It was one of those nights that you don’t really feel good about a win. I am sure Coach Greenberg might be sharing this feeling. It was another disappointing start to a season that holds the expectations of a NCAA berth and the chance to win the ACC. For the second straight year the Hokies let the Camels stick around. The injuries to JT Thompson and Allen Chaney were felt the entire game. Jeff Allen had trouble establishing a presence down low, and Victor Davilla finished with 0 points. With JT and Chaney out for the season, the Hokies must look to find a spark off the bench. True Freshman Jarell Eddie provided some well needed rest for Davilla and added 6 points, 3 boards, and 2 assists in 15 minutes. Eddie seemed like a veteran when he drove to the hoop and set up a couple good plays down low. Jeff Allen added a team high 14 rebounds for the Hokies, and this seemed to be the key to Tech’s win. Virginia Tech held the edge in rebounding with a 41-24 domination of Campbell on the boards. Erick Green seemed to have worked on his release this Summer. His shot has gone from the Derek Fisher style over the head release to more traditional jump shot, and it showed. Erick came up short on many jump shots last year, but added six points and an incredible dunk to send the Hokie faithful into a frenzy. Malcolm Delaney added 20 points to keep up with his average from last year. It seemed that Campbell’s zone had an effect on the Hokies, and Delaney had rare chances to get open, and get to the basket. He did, however, do what he does best; get to the foul line. I spent most of my time questioning what I was seeing tonight, and felt as if no lead was safe. The Hokies let a 41-26 lead at halftime shrink to 7 points at multiple times in the 2nd half. The final was 70-60, and will not be enough to meet the expectations held for this team.
The Hokies will need to find something in the next few days. They head to Manhattan, Kansas to face an overwhelming Kansas State team on Tuesday. Tip off is 4 pm on ESPN.
Player of the Game: Malcolm Delaney 20 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists.
About the Author
Written by Logan Cecchine
I am a Virginia Tech undergrad, and plan on graduating with a degree in human development, as well as a minor in leadership and social change. I am a huge fan of all sports, but college football and basketball are on the top of my list. I am a fan of the Boston Bruins, Celtics, Red Sox, Denver Broncos, and my Hokies.