UVA closed the first half on a 21-6 run and defeated Virginia Tech 65-45 in Charlottesville on Saturday afternoon. The Hoos improved to 15-5 overall and 6-1 in the ACC, while the Hokies dropped to 8-11 and 1-6 in conference play.
Freshman point guard Devin Wilson once again led the Hokies with 12 points. He was just 2-of-8 from the field, but he managed to get to the basket and draw fouls, and he was 8-of-11 from the free throw line. Wilson had just one assist, as Tech didn’t get many good looks at the basket. When they did get a good look, they usually missed.
The Hokies were just 14-of-42 (33.3%) from the field and 3-of-18 (16.7%) from the three-point line. Wilson was the only Tech player to reach double figures in scoring. Joey van Zegeren, Jarell Eddie and C.J. Barksdale had seven points apiece, while Ben Emelogu added six points. Eddie’s shooting struggles continued, as the senior forward went just 2-of-10 from the field and 1-of-7 from three-point range.
Emelogu made his return for the Hokies after missing the last two games with an ankle injury, though he was far from 100%. Adam Smith remained out with his calf injury. Malcolm Brogdon had 18 points for UVA, while Joe Harris added 12.
The Hokies have now lost six games in a row and eight of their last nine. Their lone win in that span came against Maryland Eastern Shore.
Tech returns to action on Wednesday when they travel to Boston College to take on an Eagle squad that won 62-59 in Cassell Coliseum on January 11. Tipoff is scheduled for 7pm, and the game will be televised by RSN.