Virginia Tech lost a close game to #19 North Carolina on Saturday, falling 60-56 in Cassell Coliseum. The Hokies dropped to 9-19 overall and 2-14 in the ACC, while the Tar Heels improved to 22-7 overall and 12-4 in league play.
Tech had the ball down 58-54 with 20 seconds left. James Johnson called a timeout, and the ball was inbounded to Jarell Eddie in front of the Tech bench. Eddie put up a three-pointer from at least 25 feet away from the basket immediately after catching the pass. It wasn’t a good shot attempt at all, and North Carolina rebounded and went on to win the game 60-56.
On the whole, Eddie had a very good Senior Day. He scored 18 points and grabbled seven rebounds while going 6-of-13 from the field. Unfortunatley, that bad decision in the final 20 seconds tainted what was an otherwise good performance. Fellow senior Cadarian Raines was unable to play because of a high ankle sprain. Freshman guard Ben Emelogo and sophomore guard Adam Smith also missed the game with injuries.
North Carolina is a poor outside shooting team, and went just 5-of-17 from three-point range against the Hokies. However, they did attack Tech’s 2-3 zone with good ball movement and spacing. They got easy looks off defensive lapses by Joey van Zegeren on their first two possessions, and van Zegeren was immediately pulled and played just 19 minutes. He scored just two points and had no rebounds, and didn’t appear to be as mentally into the game as he has been recently.
Tech did hold a 16-11 lead in the first half, but the Tar Heels went on a run to take a 28-21 lead into the intermission. Tech battled back to tie the game once in the second half, though UNC managed to stay in control. James Michael McAdoo dropped in 15 points to lead the Tar Heel attack.
Freshman point guard Devin Wilson added 13 points and seven assists for Virginia Tech, though he was only 3-of-13 from the field.
The Hokies return to action on Tuesday night when they take on Maryland in College Park. Tipoff is scheduled for 8pm, and the game will be televised by The ACC Network.