Second halves haven't been kind to the Hokies this season. That trend continued Saturday when they nearly blew a nine-point halftime lead in their 63-62 win over Boston College in Blacksburg.
BC led by three with 29 seconds left before two Malcolm Delaney free throws and a Dorenzo Hudson putback gave Tech a one-point victory. The win brings the Hokies to .500 in conference play with a pair of road trips to Charlottesville and Coral Gables coming this week.
While Tech's late game struggles and offensive struggles in general of late are troublesome, there are two big positives that came out of this one.
First, Tech did win the game. It continues their trend this season of winning the close ones after the last couple years when the Hokies usually came out on the wrong end of tight games.
Second, Dorenzo Hudson is emerging as the Hokies' No. 2 scoring threat. He led the team with 18 points. Terrell Bell is also looking like he's turned the corner and I think he'll be one of Tech's better players down the stretch. Tech needs Hudson and Bell to be consistent with their scoring output since we don't know from game to game what kind of effort we're going to get from Jeff Allen.
It was an ugly win, but those are usually the kind of wins Tech gets.