Posted on 04 March 2014.
The Hokies got absolutely obliterated in the 2nd half and lost 64-47 to the maryland terps in the final meeting between the schools as ACC foes. After leading by a point, 29-28 at the break, Tech was doubled up after the half by a 36-18 margin. Sad as it is to say, at least the Hokies avoided their 2nd straight Reverse Bear Fight defeat to the terps thanks to 3 late free throws after VT fell behind by 20.
Tech fell to 9-20 overall and 2-15 in the ACC, setting a new mark for most conference losses by VT (in any conference — the previous mark of 14 had been done in 2000-01 in the Big East and last year in the ACC). This is also the first time Tech has lost 20 games in almost 60 years, dating back to the 1954-55 season when the Hokies finished 7-20.
In front of a mostly empty and pretty much dead Communist Center in college park, md, Tech actually played exciting, interesting, and fun to watch basketball for the first 12 minutes of the game and led 23-17. But the final 28 minutes of the game marked the worst Hokie basketball I’ve maybe (maybe) ever seen, scoring just 19 points and going on three different stretches of 5 minutes and 30 seconds or more without a point. Granted, Tech was reduced to five scholarship players due to a C.J. Barksdale ankle injury early in the game, but it was Hokie fans’ eyes that hurt the most having to watch this hot mess. The Hokies would finish with more turnovers (17) than made field goals (15).
While Tech struggled in the 2nd half to even get up a shot (they had 5 turnovers on their firsts 6 possessions of the 2nd half), maryland got blazing hot from deep. They hit 5 three-pointers in a 3:15 span early in the 2nd half to blow the game open.
Jarell Eddie and Joey van Zegeren each had 14 points to lead the Hokies (no one else had more than 6). maryland had a balanced attack as 5 different guys scored between 8 and 13 points.
The attendance was announced as 10,517 at the center that holds just under 18k, but most of those people were dressed as empty red seats. Not good for Coach Turgeon, though he’ll take the win. And give him credit — he held Tech to just 12 combined field goals in the 2nd halves of the two games against Virginia Tech (7 in the first meeting, 5 today). Tech was just 12/45 in the 2nd halves vs maryland this season (27%).
Tech is now just 1-15 in 2014 with one regular season game remaining, a Saturday tilt with the other tech who won at syracuse tonight.
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Tech started their final game at maryland as icy cold as the weather, missing their first 5 shots. But the Hokies rebounded to hit 5 of their next 7 shots to pull within a point (13-12) after the under-12 timeout. Unfortunately, Tech who was without Smith, Emelogu, or Raines for the game, lost C.J. Barksdale with an ankle injury at this point, leaving them with just 5 scholarship players for the final 30 minutes.
Joey van Zegeren was playing like a man possessed early. He dunked over Seth Allen of maryland and shouted towards the maryland bench. He blocked shots. He snared offensive and defensive rebounds. He made sweet back-door-cut passes. Unfortunately his 2nd foul forced him to the bench later in the first half.
After a maryland layup, the Hokies and their 2-3 zone put the clamps on maryland, holding them to just 2 points over the next 5 minutes. Tech went on an 11-2 run thanks to a pair of three-pointers by Jarell Eddie and another by Will Johnston to take a 23-17 lead! They were pushing the ball up the court when they had the opportunity. They were shooting the ball on their first good look, even if, gasp, there were more than 15 seconds left on the shot clock! Tech was pounding the offensive glass! The Hokies were playing, dare I say it, basketball! They had 23 points in less than 12 minutes! And then… (death, taxes, and…)
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maryland started going to a passive full court drought. To JJ’s credit, Tech handled it much better than they did at duke and advanced the ball easily (except for a travel/10-second violation on Johnston at the end of the half). But, it slowed Tech down and they reverted back to their “offense” of the last several weeks — taking the air out of the ball. The result was ZERO points for the next 5:35 (0/5 FGs and 4 turnovers). maryland responded with a 7-0 run to go back on top 24-23 with 3 minutes to go in the half.
After 335 seconds without a point, Virginia Tech answered with 5 points in 24 seconds culminated on a transition 3-pointer by Jarell Eddie, his third triple of the half. Tech regained the lead at 28-24 with 2:20 to go in the half.
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The Hokies would have the ball for the final shot of the half up 29-26… or so it seemed. But this is Virginia Tech, and the Hokies saw Trevor Thompson get stripped of the ball with 8 seconds to go, leading to a breakaway dunk by Nick Faust just before the halftime buzzer. Tech led 29-28 at the break but Uncle Mo had shifted back to the terps.
This game marked the 8th straight Tech has failed to reach the 30-point mark in the first half (they’ve done it just 3 times in 17 ACC games), despite being 5/10 from deep in the first half to help power their lead.
Virginia Tech opened the 2nd half like they ended the first, with a turnover leading to a maryland dunk. That would be the story of our life in the final 20+ minutes. Check out some of these facts:
- No points in the first 4:16 of the 2nd half… coupled with no points in the final 1:36 of the first means a scoreless drought of 5:52
- Between the final 8 seconds of the first half and the first 3 minutes of the 2nd half, Tech committed 6 turnovers (in 7 possessions) while getting just one FG attempted
- maryland went on a 10-0 run to go ahead 34-29
- Tech had just one FG attempt in the first 5:10 of the 2nd half that even hit the rim (they had 2 bricks to go along with the one miss on target)
- The Hokies would end up going 7:32 before they made a field goal, finally making a bucket for the first time in the 2nd half with 14:48 to go.
- All told, between the 8:19 mark of the first half and the 14:48 mark of the 2nd, Tech would make just 2 FGs and score just 8 points over that stretch of 13:31. And those 2 FGs were 24 seconds apart.
At that point, maryland turned the game into a Shoot-Around. The terps hit 5 three-pointers in a 3:15 span to turn a 31-29 lead into a 46-34 cushion (5/6 during the stretch from deep).
The rest of the game looked like a layup line for maryland. Perhaps JJ figured uncontested dunks were better than 3s (since it is one less point). maryland had 4 dunks in the final 10:03 of the game.
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Even with the game over, Tech still couldn’t muster any field goals.
Between 8:19 to go in the game and 2:20 Tech would not score a point, a run of almost 6 minutes. This was their third stretch of 5:30+ without a point in the game!!! Between the 8:19 mark of the first half and the 2:20 mark of the 2nd, Tech would make just 6 field goals and score just 14 points in that stretch of almost 26 minutes.
- Tech only made 5 FGs in the entire 2nd half (23% on FGs, 1/8 — 12.5% on 3s)
- The Hokies made just 7 FGs in the final 28 minutes of the game
- The Hokies had more turnovers (17) than made FGs (15) for the game
- Tech has surpassed the 1.0 mark on points per possession in just one ACC game this season (which would be a record according to Cvillehoops13 of TSL). They posted a horrendous (anemic, whatever adjective you like) 0.76 tonight.
At the end, Tech cleared their bench… that meant bringing in one player, Greg Donlon, that’s all they had left.
Worst of all, the team quit. At least up to this point you could say they had fought all the way all year. But they quit in the 2nd half. They weren’t fighting over screens and weren’t hustling after loose balls or on help defense. What made me the most upset was Jarell Eddie was clearly fouled on a 3-pointer with 4:30 to go but no call was made. We were down 17. It was the chance for JJ to get T’d up and show he still cared. That he was still “playing” hard. But he just softly spoke to the refs as maryland went down for a dunk and we slept walk to the media break. So I quit on them at the under-4 timeout. Our tee time for next Thursday can’t come soon enough.