Monday, March 22, 2010

Hokies Claim NIT Win In Instant Virginia Tech Classic

The Virginia Tech Hokies may have been snubbed from the NCAA Tournament, but don't tell them they don't have anything to play for. The Hokies took on the Connecticut Huskies in the second round of the NIT this Monday night.

In a nearly packed house, students, alums and other Tech fans eagerly awaited the opening tip-off for what was to be a stellar game.

For the third straight game Malcolm Delaney failed to deliver for the Hokies, leaving Dorenzo Hudson in charge of the Hokie offense. Delaney finished with six points and only two field-goals made. Hudson stepped up in place of Delaney with 27 points all while staying out of foul trouble.

Connecticut was not short on firepower with players like Kemba Walker(18 points) and Jerome Dyson(15 points). Dyson found himself with four fouls late in the game so his playing time was reduced slightly.

After being down by five points at the half, the Hokies came out firing on all cylinders in the second half. 17 of Hudson's points came in the second half which sparked the Hokie offense and defense.

With 11 seconds left, the Hokies managed to make a series of key defensive plays against the Huskies. With .7 seconds left, the Hokies hit a clutch free-throw to extend the lead to two points. The Huskies missed a last second halfcourt shot and the Hokies rally past the Huskies in the second round of the NIT: 65-63

The Hokies match their season high total for wins in school history with 25. The Hokies will take on the Rhode Island Rams in the next round of the NIT at Cassell Coliseum.

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