Blacksburg, VA — Terrell Bell played the game of his career Tuesday night as the senior from Stone Mountain, Ga., helped lead the Virginia Tech Hokies (7-4, 17-7) to a hard-fought, ugly ACC win over the Maryland Terrapins, 91-83.
Bell was an incredible 5/5 from behind the arc and his 16 points set a personal best in ACC games and was one off of his career high of 17 against campbell earlier this season. Bell also had three steals, three assists and a huge block.
For the second straight game, all five Hokie starters scored in double figures. The last two games are the only two times this season that all five starters have registered at least 10 points. Sophomore Erick Green played another stellar game with 20 points on 7/15 shooting. He hit a pair of huge three pointers late in the second half to push the Hokies’ lead to six points.
Meanwhile, senior Malcolm Delaney led the Hokies with 22 points, but 14 of those came from the free throw line where he was perfect. Delaney was just 3/14 from the field, but was able to force enough fouls to make the terps pay.
Senior forward Jeff Allen notched his sixth straight double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds, all despite playing in foul trouble for much of the game. Allen now has 13 double-doubles this season and 42 for his career.
The Big Donut picked up his second personal foul less than 10 minutes into the game and his third foul three minutes into the second half, but unlike the past, he continued to be aggressive when he needed to be and was key to the Hokies’ second-half run.
Junior Victor Davila played one of the best game of his career. He had 14 points, four rebounds and three assists, despite being in foul trouble. His baby hook shot was on tonight and the junior was 7/9 from the field.
Tech got off to another hot start, taking an 20-10 lead. But, foul trouble to Allen and Davila forced the Hokies’ big men to pick and choose their battles more carefully and Maryland (5-6, 16-10) took advantage inside with a 17-5 run to take its first lead of the game with 8:23 to play.
From there, it was a back-and-forth battle featuring three lead changes and two ties before the terps took a 44-41 lead into the break. The 44 points were the most the Hokies have allowed in a half this season, but Tech outscored the Terps 50-39 in the second half.
The most lopsided stat in the box score is the points off the bench. The Terps got 38 from their bench while the Hokies managed just three – a pair of free throws from Tyrone Garland and one from Jarell Eddie. The two freshmen were a combined 0/5 from the field.
Maryland’s largest lead of the game, five points, came in the opening seconds of the second half and the Terps held a lead for eight minutes. The Hokies kept it close and back-to-back Jeff Allen buckets tied the game 61. Bell gave Tech the lead back with one of his five three-pointers and the Hokies were back in front 64-61.
Maryland briefly retook the lead, but the Hokies and the raucaus, albeit it sparse Cassell Crowd held off late rally attempts to secure a key win.
The Hokies did an admirable job of containing Maryland’s big man, Jordan Williams. Tech’s defense held him to just 16 points and nine rebounds. Coming into the game, he was averaging a double-double with 17 and 11. The Terps got a big game from Terrell Stoglin, who led all scorers with 25 points.
The win gives the Hokies command of fourth place in the ACC. Tech is back on the road for a Saturday triple revenge match in Charlottesville where the Hokies hope to avenge their early season home loss to the Virginia Cavaliers.