Fresh off a one-game suspension for a marijuana charge, freshman Jarell Eddie was smokin’ hot as he helped lead the Hokies to a 76-62 win over wake forest on the road. Eddie scored a career-high 17 points and didn’t miss a single shot, going 6/6 from the field, including 3/3 from behind the arc.
Before tonight’s game, Eddie was just 4/28 from three-point range this season.
Eddie saw his minutes increase Tuesday night’s game when Victor Davila picked up his fourth foul less than five minutes into the second half. Eddie played virtually the entire second half and made the most of it. He also pulled down nine rebounds.
Seniors Jeff Allen and Malcolm Delaney both equalled Eddie’s 17 points and sophomore Erick Green reached double figures again with 12 points.
As Niemo said in his preview, this game was a must-win for the Hokies, especially after their embarrassing sweep to lowly uva on Saturday. Tuesday’s win over wake makes Saturday’s ESPN College Game Day showdown with No. 1 duke even more meaningful.
Allen’s streak of seven straight games with a double-double came to an end. The Big Donut had 17 points and eight rebounds.
The Hokies stumbled and tripped their way to an 11-4 lead in the opening minutes behind four points from Terrell Bell, plus a big block and a steal. But wake went on a 6-0 run to pull within one, 11-10.
Tech responded with a 10-0 run late in the first half to take a 30-20 lead. Eddie and Delaney hit back-to-back threes to help the Hokies to a 38-25 halftime lead.
The second half was about as boring as it could be, but there were some pretty passes and a couple of sweet dunks, but outside of that, it was like watching grass grow. So, if you missed the game, don’t sweat it, you didn’t miss much.
Despite 11 first-half turnovers (Tech averages 12.7 a game) and 18 for the game, Tech dominated the demon deacons and the final score wasn’t indicative of how lopsided this game was. The Hokies out-rebounded the deacs 35-23.
When Niemo says that wake is bad, he’s not kidding. This is possible the worst ACC team we’ve seen in years, but they’re young, so don’t expect them to be this bad next year.
Niemo’s on assignment in Europe, and by assignment, we mean a modern day Yankee invasion. That being said, he may or may not weigh in, the blimey wanker.