On Wednesday night, the Virginia Tech basketball team fell 69-58 to the Syracuse Orange in Madison Square Garden.
Despite the result, Hokie fans were treated to a lot of positives from a young team. Syracuse didn't have a lead until twelve minutes remained in the second half.
The Hokies exceeded expectations for most of the game and overcame a giant size mismatch to hold Syracuse to only 69 points. The Orange's best player, Scoop Jardine, had just one bucket for two points.
On such a big stage, Coach Greenberg elected to avoid playing his freshmen as much as possible. Neither Joey Van Zegeren nor Marquis Rankin saw the floor at all, and C.J. Barksdale played only one minute in the losing effort.
Only the five starters played more than 20 minutes for Greenberg and although Cadarian Raines and Robert Brown logged some solid minutes, their impact was not too significant.
The grades for the five starters follow.