Hokies Sweep Terps in Decisive VictoryBy Debbie Ballard
February 16, 2011
Although Virginia Tech won a definitive victory against Maryland on the road earlier this season, the Hokies knew that win would offer little advantage when the Terps came back to Cassell Coliseum looking for revenge. Unfazed, the Hokies held serve at home and notched an important late season victory 91-86.
"Kansas came out last night thinking they were going to beat Kansas State because of the first game and coach kind of talked to us about that. We just couldn't let that first game get to our heads," Malcolm Delaney said after the game.
Virginia Tech jumped out to an early lead, and before the first media timeout the Hokies led by eight.
Victor Davila dunked the Hokies to a 10-point lead, but that was the first and last time the Hokies commanded such a lead over the Terrapins.
Against Georgia Tech on Sunday Delaney dominated the scoring for the Hokies, amassing 33 points.
In this game, however, the starters spread the wealth a bit more evenly. All five reached double digits by the beginning of the second half.
Especially effective was Terrell Bell, who went 5-5 from beyond the arc. Bell said coach Seth Greenberg's urgings for him to play more aggressively led him to attempt more shots.
"He just told me to be aggressive, be confident," said Bell of Greenberg. "He said I'm a good player, I just got to play like that and as of late that's what I'm trying to do."
Bell finished the game with 16 points and eight rebounds.
"He's a scorer," said Erick Green of Bell. "We know he can score any time, and he's a big time player for us."
While the whole team played aggressively against a tough Maryland opponent, turnovers plagued both teams and forced a very close game.
Jordan Williams and Terrell Stoglin dominated the scoring for the Terrapins, and both were vital for the Maryland offense.
Maryland slowly chipped away at Virginia Tech's early lead and eventually overtook the Hokies 44-41 at the half.
The Terrapins held onto their shaky lead until 12:04 left in the second half, when Jeff Allen dunked the tying basket and rebounded a missed jumper by Terrapin Cliff Tucker on the very next play.
A Bell three-pointer put the Hokies in the lead, but possession of that lead changed four more times (in a row) until jumpers by Delaney and Green finally overtook a lead they never relinquished.
Despite the turnovers and early foul trouble for the Hokies, they remained composed during a tense game.
Defensive stops also helped the Hokies, as well as Allen's presence underneath both baskets.
The forward finished the game with 16 points and 11 total rebounds, which helped throughout the game to keep the Terrapins from pulling away.
Those rebounds allowed Davila, who missed only two shots all night, along with Bell, Green, and Delaney to attempt more shots at the basket, which calmed down the pace of the game.
Virginia Tech regained control and won the game 91-86, sweeping Maryland on season.
ESPN College Game Day comes to Blacksburg for Tech's next home game against Duke on Friday, Feb. 25. Tip-off is at 9 p.m.