Sunday, February 7, 2010

Back To Back ACC Wins Gives Hope To Hokie Hoops

This past week was immensely important for the Hokies in terms of establishing a resume for the NCAA Tournament. To the delight of Hokie Nation, the Hokies came through in the clutch with two major wins.

On Thursday the Hokies took on the North Carolina Tarheels.

The Hokies ran into some foul trouble early in the game; by games end, the Hokies only had one starter who had not committed four personal fouls.

Once again the Hokies had limited contribution from the bench with eight of ten points coming from J.T. Thompson. Malcolm Delaney led all scorers with 21 points.

North Carolina would essentially lose the game from the free-throw line, shooting only 67 percent. Those 10 points would be the difference in the game.

With a strong surge in the second half the Hokies came back to win the game: 74-70

This past Saturday the Hokies took on Clemson, another ACC contender. Because of the mass amounts of snow on the ground students gained admission free, and let me just say, that was a long and cold line. Once inside though the action begun and Cassell was packed.

This game was interesting in the fact that over half of Virginia Tech's points came off of free throws, 20 of those from Malcolm Delaney. Virginia Tech shot 46 free throws and made 38 of them, a season for both.

Speaking of Delaney, he recorded a humble 30 points in 40 minutes of playing time. As is the trend with Virginia Tech basketball, there was little to no production from the bench with only nine points.

Both the Clemson Tigers and the Virginia Tech Hokies shot a poor 30.6 percent from the field. This percent is a season low for Clemson.

Virginia Tech was able to use this to their advantage though by driving the lane and getting Clemson into heavy foul trouble. Two of the Tiger starters fouled out late in the game with three other players having four personal fouls.

Virginia Tech pulled out the win over Clemson: 70-59.

Over the weekend Virginia Tech moved to 18-4 on the season and 5-3 in ACC play. Clemson fell to 16-7 on the season with a 4-5 record in the ACC. Virginia Tech takes on NC State Feb. 10.

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