Virginia Tech 73, St. Bonaventure 64
Erick Green scored the majority of the points for the Virginia
Tech basketball team, but Victor Davila scored most of the
attention following the game.
Green scored 19 points to lead Virginia Tech past cold-shooting
St. Bonaventure 73-64 on Sunday night.
Virginia Tech center Victor Davila added 13 points for the
Hokies, but it was his strong defense on St. Bonaventure center
Andrew Nicholson that was invaluable to the Hokies in their win
over the Bonnies.
”I didn’t want him to get tight touches (close to the
basket),” Davila said. ”I just tried to get in front of him and
get some backside help. I wasn’t going to let him get close to the
Nicholson came in averaging 19 points per game, but was held to
just nine in this contest.
”I thought (Davila) did a terrific job of defending the post
early,” Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg said. ”I thought we
gave him good help. I thought we had a good defensive game plan
”We’ve challenged Victor before. We need this from him each and
every night,” Greenberg continued. ”The challenge for Victor is
real simple – consistency. We need Victor that engaged each and
every night. He was awfully good defensively. I thought he worked
hard and defended the post early, which was key against a kid like
The Hokies (5-1) led for the entire game. Virginia Tech opened a
40-30 lead in the second half on Cadarian Raines’ dunk, but the
Bonnies (2-2) cut that lead to three on a 3-pointer by Michael
Davenport with 7:31 left.
The Hokies responded with two free throws from Green and, after
a St. Bonaventure turnover, Virginia Tech’s Jarell Eddie hit a
3-pointer to make it 53-45 with 6:48 remaining. St. Bonaventure got
no closer than five the rest of the way.
Virginia Tech’s defense held St. Bonaventure to just 38.1
percent shooting from the floor (24 of 63).
Davila scored in double figures for just the second time this
season, hitting 5 of 8 from the floor, and the career 49.0 percent
free-throw shooter made all three of his free-throw attempts. But
the 6-foot-8 senior’s defense stood out.
Playing in front of pro scouts from four different NBA teams,
the 6-9, 240-pound Nicholson finished just 4 of 14 from the floor.
He also turned the ball over four times in 36 minutes.
”Andrew struggled, and that hurt us,” St. Bonaventure coach
Mark Schmidt said. ”They were doubling him, and we didn’t do a
great job of kicking the ball out and making shots. When you don’t
make the shots, it becomes more of a double-team. We’ve got to get
better movement when the ball goes inside, and we’ve got to knock
down some shots.”
Eddie and Dorian Finney-Smith added 11 points each for the
Hokies, who shot 48.9 percent from the floor (23 of 47) and 80
percent from the free-throw line (20 of 25). Also, Virginia Tech
did not turn the ball over in the second half.
Demitrius Conger paced St. Bonaventure with 23.