Mark Berman back at Tech, where the Hokies lost a heart-breaker to Maryland, 104-100 in double OT.
“It was a heck of a game,” Seth Greenberg said. “It was like a prizefight, punches and counterpunches, teams getting knocked down and getting right back up. I can’t fault our kids in any way shape or form. They couldn’t have played any harder. We couldn’t have been any more resilient. They did a lot of really, really good things. It’s one play.”
Tech lost its 3rd straight game, falling to 21-7, 8-6.
“We’re a very good basketball team. We lost on one play,” Seth said. “The real test of our character will be on Wednesday. Everyone’s going to say, well, they’ve lost three in a row. We played our tails off at Duke. We didn’t play well against what I think is a much-improved BC team, and we played our tails off today.”
This would have been a big boost to Tech’s NCAA tourney resume if Tech had won. Now they are just 2-4 against teams in the top 50 of the RPI.
Terrell Bell stole the ball with Tech down 80-77. After Tech called two timeouts with 18 seconds left in regulation, Dorenzo Hudson inbounded the ball to JT, who made the 2nd trey of his VT career to tie the score at 80 with 15.1 seconds left.
“We set up an elevator play,” Seth said. “Most times against defense, when you bring a guy like Delaney off a screen, the guy that’s most open is the guy on the furthest side of the court. … He flipped out and he had good room and rhythm and he knocked down the shot. It was either he or Jeff depending on who showed on the screen. …. When Malcolm came off the screen they stepped and showed and we widened out and made a good decision.”
Eric Hayes made a jumper to give Maryland the lead, but Malcolm Delaney answered with a layup with 0,9 seconds left to tie the score at 82 and force OT.
Bell made a huge trey to give VT an 89-87 lead with 55.9 seconds left in the first OT. But Hayes answered with two free throws, and Delaney and Greivis Vasquez each missed a shot. Time for a 2nd OT.
Maryland scored the first 4 points of the second OT and led the rest of the way.
Delaney missed two free throws that would have tied the score with 39.5 seconds left.
Still, Tech had a shot. Hayes made just one of two free throws to extend the lead to 102-100 with 15.2 seconds left, and Jeff Allen got the rebound.
But Delaney was guarded and dished to Erick Green, who missed a trey with 3 seconds to go.
“We just wanted to attack,” Seth said. Delaney “got stopped. …. He’s going to have to pitch it out, and Erick got a good look. Erick makes that shot in practice.”
Vasquez had 41 points and five 3-pointers. Sean Mosley had 17 points.
Delaney had 27 points and Hudson 21. Jeff had 25 points and 15 boards. Bell had 10 points and nine boards. JT had 15 points.
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