Virginia Tech blew an 11-point second half lead to UNC Greensboro and lost 55-52 in Cassell Coliseum on Saturday afternoon. The Hokies are now 7-5, while the Spartans improved to 7-7 on the season.
UNC-Greensboro picked up just their second win in school history against an ACC program, and their first win ever against Virginia Tech.
The Hokies were sloppy from the very beginning, but still managed to hold a 43-32 lead with 10:06 left in the game. However, they couldn’t make it stand up down the stretch thanks to a few different factors.
1: Shooting. Tech shot just 36% from the field, 20% from three-point range, and 56.5% from the free throw line.
2: Defense. Though Tech held UNCG to just 55 points, they had just one steal in the game, and the Spartan offense operated efficiency down the stretch.
3: Turnovers. The Hokies had 15 turnovers, many of them unforced.
4: Softness. Tech was outrebounded 30-28 by a team that featured a 6-5 “center”.
Jarell Eddie had a rough night, scoring just four points and going 1-of-12 from the field. Marshall Wood paced Tech with 14 points, while Ben Emelogu and Joey van Zegeren each had 11 points.
Arizona State transfer Kyle Cain put up 18 points on 8-of-14 shooting for UNC Greensboro. He also had 10 rebounds. 6-5 post player Kayel Locke added 15 points for the Spartans.
What was a decent start to the season has rapidly gone downhill for Virginia Tech. After taking 13 days off following the win at Miami, the Hokies were smoked by 30 by VCU, and now have lost at home to a UNC Greensboro team that was blown out by Presbyterian at home.
The Hokies return to action on Tuesday, December 31 when they host Maryland-Eastern Shore, who is coached by former Tech head coach Frankie Allen. Tipoff is scheduled for 4pm, and the game can be seen online on ESPN3.