Monday, November 19, 2012

Green & Eddie Help Hokies Survive Spartans

UNCG 87 - Virginia Tech 96

UNCG Athletics
VT Athletics

Halftime: UNCG 41 - Virginia Tech 45

UNCG Stats
Leader Points: Trevis Simpson (25)
Leader Reounds: Kelvin McNeil (12)
Leader Assists: Simpson, Drew Parker (tied - 4)
Team FG: 32-75 (42.7%)
Team 3 Pt: 11-35 (31.4%)
Team FT: 12-17 (70.6%)
Rebounds: 38
Turnovers: 9

Virginia Tech Stats
Leader Points: Jarell Eddie (28)
Leader Rebounds: Marshall Wood (11)
Leader Assists: Eric Green (6)
Team FG: 24-53 (45.3%)
Team 3 Pt: 14-22 (63.6%)
Team FT: 34-42 (81.0%)
Rebounds: 41
Turnovers: 14

- Coming tomorrow ... until then check out David Morrison's article. It's pretty spot on.


I re-watched the game on ESPN3 replay (something I think everyone at the game should have done by now) and decided to post some of my thoughts.

- First off, I was not as upset about the foul calls during the replay as I was during the actual game. I thought there were definitely some missed calls and a couple that I wish UNCG could have gotten on their end. However, the game didn't seem as out of balance as it did during first watch. Granted it still just seems wrong that in an even contest one team would shoot 42 free throws and the other 17.

- I also didn't realize in person just how much of an effect that Jarell Eddie had on the game in the final few minutes. With UNCG trailing by only 3 Eddie heavily contested a 3 point look by Armstrong and then made an even tougher 3 on the other end to extend the lead to 6 and basically ending UNCG's upset bid. He also pressured the usually sharpshooting Nick Paulos into one of the tougher shooting nights he's had as a Spartan. His length also effected Simpson and Armstrong at times.

It's tough to lose a game against an ACC team that you have on the ropes, but hopefully the Spartans can learn and grow from this loss and close out the next team it has in this position.