Thursday, March 12, 2009

HOKIES DRIVE MIAMI BACK TO THE AIRPORT

VIRGINIA TECH 65, MIAMI 47 - Was the Hokies defense really that good or did the Hurricanes "you-know-what" the bed? Maybe a little of both...

Virginia Tech's defense was stifling and Miami couldn't find the answer to their recent slump. As a result, the Hokies NCAA bid chances are still alive while the Canes are headed to the N.I.T.

Virginia Tech broke open a close game with a 14-0 run in the second half while holding Miami Scoring Machine, Jack McClinton, to just nine points on 4-11 shooting.

Virginia Tech (18-13) will play top seed North Carolina in the quarterfinals on Friday.
Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg is trying to join his older brother, Radford coach Brad Greenberg, in the NCAA tournament. Radford won the Big South championship on Saturday.

Malcolm Delaney made only 1-of-10 shots from the field but made 14-of-15 free throws to lead Virginia Tech with 17 points.

The Hokies, who led by 14 points in the first half, were ahead only 43-37 midway through the second half before the 14-0 run to take a 57-37 lead with 7:15 to play.

Adrian Thomas led Miami (18-12) with nine points - not a misprint, that's NINE.

After belittling the Big East's St. John's for only scoring ten points in the first half of their game yesterday v. Marquette, we were very concerned in that eat crow kind of way when with 5:30 left in the opening period the Canes had a whopping 11 points.

Miami shot 34 percent from the field and 25 per cent from behind the arc. Add in 15 turnovers and a rebound deficit of ten. Game over.

(AP Photo by Dave Martin)

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