For my Post-Game thoughts immediately following the game, click here.
In my Half-Time notes, I spoke on Doug Gottlieb's alarming comments regarding the Pirates in Cancun:
-The most alarming moment of the first half might have been Doug Gottlieb's comments regarding the Pirates in Cancun. Paraphrasing here, but he stated, "it's nice we've been seeing the Pirates together out here as a team, but they've been spending a lot of time on the beach and in the pool. When we talked to Virginia Tech (coach-or-player) last night, he stated that they've hardly seen the sunlight." Alarming. To say the least.
The team's poor preparation was evident in how they started the game, falling into a 24-10 hole playing lifeless, uninspired basketball. People need to be held responsible. The blame ultimately falls on Gonzo's shoulders as he must have his team focused and ready to play. They are grown men, Gonzalez can't be required to play the role of babysitter, however, if players are out enjoying the sun in Cancun, spending time at the beaches and poolside instead of preparing for the game, the blame undoubtedly falls on the head coach.
Although, there was a lack of media presence in Cancun (too expensive of a trip for the writers) follow the jump for various recaps of last night's action:
The AP blurb, courtesy of ESPN:
The Hokies (12-1), who won their ninth straight game, led by as many as 14 points in the first half and had an 80-75 lead with 36 seconds left in regulation.
Robert Mitchell hit a 3-pointer and Eugene Harvey made a layup with 15 seconds left, then Hudson missed a layup to force overtime.After Virginia Tech built a five-point lead in overtime, the Pirates (9-4) pulled within two points twice, the last time at 92-90. The Hokies sealed the win with an 11-2 run.
SHU Athletics recaps another furious comeback by the Pirates at the end of regulation:
The Hokies' lead again grew to a seemingly insurmountable five points at 80-75 with only 36 seconds left, but Robert Mitchell again hit a clutch three-pointer with 27 seconds remaining. Then, Virginia Tech's Erick Green missed two crucial free throws with 18 seconds left. Harvey grabbed the rebound on the second miss and went end-to-end to tie the game at 80 with only 15 seconds to go. Virginia Tech couldn't get a good shot off and the game went into overtime.
Dorenzo Hudson apparently didn't suffer from a lack of focus last night as he was good for a career high, 41 points, the most of any Hokie since 1990, reports Hokie Sports:
’s 41 points is the most by a Hokie since Bimbo Coles scored 42 points in 1990. The Hokies played the contest without the ACC’s leading scorer, Malcolm Delaney, who missed the game after spraining his left ankle in the Hokies’ win over Longwood on Wednesday. Hudson
Tech Sideline looks at the final plays Virginia Tech utilized to seal the victory. It was the second time in two games Seton Hall gave up the touchdown in-bounds pass to seal their fate:
However, Seton Hall did not go away. They cut the lead to 89-87 with 1:18 left, and then Manny Atkins came up with two big plays. The first was a three-pointer from the left wing that put Tech up 92-87 with 1:01 remaining. After the Pirates answered with a three-pointer of their own, Atkins beat the Seton Hall defense up the court for a breakaway dunk that gave the Hokies a 94-90 lead with 44 seconds showing on the clock.
Seton Hall missed their next two field goals, and Tech took advantage.
Seton Hall is next in action Wednesday night at 9PM taking on the UConn Huskies in Storrs, CT. It will be the Storrs home opener for the Huskies after they defeated Notre Dame Saturday in Hartford, CT. The road doesn't get any easier for a Pirates team which has already found itself in a big hole with their backs against the wall.