VT Escapes in OT: Box score of the Day

    
February 8th, 2009

Box Score of the Day:

Today's pick is.. Virginia Tech's OT win over NC State.

 

When breaking down a team's resume, people tend to focus on the few best wins, such as the Hokies 78-71 win over Wake Forest. But sometimes hard fought victories over mediocre opponents can be just as important. Having lost two games in a row, and trailing by 18 with 13 minutes left.. Virginia Tech made a furious come back to salvage a win over lowly NC State, and remain firmly in the thick of the NCAA Tournament race.

 

While Dorenzo Hudson started the comeback with a big three, it was the Hokie's usual three-headed monster that completed the deal. AD Vassallo, Jeff Allen, and Malcolm Delaney combined for 63 points, and hit the big shots that pushed the game to OT.

 

NC State was led by Ben McCauley, who had a monster game of 25 & 15. This was the most points McCauley has scored since January of 2007 (when he had 26).  The Wolfpack shot relatively well from the floor, got to the line frequently, and held their own on the glass.. but were killed by turnovers. A lack of point guard leadership has plagued this team all season, and no one on the roster even averaged 3 assists per game.

 

Virginia Tech 91, N.C. State 87

Sunday, February 8, 2009 1:30 PM

Location - Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, Virginia
Officials - Raymond Styons, Jamie Luckie, John Cahill
Attendance - 9847
 
Final Scoring Summary
 
FinalOT 1 2 X T
N.C. State 49 27 11 87
Virginia Tech 35 41 15 91
 
N.C. State Wolfpack
 
  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Tracy Smith 22:00 5-5 0-0 3-5 1 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 13
Brandon Costner 35:00 4-9 1-2 4-5 2 3 5 1 5 0 5 1 13
Ben McCauley 41:00 6-12 0-0 13-15 3 12 15 2 3 0 3 1 25
Courtney Fells 41:00 5-11 1-4 6-6 2 5 7 2 3 2 3 1 17
Javier Gonzalez 36:00 3-9 2-6 1-4 0 0 0 6 3 1 5 0 9
Farnold Degand 12:00 1-2 0-1 1-2 0 1 1 0 2 1 1 1 3
Julius Mays 9:00 0-2 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 3 3 0 3 0 0
Dennis Horner 29:00 3-5 1-2 0-2 0 2 2 0 4 2 1 1 7
TOTAL 225 27-55 5-17 28-39 8 25 33 15 23 6 22 5 87
    49.1% 29.4% 71.8% Team Rebs: 7   Total TO: 22
 
Virginia Tech Hokies
 
  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Jeff Allen 34:00 8-13 1-2 4-8 3 5 8 1 5 3 4 2 21
AD Vassallo 43:00 10-17 0-3 4-4 1 6 7 2 3 1 1 2 24
Cheick Diakite 17:00 1-2 0-0 0-0 2 1 3 0 5 1 0 1 2
Dorenzo Hudson 15:00 2-4 1-3 3-4 0 1 1 1 1 0 2 1 8
Malcolm Delaney 43:00 3-12 1-2 11-11 2 0 2 4 4 1 5 0 18
Terrell Bell 25:00 2-7 0-2 0-0 2 4 6 3 2 2 0 1 4
Hank Thorns 10:00 0-2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
Victor Davila 6:00 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 2
Lewis Witcher 3:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
J.T. Thompson 29:00 5-10 0-0 2-3 0 3 3 0 4 3 2 0 12
TOTAL 225 32-68 3-13 24-30 10 21 31 12 27 12 14 7 91
    47.1% 23.1% 80.0% Team Rebs: 3   Total TO: 14
 

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