In the jubilation that followed Saturday night’s upset of #1 Duke, the word out everywhere was that the Hokies had just punched their ticket to the big dance. Simply put, did last night’s Senior Night loss to Boston College at home unpunch the Hokies’ dance card?
No doubt, Seth Greenberg lectured his charges from Sunday morning until Tuesday tip-off about the importance of this game. Also, no doubt, he pointed out some serious match-up problems that have allowed the Eagles to sweep Virginia Tech this season.
That said, nothing much worked for the Hokies who got off to a slow start and never recovered losing 76-61.
Reggie Jackson scored 20 points and Corey Raji added 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Eagles (18-11, 8-7 ACC) who beat Virginia Tech 58-56 at home on Feb. 5th. This time, BC led most of the way and used an 18-4 run to ice it after the Hokies closed to within 45-39 with 16 minutes left.
The Hokies (19-9, 9-6) were led by Erick Green with 21 points. Malcolm Delaney, one of three seniors honored before possibly his final home game, added 17 and fellow senior Jeff Allen had 14.
The Eagles, in their own battle to beef up their post season credentials, began the night tied with Maryland for sixth in the league standings, and having also swept the Terrapins.
Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg removed Delaney, Allen and Terrell Bell, the third senior, to polite applause with 1:55 remaining and the Hokies trailing 71-56.
Delaney had all 11 of his first-half points in the burst, and his last basket moved him past Dale Solomon into third on the Hokies’ career list with 2,137 points.