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Recap | VT (3-0) 71, campbell (3-1) 60


And for the third time in a row – don’t let the final score fool you!  If college basketball games were 30 minutes long instead of 40, the Hokies could easily be 0-3 at this point.  But once again Tech used a run about midway through the second half to secure a double-digit win, this time on the road in front a spirited crowd.  It was a white-out, people!  The campbell students were clad in white shirts that said “Beat Tech”.  They also set an attendance record for their arena.. 

The late run tonight was kick-started by the play of the game, coming with six minutes left and the Hokies leading by a slim 52-51 margin.  Malcolm Delaney launched a three-pointer that bounced off the rim and then fell in.  While the ball was in the air, Terrell Bell was fouled, putting him on the line for a one-and-one.  He hit both, giving the Hokies a five point play and a 57-51 lead.  campbell never got closer than five after that.  Delaney also had two big assets leading to a layup by Dorenzo Hudson and a dunk by Terrell Bell as the Hokies pushed the lead out to double-digits.

JT Thompson was the player of the game, leading the Hokies with 17 points.  He also chipped in six rebounds and a couple of blocks.  This was not a career high for him in points though, he had 21 against duquesne last year in the NIT.  Another great sign tonight is JT hit three jump shots, something he had been struggling with coming into this game. 

Malcolm Delaney chipped in a rough 15.  In fact, he didn’t hit a two-point shot all night.  He hit three three-pointers and nailed 6/8 free throws.  He also surpassed the 1,000 point mark becoming the 40th Hokie to reach that feat all time.  But he struggled to find his points.

The Hokies, after going 1/13 on threes in their last game, struggled from the outside early again tonight facing campbell’s 2-3 zone.  The camels were begging the Hokies to shoot it from the outside and Tech was cold early.  They started out just 9/28 from the field, including many missed easy shots in the lane.  But the freshmen guards really gave Tech a lift.  Erick Green hit two three-pointers in the first half and Ben Boggs added one himself.  Tech went 7/18 (39%) from behind the arc on the night, which they’ll take any night.  Anything above 33% is good.  The Hokies hit 44% of their field goals overall for their game, which is on par with what they usually do.  Tech was 16/24 (67%) from the line, an improvement over the 56% they were coming in but still not good enough.  They need to be in the 70s and hit 72.4% last year.  Hudson hit 4/6 tonight after starting the season 1/6.

If you love whistles, then this was the game for you.  Tech had well over 10 fouls in both halves.  In fact, campbell was in the bonus just eight minutes into the first half and Jeff Allen, Dorenzo Hudson, and Malcolm Delaney were all on the bench with two fouls.  That is when the supporting cast stepped up.  Tech’s bench had scored just 12% of the Hokie points through two games, but with three starters out with foul trouble, the bench stepped up with 21 first half points of the 33 VT scored.  Just imagine what this game would have looked like without the role players coming up big. 

The Hokies opened the game on a 7-0 run and closed the first half on a 9-2 run.  They were outscored 29-17 in the middle part of the half but led 33-31 at the half on a three-pointer by Thompson just before the buzzer.  Thompson had 11 points and a surprise seven points by freshman Erick Green helped the Hokie cause.

The Hokies really struggled defensively for most of this game.  campbell was beating them up the court and getting easy bucket after easy bucket.  Or in the half court set a Tech defender would get lost, leaving a camel open for an easy layup.  Or more often than not, a foul was called on the Hokies.  VT really struggled with the small, thin, but quick camel lineup that often had four or more players that were 6’6″ or less on the floor.  After the game, Head Coach Seth Greenberg said they were “stretched and beaten off the dribble” and was what “bothered me the most”.  campbell shot over 50% in the first half.  He thought the post players struggled guarding the camels smaller guys that were more or less small forwards.

Jonathan Rodriguez, the senior star of campbell who has over 1600 points in his career, led the camels with 19 points.  He had 12 at the half.

The key for campbell tonight to win was force the Hokies to commit turnovers.  The camels had pilfered 12.5 steals per game in their first three games but got just seven tonight and Tech committed just 11 turnovers.  The Hokies continued their domination in points off turnovers, outscoring the camels 20 to 7.  They have a 68 to 19 edge in points off turnovers on the season.

