Virginia Tech wastes a monster performance from Jeff Allen as the Hokies fall to Boston College, 58-56.
The Hokies (15-7, 5-4 ACC) had a chance to tie the game when Allen blocked a layup attempt by Reggie Jackson and Malcolm Delaney was fouled on the ensuing layup attempt. With the Hokies down two points, Delaney had a chance to tie the game. Unfortunately Delaney missed his free throw and then missed a layup. Erick Green then missed a 3-pointer to seal the Hokies’ fate.
The last possession summed up the whole night for Virginia Tech. Poor shooting haunted the Hokies all night as they shot 34.5-percent from the field.
Allen appeared to be the only player ready to play for Virginia Tech. He recorded his fourth straight double-double in the first half and finished the game with a game high 25 points and 19 rebounds. Allen went 10-for-19 from the field as he scored just under half the points the Hokies were able to muster.
Virginia Tech ended the half only down by three points despite shooting 30-percent from the field and failing to make a single 3-point shot. Delaney, Green and Manny Atkins shot a combined 0-for-19 from the field.
Delaney didn’t find his shooting touch until late in the game when he made two step back shots to keep the Hokies in striking distance. Delaney finished the game with 19 points on 6-for-17 shooting. His missed free throw and layup in the final seconds proved to be costly.
Green and Atkens were not able to get out of their shooting rut in the second half. The two combined to go 0-for-14 and score one point. Miss number 14 probably stung the most as Green missed a good look from behind the arc to give the Hokies the lead.
Virginia Tech had a one man effort today while Boston College had a full team effort to come away with the victory.
Joe Trapani led his team with 14 points and nine rebounds. Reggie Jackson was the only other player to reach double digits with 10 points.
Boston College was able to drain seven 3-pointers—four more than the Hokies—which proved to be costly for the Hokies two point loss.
Virginia Tech just let a top-50 RPI win slip right through their fingertips and drastically hurt their NCAA tournament chances. Virginia Tech did a great job at building its resume, but just like they did against Georgia Tech, the Hokies dropped a winnable ACC road game.
Now Virginia Tech falls back into the middle of the pack in the ACC standings, failing to separate itself from the pack. They are now relying on an upset win over Duke when the two teams meet Feb. 26 in order to boost their NCAA tournament resume.
Up next for the Hokies is a rematch against Georgia Tech at home. If the Hokies cannot avenge their loss earlier this year, then it looks like it will be another NIT appearance for the Hokies.