Friday, February 5, 2010

Friday dribble: Tech fails to finish off Wake - again

Another weekend, another snowstorm. And this one is a real doozy, so be prepared for 11th-hour postponements as you study your Saturday and Sunday schedule. The storm has already claimed one victim - Saturday's scheduled Gardner-Webb-Radford game has been postponed until Wednesday.

Friday's game

Wake Forest 58, Virginia Tech 51: On Jan. 7 in Winston-Salem, the Hokies played well most of the way and led Wake Forest by seven with just over three minutes left before the Demon Deacons took off on an 11-1 run and stole a 66-63 victory. On Friday in Blacksburg, the Hokies (10-12, 2-6 ACC) played well most of the way and led Wake Forest by 11 with less than eight minutes left before the Demon Deacons took off on an 18-0 run and stole a 58-51 victory. Ever see the movie "Groundhog Day?" The lone bright spot - starting point guard Nikki Davis played 17 minutes in her first action since straining her left knee on Jan. 26.

Saturday's games

Hampton (10-10, 6-3 MEAC) at South Carolina State (6-14, 1-7), 2 p.m.
Conference road games can trip you up, but the Bulldogs are giving up 68 ppg and have lost five of the last six in this series. Hampton is seeking its fifth straight win behind Quanneisha Perry (why the extra "n"?). The reining MEAC Player of the Week, Perry has averaged 16.4 ppg and 13.5 rpg in the last four games. If you're headed to Orangeburg, be safe in all the rain and pack some pink as Saturday's game is a Pink-out for breast cancer. Hampton 78, South Carolina State 61

Maryland Eastern-Shore (7-11, 4-4 MEAC) at Norfolk State (3-14. 0-8 MEAC), noon
They moved this game up four hours due to inclement weather, though we're not exactly sure how much that will help anybody. Both teams are skidding; NSU has dropped its last three; the Lady Hawks have lost three of their last four. While there's not much interesting to say about this game, here's a fun stat developed by NBA statistics guru Harvey Pollack. What he dubbed the "working man's stat" is when a player records at least one of every statistical category in the box score, something UMES junior Casey Morton did in the season opener. Her line : Morton was as: 2-of-10 from the field; 1-of-7 from three-point land; 7-of-10 at the line; had one offensive rebound; three defensive rebounds; 12 points; one assist; one block; three steals.Teammate April McBride joined the club against American on Jan. 4. She was: 4-of-11 from the field; 3-of-4 from 3-point land; 3-of-4 from the line; one offensive rebound; six defensive rebounds; 14 points; two assists; two blocks; four steals. What's it all mean? Given the Hawks went 1-1 in those games, probably nothing. Maryland Eastern Shore 65, Norfolk State 55

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