Who saw this one coming? I
sure didn’t. Virginia Tech went to Cancun, played their toughest opponent of
the season with Malcolm Delaney on the bench with an injury, and pulled off one
of the top wins of the Seth Greenberg era. Dorenzo Hudson torched Seton Hall for
41 points, which Hudson estimates is his lifetime high, and the Hokies downed
the Hall 103-94 in overtime to go to 12-1 on the season.
A long time ago — just a few weeks back, chronologically, but a much longer
time perceptually — I told someone that I felt the Hokies could be as bad as
13-17 in the regular season this year. As I have confessed in previous articles,
I was really down on the Hokies at one point.
I could still be right about that record, but only because it’s not
mathematically impossible. It is, however, highly unlikely the Hokies are
going to 1-16 the rest of the way, so I think we’re on safe ground here.
That little bit of soul-baring out of the way, let’s get to the topic of this
game. I’m usually able to express myself fairly well with the written word, but
all I find coming to mind in trying to describe this win is one word: WOW. How
do you lose a guy like Delaney, the ACC’s leading scorer, and defeat a very good
Big East team like Seton Hall?
How, indeed? I can cook that recipe up, but it’s difficult, and it requires
one main ingredient: a “game of his life” performance from one of your
Enter Dorenzo Hudson, who dropped 41 points on the Hall, including an amazing
20-of-21 performance from the free throw line. It’s not as if Hudson made any
number of jaw-dropping plays; he merely took what was given, cashed in his
opportunities, and worked his way to a career high almost effortlessly. When
your top guy is out, the shots are going to be there for others, and Hudson
stepped up. He even got a gift from the hoops gods, when he banked in a
three-pointer from the top of the key early on.
In a win like this, there is always that one guy that puts in the marquee
performance, but there are other players that step up, as well. Hudson was
supported by 23 points and 12 rebounds from Jeff Allen, but he also got a nearly
endless number of clutch plays from the rank and file.
Freshman point guard Erick Green had just three turnovers in 32 minutes and
hit a big three-pointer late
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