Seth was not a happy camper for most of the game.  He burned four timeouts in the first half, including three in a 2:02 span.  Seth was also disappointed the way Jeff Allen played.  He had two fouls by the five minute mark of the first half, and four fouls before the first media timeout in the second half.  He had as many fouls as points until he converted a big three-point play with three minutes to go to put Tech up by eight.  Allen finished with seven points. 

After the game, Seth said he was happy that they “won the final four minutes”.  Tech outscored campbell 19-9 in the final six minutes of the game to pull away.

Virginia Tech returns to action this Friday and Saturday with games against temple and delaware as part of the Philly Hoop Group Classic. 

Here are the point totals for the Hokies…

  • JT Thompson – 17
  • Delaney – 15
  • Hudson – 10
  • Allen – 7
  • Green – 7
  • Davila – 6
  • Bell – 6
  • Boggs – 3

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Malcolm Delaney Scores 1,000th Point

Malcolm Delaney became the 40th player in Virginia Tech basketball history to score 1,000 points.  He hit a three-pointer with six minutes left in the second half against campbell to give him 1,001 points in his career.

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Scoring Trends | VT @ campbell

Here are the scores at each media timeout (every four minutes) throughout the game:


2nd Half Media Timeouts
Under 16 campbell 42-39
Under 12 VT 45-44
Under 8 VT 52-49
Under 4 VT 63-56
Final VT 71-60

Malcolm Delaney scored his 1,000th career point with six minutes to go on a three.

Allen went to the bench with four fouls less than three minutes into the second half.


1st Half Media Timeouts
Under 16 VT 7-0
Under 12 VT 9-9
Under 8 VT 19-17
Under 4 campbell 29-24
Halftime VT 33-31

And here are scoring totals for the Hokies:

  • Thompson – 11
  • Green – 7
  • Delaney – 6
  • Boggs – 3
  • Allen, Davila, Hudson – 2

The camels star Rodriguez has 12.

The Hokies used four timeouts in the first half including three in a 2:02 span.

Allen, Hudson, and Delaney each had two fouls and went to the bench with 12:30 left in the first half.  Each did play later in the half though.  campbell was in the bonus by the second media timeout.

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Preview | VT (2-0) @ campbell (3-0) | Mon., 7 PM


The Hokies and the camels go toe-to-toe on Monday as Tech heads to Buies Creek, NC for their first road game of the season.  Tech will need to show improvement on offense after having one of their worst offensive performances not involving VT @ duke since the ricky stokes days.  Although it is hard to believe the Hokie O could be any worse.  The Hokies hit just two jump shots from outside the paint the entire game against unc greensboro in a 59-46 win in their last outing.  Both shots came in a two minute span midway through the second half when the Hokies blew open a tie game thanks to Malcolm Delaney’s efforts.  Tech was just 1 of 13 on three-pointers in that game.  VT hit just 38% of their shots for the game. 

Tech is clearly still adjusting to the new motion offense Coach Seth Greenberg installed for this season.  Here are Seth’s thoughts on the offense from a Hokiesports.com Notebook article:

“This isn’t exactly a Bobby Knight motion offense. This is a work in progress. We’re force-feeding it to them at this point. It’s a continual work in progress. It’s not easy to understand, but it gives them more freedom. With more freedom, there are some spacing issues. You’ve got to make sure you meet the pass, you’ve got to make sure you’re waiting on screens, and you’ve got to get people the ball when they’re posting up. There’s a lot to it. To simplify, it comes down to spacing and setting good screens and waiting on screens. If we’re patient and wait on screens, eventually it’ll be good.

“I’m doing it to move Malcolm [Delaney] to different spots so people can’t mark him as easily. That’s the main thing. We want to be less predictable because people are going to add at least an extra half of a defender on him.

“I’m doing it, too, because I think it will make our defense better. If your offense gets better and you work against it every day, then your defense is going to get better.”

But the Hokies dealt with a lot of injury issues in the preseason that have cost the guys practice time and continuity.  JT Thompson had a high ankle sprain, Victor Davila had the flu, Cadarian Raines had his injury that has kept him out, and Jeff Allen has wrist, knee, and thumb issues.  The Hokies soft early schedule will hopefully allow them time to progress with the offense.

That doesn’t explain Tech’s free throw shooting woes, though.  The Hokies have hit just 56% from the charity stripe, and if you remove Delaney’s 10 of 12, the rest of the team is just 10/24.


