Leave the Loss in Chestnut Hill

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All right, Hokies, climb down off the ledge. We tried to warn you
this was going to be a tough one. We hinted around that BC was a rough matchup,
it was a road game, etc., etc. Am I disappointed? Yep. Does this game mean
anything beyond the 40 bad minutes that comprised it? Nope.

This one hurt, no doubt. Dropping a game to a .500 team (just 4-8 in the
league) is never fun, but sometimes you just lay an egg. A dinosaur egg.

The Hokies got whacked right out of the gate, falling behind 15-2. They
closed it to 22-19, then fell behind 35-20, and after that, it just got uglier.
The final was 80-60, and it didn’t feel that close.

Jeff Allen played just 14 minutes before fouling out, and boy, did the Hokies
miss him — he scored 10 points, so what could he have done if he’d played 35
minutes? We’ll never know.

Malcolm Delaney was at times listless, at times overeager, and all the time
not good. He got his 21 points, but one particular sequence stands out: Delaney
clanked a shot from the top of the key, then got beat down the floor for a
layup. Ouch. MD’s a scrapper, but not tonight.

I could say more, but honestly, I fast forwarded through most of the second
half. Thank God for DVR’s; I was running a 20-minute delay and just zipped
through most of the ugliness.

The Hokies lost two games in a row for the first time this season, and yes,
that makes your gut tighten up a little bit. We have watched this group of
players get so close to the NCAA tournament two years in a row, only to miss it,
and it activates a familiar fear in us that they’ll miss it again.

Rest. Breathe deep. One game at a time. Here’s a little history that might
make you feel better, and these are just off the top of my head:

February 3, 2007: Ranked #16 in the nation, the 16-6 Hokies, coming off a
painful, unexpected loss to NC State, venture to Boston. BC destroys the
Hokies,80-59, in a game much like this one. BC jumped on Tech early and
embarrassed the Hokies throughout.

What happened next? The Hokies won four out of five games, including a road
win at #4 UNC in overtime. The same team that laid down for BC showed amazing
grit and tenacity in Chapel Hill.

The run included a 79-62 pasting
of BC in Cassell in the game that featured the YouTube-legend, Deron Washington