Virginia Tech fought back from a 15-point halftime deficit and cut the lead to three points, but eventually lost 70-63 at Notre Dame on Sunday evening. The Hokies are now 8-9 overall and 1-4 in the ACC. The Irish improved to 11-7 overall, and 2-3 in conference play.
Unfortunately, the Hokies’ top two shooting guards – Ben Emelogu and Adam Smith – are both banged up. Emelogu rolled his ankle in practice this week and missed Sunday’s game. He was in a walking boot on the bench. Smith is still suffering from his calf injury and could only play 15 minutes. He only took two shots and did not score. Will Johnston had to play 25 minutes at shooting guard and scored three points.
To make matters worse, Jarell Eddie had another poor game. He came off the bench because of his unproductive play of late, and he finished with only two points. He was 1-of-5 from the field in 24 minutes.
Despite those setbacks, the Hokies were able to stay in the game because both Cadarian Raines and Devin Wilson set career highs in points. Raines, who has spent most of his time in recent games on the bench and didn’t log a single minute in the two games prior to this one, played 22 minutes. He scored 20 points on 8-of-15 shooting, and he also had six rebounds.
Wilson, a freshman point guard, had 20 points, seven assists and four rebounds. He was 7-of-10 from the field and 5-of-7 from the free throw line, and had just two turnovers in 36 minutes. 18 of Wilson’s 20 points came in the second half. C.J. Barksdale added 12 points for Tech. He was 5-of-6 from the field and 2-of-3 from three-point range. Joey van Zegeren registered a career-high six blocks.
Virginia Tech returns to action on Wednesday night when they host Wake Forest. Tipoff is scheduled for 7pm, and the game will be televised by RSN. Check your local listings.