The Hokies fall on the road against duke, 85-57, despite 25 points from Erick Green. It was senior night for duke (thank the gods), which finished it’s 2012-13 home schedule a perfect 16-0.
This game was closer than the final score would have you believe. Tech trailed by just three at the half (38-35), and actually led for a large chunk of the first half.
Jarell Eddie got things started on a good now for the Hokies early on, burying back-to-back threes to put Tech up 6-1. Green, however, was the only Tech players to put together a solid game start to finish. Eddie started strong, but duke shut him and everyone else down from then on. Eddie finished with 13 points.
Tech actually played a decent game. They committed only 10 turnovers, which isn’t bad considering some of their previous performances. But, duke only turned it over three times.
But the turnovers weren’t what won this game for the home team. It all came down to shooting percentages and duke was pretty much unstoppable. The little devils hit 52 percent from the field (30/58) and 52 percent from three-point range, connecting on 12 of 23 attempts. The Hokies shot 37 percent from the field (22/57) and 29 percent from three (5/17).
The officiating, as you’d imagine, seemed to favor the home team, but the Hokies did get some calls go their way, which usually sent Coach K into his usual spittle spewing tirades.
Look, no one was disillusioned enough to think the Hokies could actually pull of an upset of the dookies on the road, on senior night, with a healthy Ryan Kelly back in the lineup. What was a little surprising was how close the game was.
Four duke players scored in double digits: Seth Curry has 20, Kelly 18, Quinn Cook and Mason Plumlee both had 14. The Hokies had only two players, Green (25) and Eddie (13), reached double digits.
Not a single Tech player register a plus rating in this game.
Just one more regular season game left for Coach James Johnson and his team.