Sunday, March 22, 2009

HOKIES QUIETLY EXIT N.I.T.

BAYLOR 84, VIRGINIA TECH 66 – Nothing quiets down the griping about not getting into the Big Dance like getting butt whipped by the Baylor Bears at home in the N.I.T. The Bears never trailed, taking a 22-5 lead in the first 12 minutes in part because the Hokies made just one of their first 17 attempts.

Kevin Rogers and Curtis Jarrells scored 16 points apiece as Baylor advanced to the quarterfinals and will play host Auburn on Tuesday night. The Bears, who have won five of their past six games, including three in the Big 12 tournament and two in the NIT, improved to 22-14 overall on the season.

Malcolm Delaney led Virginia Tech (19-15) with 14 points.

Tech shot just 32.4 – its second-worst performance of the season.
“I’ll be honest with you, I thought we had great looks,” Vassallo said. “I shot over the top of their guards and I was able to shoot clean shots. The ball just was not going in. We had some good looks inside. Jeff [Allen], the ball just rolled out. Malcolm had some 3’s that he rarely misses. It was just one of those days. And every time they took a shot, it seemed to go in and that just demoralized us.”

Vassallo, a senior from Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, closed out his career with 1,822 points.

(Photos by Matt Gentry/Roanoke Times)

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