The Hokies (1-2, 14-3) picked up an easy victory tonight at the expense of the north carolina central eagles. Tech won 72-30. The 30 points are the fewest points allowed by a Tech team since a 105-24 win over washington & lee in 1959.
The eagles were Tech’s last non-conference opponent of the season and the timing for an easy win couldn’t have been better for a team that had lost two of its last three games to unc and fsu.
As expected, the freshmen – Erick Green, Ben Boggs, Manny Atkins and Cadarian Raines – got considerable playing time (mostly in the second half) that should prove invaluable as the Hokies enter the meat of their ACC schedule.
Green led Tech with 11 points and was the only Hokies in double figures in scoring. Dorenzo Hudson had nine points, including eight of Tech’s first 10 in the game. Terrell Bell and Atkins both had 8 points.
Bell, who has been playing well this season, registered a Deron Washington-like dunk in the second half. Off a fast break, he left the ground one step after the free throw line and slammed the ball home one-handed. The dunk brought what was left of the sparse crowd to its feet and seemed to energize the rest of the team. Bell also had a career-high 9 rebounds.
The first half was sloppy in terms of offense for the Hokies, but defensively, they were stifling, limiting the eagles to just eight first-half points, the fewest by a Tech opponent since appy state managed a paltry nine points in 2006.
Raines had a career-high 7 points; Boggs had career-highs in rebounds (6) and assists (4); and Atkins tied a career-high with 8 points. Even fan-favorite Paul Debnam got in on the act with a three pointer and a baseline dunk in the final minutes as the fans chanted “We want Paul!”
The starters, Malcolm Delaney, Jeff Allen, Victor Davila, Hudson and Bell played the entire first half and the opening minutes of the second half before giving way to the freshman and reserves. The important thing is that no one got hurt and everyone is healthy for Saturday’s home ACC game against those other eagles from boston college.
Niemo’s Game Notes:
- The 30 points allowed were the fewest Tech has held an opponent to in the history of Cassell Coliseum, bettering the 34 umbc scored last month. And as Cope mentioned, it is the fewest VT has held the opposition to in 50 years! The eagles had just 10 points after 26 minutes were gone in the game.
- Bell did have a sweet dunk, but my money is on Green’s second half dunk. He took the ball in the paint, elevated, (pushed off with his right hand but never mind that), and dunked with his left hand (his off-hand) over a 6’8″ nccu player! That was the dunk of the year that I’ve seen. J.T. Thompson also had a nice dunk where he had to pump the ball under a swiping defender and flushed it with two hands.
- Tech dominated the glass 44-25. The Hokies almost had as many offensive rebounds (15) as nccu had defensive rebounds (17).
- nccu shot just 15% from the field (4/27) in the first half.
- VT used a 1-3-1 half court trap part of the game. They had Bell out top most of the time, as he is a perfect fit (tall, lanky, long arms, athletic) and Delaney at the bottom to run the baseline. Worked fairly well and don’t be surprised to see it later in the year in small doses to try and create turnovers.
- The eagles only scored consecutive times once all game (in other words, hit a FG or FT and then scored the next points of the game).
- nccu shot just 2 FTs.
- The freshmen all contributed tonight, scoring 32 points. All four guys had at least six (Green – 11, Atkins – 8, Raines – 7, Boggs – 6). Green and Atkins each hit two three-pointers.
- The rest of the Hokie team didn’t look very good on offense again…
- VT was just 3/12 at the half on 3s and shot just 33% from the field.
- Malcolm Delaney didn’t make a field goal (though he only attempted three) and finished with 5 points.
- Allen and Davila were just 4 of 10 from the field – not bad but I’d have hoped for more production and a better FG% against such a poor team.
- VT was pretty awful from the line again – following up their 11/21 at fsu with a 15/24 effort tonight (63%). But that was with the freshmen hitting the final six FTs, they were 9/18 at one point.
More Notes from Niemo:
- The Hokies clinched a winning home record for the season (they are 9-0 with seven to play). In 49 seasons in the Cassell, Tech has had a winning record 47 times, a .500 record once (6-6 in ’88-’89), and a losing record just once (6-9 in 2000-01 under ricky stokes). For more on the Cassell all-time numbers check out our Cassell page.
- Tech finished their out-of-conference slate at 13-1. That’s the most OOC wins for the Hokies since 1994-95, when they won 14. And their 13-1 mark OOC is the best in 100 years – since VT went 11-0 in 1909-10.