Virginia Tech lost to #6 Duke 66-48 in Cameron Indoor Stadium on Tuesday night. The Hokies dropped to 9-18 overall and 2-13 in the ACC, while the Blue Devils are now 23-6 and 12-4.
Tech got off to an awful start. They couldn’t handle Duke’s pressure defense early in the game, and that allowed the Blue Devils to jump out to a 24-4 lead just 10 minutes into the game. The spread was 20.5 points, and it looked like Duke was going to cover easily.
Once the shock of playing in Cameron against an athletic Duke team wore off, the Hokies played better. They managed to cut the lead to 32-20 at halftime, and were within seven points following a Jarell Eddie layup to make the score 34-27 with 17:59 remaining in the game.
However, Duke’s superior talent and experience kept the Hokies at arms length for the rest of the game. The Blue Devils managed to get the lead back up to 20 points before a final layup by Trevor Thompson created the final 18 point margin. Thompson scored the last six points of the game for the Hokies to finish with 15 points. He also had six rebounds.
Thompson was the only Hokie in double figures. Jarell Eddie added nine points and seven rebounds, while Joey van Zegeren finished with eight points and eight boards. C.J. Barksdale came off the bench to score nine consecutive points in the first half, but he was held scoreless for the remainder of the game.
Tech returns to action this Saturday when they host North Carolina at 2:30pm on The ACC Network. It will be Senior Day for Cadarian Raines and Jarell Eddie.