The good news is the Hokies managed 44 points in the paint and dominated the smaller spartans last time out.  Tech should have a huge advantage inside against the small and thin campbell camels.  campbell has just two players over 6’6″ (a 6’7″ and a 6’8″ player) and those two guys play less than 20 minutes combined.  No one on this squad is over 210 lbs.  The Hokies need to get Jeff Allen involved early – he plays his best when he gets early touches – and not forget about Allen as they seem to do for long stretches of time.  Keep pounding it inside.  Victor Davila who has good low post moves should also be able to add 8-12 points down low.


campbell is the best team the Hokies will have faced so far this season, which isn’t saying much.  But Tech will need a better effort than they’ve had in the first two outings to win this game, especially on the road.  This is campbell’s biggest home game of the year so their fans will be juiced.  campbell beat east carolina in their second game, so the camels have some power in their humps.  They beat the pirates 74-68 at home thanks in part to 11 steals and forcing 20 pirate turnovers. 

campbell has shot the ball well so far this season, hitting 45% of their shots.  Tech has held their first two opponents to just under 40% shooting with their reinvigorated defense and will need to play well again this game.  When the camels toe the free throw line, they shoot a solid 70%.

The campbell camels are led by their stud Puerto Rican senior forward, Jonathan Rodriguez.  He has scored over 1600 points in his career.  Jonathan averaged a double-double his sophomore year and has had one in all three games this year.  He does turn the ball over a good bit, though.  Expect Jeff Allen to aggressively go after him on defense.

The camels second leading scorer is sophomore guard Lorne Merthie.  Lorne is the camels’ only three point shooting threat, having hit 8 of 20 (40%).  In fact, only one other camel has hit more than one three-pointer (Kyle Vejraska), and he’s hit only three.  So the Hokies do not have to worry just about guarding the perimeter other than Merthie.

Junior forward Preston Dodson has been a pleasant surprise for the camels, scoring 11.7 points per game this year after averaging just four per game his first two years.  He does all his damage inside and is averaging three offensive rebounds per game despite being just 6’5″.  Tech must get a body on him and box him out.

campbell’s KEY:

Get steals and create easy buckets.  campbell is fantastic on defense.  They have averaging an astonishing 12.3 steals per game, led by Junard Hartley who gets 3.7 per game.  That is a LOT.  Hartley also commits a lot of fouls so the Hokies will hope the refs are whistle happy.  Tech, by comparison, has 15 steals total through two games.  Guard Lorne Merthie averages 2.3 steals per game, so their starting back court gets six per game so far.  That has to remind Hokie fans of the days of Jamon Gordon and Zabian Dowdell.  Tech has to protect the ball well in this game.  

That said, the Hokies have outscored opponents 48-12 in points off turnovers through two games so this will be an interesting match-up.


Numbers campbell Virginia Tech
2009-10 W-L 3-0 2-0
2008-09 W-L 14-16 19-15
Conference Atlantic Sun ACC
PPG 78.3 64
Pts Against 62 50.5
FG % 45% 42%
3-Pt % 32% 27%
FT % 71% 56%
Leading …    
Scorer Rodriguez – 15.7 Delaney – 19.0
Rebounder Rodriguez – 10.7 Allen – 8.0
Assists Hartley – 5.3 Delaney – 4.5
Steals Hartley – 3.7 Allen – 4.0
Blocks Vejraska – 1.3 Allen – 2.5



Position campbell Virginia Tech
Guard 12 Hartley – 6’3″ 23 Delaney – 6’3″
Guard 25 Merthie – 6’1″ 5 Hudson – 6’5″
Forward 51 Dodson – 6’5″ 1 Bell – 6’6″
Forward 3 Rodriguez – 6’5″ 0 Allen – 6’7″
Forward 10 Kossangue – 6’6″ 14 Davila – 6’8″



  • Founded in 1887
  • Located in Buies Creek, NC (just south of Raleigh)
  • Private school
  • 10,000 total students with 7k on their main campus
  • Name for minister James Archibald Campbell who founded the school and was the first president
  • Mascot: Gaylord the camel (named for Gaylord Perry, Major League Baseball Hall of Famer)
  • Arena: The newly completed John W. Pope Convocation Center
  • Conference: Atlantic Sun although they will re-join the Big South Conference in 2011-12. 
  • Famous Alums: Gaylord Perry and his brother, Jim – haven’t heard of any else although they had a Pulitzer Prize winner

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