more details.

November 1: VT Basketball Annual NATIONAL BANK OF BLACKSBURG TIP OFF BANQUET
The dinner will be at The Inn and Skelton Conference Center at Virginia Tech. Call the basketball office at 231-6725 for more information. They are working on arranging a speaker at this time.

November 3: SW COACHES TIP OFF LUNCHEON to fight cancer sponsored by Davenport Energy at Blacksburg Country Club. Tables are $150 for ten people. Individual tickets are $20. This is a joint effort with Radford University and Roanoke College. Following lunch will be a press conference type presentation and Q & A with the coaches. Call the basketball office at 231-6725 for more information.

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Coleman Collins update from ESPN True Hoop

Coleman Collins is blogging again for ESPN’s True Hoop. Check out his latest installment.

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Late Night with the Hokies to happen on October 16

After the volleyball team hosts georgia tech on Friday October 16th at 7pm, the men’s and women’s basketball teams will officially tip off the start of practice with another edition of “Late Night with the Hokies”. The event will last about an hour and include a lot of promotional events, but there will be about a 10 minute intra-sqaud scrimmage for the men’s team at the end of the hour.

For all the info, check out hokiesports.com.

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2009-10 Schedule Announced

The first game is November 15th at the Cassell vs. brown university. Tip-off is at 4 p.m.. Our non-conference schedule includes home games against brown, unc-g (12/17), georgia (12/6), vmi (12/9), charleston southern (12/19), umbc (12/22), longwood (12/30), and nc-central (1/18) and away games against campbell (11/23), iowa (12/1), and penn state (12/12). The Hokies have 3 neutral site non-conference games: temple and delaware in Philadelphia on Thanksgiving weekend, and seton hall in Cancun on January 2nd.

Our first ACC game is at carolina on January 10th, and the Hokies wrap up the season on the road against georgia tech on March 6th.

For a complete schedule, check out hokiesports.com. We will have much more on the upcoming opponents in the coming weeks and months. Basketball season is less than three months away!

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Hokies – hawkeyes game date and time set

Virginia Tech will play iowa as part of the ACC-big ten challenge on Tuesday, December 1 at 9:30 pm on ESPN2. Unfortunately, the game is slotted thirty minutes after tip-off of a rematch of the national championship (unc vs. michigan state), which will be broadcast on ESPN.

The entire challenge schedule can be found on hokiesports.com.

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Deron Highlights: Same as it ever was

Deron Washington’s dunks are on display in the NBA Summer League. Here are some highlights from last night’s Pistons-Raptors game.


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Top Scorer from Philly to become a Hokie?

photo courtesy of phillyhoops.com

photo courtesy of phillyhoops.com

MaxPreps.com is reporting that Tyrone Garland, a 6-foot-1, 165-pound point guard from Bartram High in Philadelphia, will announce his decision to attend Virginia Tech at a press conference later today at 5pm. Read more about Garland at maxpreps.com. (Thanks for the tip, @hokieguru)

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Remembering April 16

Here is a link to the various images, videos, and words that were captured shortly after the tragedy two years ago today. Our thoughts and prayers are always with the families of the victims. We will never forget.

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