Maryland turned a close first half into a rout, using a big second half run to crush the Hokies 80-60 in Cassell Coliseum on Saturday afternoon. Tech dropped to 8-13 overall and 1-8 in the ACC. The Terps improved to 13-9 and 5-4. It was only their second road win of the season. Incoming athletic director Whit Babcock attended the game.
Ben Emelogu, finally appearing to be healthy, paced the Hokies with 21 points. He was 7-of-12 from the field, 3-of-6 from three-point range and made all four free throws. Unfortunately, no other Tech player could manage double figures…
Joey van Zegeren: 8 points, 5 rebounds
Trevor Thompson: 7 points, 4 rebounds
Will Johnston: 7 points
Devin Wilson: 6 points, 4 assists
The Hokies shot just 37% from the field, while the Terps shot 51.8%. Maryland was 53.3% from three-point range.
Tech trailed just 37-35 following a Will Johnston three-pointer late in the first half, but the Terps followed up with a pair of three-pointers of their own in the final 46 seconds of the half. That gave Maryland a 43-35 lead at halftime. The Terps then used a 10-0 run early in the second half to give themselves a 57-40 lead, and they went on to lead by as many as 25 points before the Hokies scored the final five points of the game.
Virginia Tech returns to action on Wednesday, February 5 at Florida State. Tipoff is scheduled for 9pm, and the game will be televised by RSN. Check your local listings.