Posted on 31 December 2011.
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The Hokies went to Stillwater, OK and beat the cowboys for the 2nd time in a month and 3rd time in 13 months, prevailing 67-61. History was made as Dorenzo Hudson reached the 1,000 point mark and Tech snapped osu’s 37 game home winning streak against non-conference opponents.
In a game that was all but an exact duplicate of the first meeting a month ago in Madison Square Garden, Tech once again couldn’t score from the field down the stretch but just barely hung on to win. In the 59-57 win a month ago, VT didn’t hit a field goal in the final 6:50. Today they didn’t knock down a field goal in the final 5:30 and blew a 61-51 lead with 5 minutes to play. oklahoma state tied the game on a Williams 3-pointer at 61 with 2 minutes to play, but the Hokies scored the final 6 points of the game, all from the line, all by the seniors. Victor Davila calmly drained 2 FTs to put VT up 63-61 with 90 seconds to go (VD is 16 for his last 21 from the line!), and Dorenzo Hudson iced the game with 4 late free throws.
Tech, who had 20 offensive rebounds in the first meeting, dominated on the glass again. They outscored osu 24-4 (by my count) on 2nd chance points. They once again had 10+ more offensive rebounds than the cowboys (18-6 today, 20-10 last time). Doe Doe had 10 rebounds, while surprisingly Green and Eddie chipped in 7 boards each. Dorian had 24 total rebounds in the 2 games against okie state. This marked the first time he reached 10 boards since the last osu game.
The problem for the Hokies, and why they didn’t win by more, was 16 turnovers, including 10 in the first half. But Tech used their FT skills, hitting 15/17 from the line, including 13/15 in the 2nd half.
Zo was the man for the Hokies today, 5/10 from the field, 2/4 from deep, and 6/6 from the line to lead the Hokies with 18 points. Dorenzo reached 1,000 points for his career with a 3-pointer that put VT ahead 50-47 with 8:30 to go. Erick Green added 16 as the only other Hokie in double digits. Robert Brown did have a big 8 off the bench for Tech. Jarell Eddie had 9 for VT, all in the first half, and Victor Davila tallied 8. Doe Doe was held to 2 points but once again played terrific defense on 5-star osu recruit Le’Bryan Nash.
Speaking of Nash, he was held scoreless in the first meeting, put up a goose egg in the first half today, and finished with just 4 points and 1 FG. Great defense by Dorian and C.J. Barksdale gave him fits.
Keiton Page was another story. The senior, who looks like Ollie’s twin from Hoosiers, started 2/10 from the field but went ape after hitting a Hail Mary 3-pointer at the end of the first half. That gave him 7 at the break but he’d go on to score 14 in the 2nd half (and that’s despite missing most of the final 5 minutes with 4 fouls) on 5 3-pointers. Tech did an awful job of help defense on the perimeter in the 2nd half. In fact, Page outscored VT 11-9 all by himself during a stretch to end the 1st half and start the 2nd.
This was a game of runs. After okie state hit a 3 to go up 3-0, VT ran off 11 straight to take an 11-3 lead. The cowboys got within 1 at 21-20, but Tech scored 7 straight, culminating with a Jarell Eddie 3-pointer to go up 28-20 with 30 seconds to go in the half. Page’s ‘pull the horseshoe out of his rear’ 3 to close the half made the margin 28-23 Hokies at the break. Tech has lead at the half in every game this year.
Starting with the 3 by osu to end the half, the cowboys went on a 13-2 run to go ahead 33-30 with 16 minutes to go in the game. Green tied the game with a 3 to make it 33-all, but okie state pushed out to a 44-37 lead on a Williams dunk after a great pass from Page with 13 minutes to go. But everything changed at that moment…
Jean-Paul Olukemi, who had earlier hurt his knee on a non-contact play, blew his knee out inbounding the ball that led to the Williams dunk. With Olukemi out, Virginia Tech stormed to a 19-3 run to go up 56-47 with 6:18 to go.
With 5 minutes to go, Page fouled Erick Green on a 3-point attempt (Page’s 4th foul) and Green hit all 3 go put VT up 61-51, setting up osu’s run with Page on the bench.
After the cowpokes tied things at 61 and VD put VT up 63-61, Nash and Page would miss 3-pointers and Zo got fouled with 22 seconds left. His 2 FTs gave VT a 65-61 lead. Page missed another 3, Zo hit 2 more FTs, and Page bricked a 3 at the buzzer and Tech wins 67-61.
The win by Virginia Tech snapped oklahoma state’s 37 game winning streak at home versus non-conference foes. How’s that for the baby Hokies 3G?! Tech could have rolled over and quit after blowing the big lead, but showed grit in winning.
The Hokies have off until next Saturday when they open ACC play at wake forest at noon. Tech has 2 winnable ACC road games upcoming: @wake, home vs fsu (who is 0-2 vs Ivy League teams), and @bc who is AWFUL. Tech has just 1 out of conference game left, home vs. byu in late January. 11-3 is pretty darn good for this largely young team! Have a Hokie New Year!
Scores at the Media Timeouts:
- Under-16: VT 9-3
- Under-12: VT 15-11
- Under-8: VT 19-17
- Under-4: VT 23-20
- HALF: VT 28-23
- Under-16: okla st 37-35
- Under-12: okla st 44-39
- Under-8: VT 52-47
- Under-4: VT 61-58
- FINAL: VT 67-61