Poor Shooting Dooms Hokies in 58-56 Loss to Boston College

Erick Green missed a potential game winning three-pointer with less than two seconds to go, capping off a terrible shooting day, as the Hokies fell at Boston College 58-56 on Saturday afternoon. The loss denied Tech an opportunity for a top 50 RPI win and pushed them back into a pack of 5-4 teams in the ACC.

Green's three-pointer was the end result of a frantic last 25 seconds for the Hokies. Trailing by two, Malcolm Delaney was fouled with 24 seconds remaining, sending him to the free throw line with an opportunity to tie the game. However, Delaney missed the front end of the 1-and-1, but Jeff Allen got the offensive rebound and found Delaney for a layup that was blocked by Joe Trapani. Terrell Bell then got another offensive rebound for the Hokies, who then reset and found a wide open Green on the left wing with three seconds remaining. His three-pointer clanked off the back rim and Bell was called for a questionable over the back foul, sealing the victory for Boston College.

The fact that the Hokies were in the contest in the at the end was simply amazing and 100 percent because of Allen. The senior forward continued his torrid pace, recording a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds in the FIRST HALF. The rest of the team had 11 points total in the first 20 minutes. The Hokies did face a 22-12 deficit before finishing the first half on a 12-5 run to get within three.

The only bright spot for the Hokies was the performance of Allen. The senior forward recorded his fourth consecutive double-double with 25 points and 19 rebounds. There was little wrong with Allen's game as he shot 10-of-19 from the field, 5-of-5 from the charity stripe, forced three steals, and added two assists and a block. Allen's 19 boards set a school record for rebounds in an ACC game.

Green's miss ended an awful day for the sophomore, as he went 0-for-8 from the field, hitting just 1-of-3 free throws finishing with one point. Manny Atkins was 0-for-6 for Tech, who shot 34.5 percent from the field. After a cold start, Delaney finished with 19 points on just 6-of-17 shooting. Aside from Allen's 10-of-19 performance, the rest of the Tech team went 10-of-39 (25.6 percent), including 3-of-14 from three.

The Hokies once again controlled the boards, outrebounding BC 40-32 and committed just six turnovers for the second consecutive game.

Tech now gets a whole week off before returning to action next Sunday the 13th against Georgia Tech. Tip-off from Cassell Coliseum is set for 1 p.m.

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Delaney has missed more clutch free throws over his career then I care to remember.