It appears Virginia Tech suffered the classic hangover after upsetting No. 1 Duke.
On senior night in Blacksburg, the Hokies simply failed to play a complete game and ultimately lost control of the game. Virginia Tech (19-9, 9-6 ACC) lost to Boston College (18-11, 8-7 ACC) 76-61.
Malcolm Delaney, Jeff Allen and Erick Green all put together solid performances, but as was the case last game, the supporting cast failed to help out. The top three Hokie scorers had a combined 52 of the 61 total points scored.
Things got ugly for the Hokies early in the first half. After starting the game with a 4-0 lead, Boston College went on a 19-2 run and never looked back.
The Golden Eagles were on fire from 3-point range.
Reggie Jackson scored 13 of Boston College’s first 17 points.
The Hokies seemed to have no answer to stop Boston College’s hot shooting and began to force shots of their own. Delaney hit the team’s first 3-pointer with 4:47 remaining in the first half—the Hokies were 0-6 before that.
By the time Virginia Tech realized it could score at will in the paint, it was already becoming too late. The Hokies were able to able to cool off Boston College to finish the half down by eight points. They chipped away to trail by five points, but started to unravel.
Boston College found their shooting touch again and Virginia Tech began to get frustrated. Delaney and Green started to force shots and the team’s defense got sloppy.
The Hokies went 6:36 with only one basket made. During that span, they were outscored 14-2 and began to get sloppy with their defense—committing silly fouls.
The loss tonight puts the Hokies back onto the NCAA bubble watch. They now must win their game at Clemson and possibly a game in the ACC Tournament.
The Hokies currently are slated for a first round bye in the ACC Tournament, but are only a half game ahead of Clemson—meaning the Hokies must win to clinch a spot in the second round.
Virginia Tech continues to keep it interesting when it comes to NCAA tournament time and still have work cut out in order to make the big dance.