Week One Recap: Virginia Tech Off to a Fast Start

Justin CatesCorrespondent INovember 22, 2009

WINSTON-SALEM, NC - JANUARY 21:  Malcolm Delaney #23 and teammate Jeff Allen #0 of the Virginia Tech Hokies celebrate as they run to the bench against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons during their game at Lawrence Joel Coliseum on January 21, 2009 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Here's a look back at the Hokies first week of action on the hardwood and a quick look at what's in store for Tech next week.


Virginia Tech-Brown

The Hokies kicked off their season at home with a 69-55 win over the Brown Bears on Sunday night.

Tech was good at times defensively, but also had some mental lapses. They debuted their new motion offense, which is still very rough and will be a work in progress as the season goes along.

"We’re force-feeding it to them at this point. It’s a continual work in progress,” Virginia Tech head coach Seth Greenberg said recently. “It’s not easy to understand, but it gives them more freedom.”

It was a typical opener, a bit sloppy, but Tech protected the ball, only turning it over eight times.

The win is all that matters, and it was by no means a given against a lesser opponent this early in the season.

Malcolm Delaney led Tech with 21 points and four assists. Jeff Allen added 17 points and six boards as the two wing players made nice contributions.

Dorenzo Hudson had eight points, six rebounds, and six assists, while Terrell Bell chipped in eight points, seven boards, and four assists.

It was a nice, well-rounded point output from the starters and a solid opening win as Tech improved to 47-2 all-time in home openers in Cassell Coliseum.


Virginia Tech-UNC-Greensboro 

UNC-Greensboro was a more athletic team than Brown and gave the Hokies all they could handle in the first half, with the game tied at 26 at halftime.

Malcolm Delaney led Tech with 17 points and five assists, while Jeff Allen added 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Allen now has 21 games with 10 or more rebounds in his career at Tech. That’s good for second best in the ACC behind only Trevor Booker of Clemson (31).

If the Hokies keep getting good games from starting forward Terrell Bell, it could lead to plenty of success.

Bell has been filling up the stat sheet, averaging seven points and seven and a half rebounds per outing.

Tech’s best teams under Greenberg have had guys that could do a little of everything, the best example being Hokie great Jamon Gordon.

Bell’s versatility helps strengthen the Hokies, and it will be especially beneficial if he can continue to rebound effectively.


Next Up: Campbell

Next up, the Hokies head on the road for the first time this season, as they travel to play the Campbell Camels Monday night in Buies Creek, N.C.

Campbell is 3-0 on the young season, with their best win coming against 1-4 East Carolina.

Senior forward Jonathan Rodriguez has a double-double in every game so far for Campbell, averaging 15.7 ppg and 10.7 rpg.

Sophomore guard Lorne Merthie and junior forward Preston Dodson are also averaging in double-figures. Clearly the Camels are capable of scoring. 

The Camels have yet to beat Virginia Tech in two tries, but you can bet Campbell will pack as many people as they can into the 3,095 seat Gore Arena to watch their team take on an ACC opponent.

Tech should pull off a win, as it would be a nice way to ease into road play.

This game may be similar to Tech’s first two outings, close games that they ultimately win comfortably.

On a side note, Malcolm Delaney needs only 11 points on Monday to reach 1,000 for his career.