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CHARLOTTESVILLE -- Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan has vivid memories of the first time one of his teams won a basketball game when it shot under 30 percent from the field. He never thought it would happen a second time. "This sets a record," Ryan said Wednesday night after a 48-38 victory at Virginia in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Eighth-ranked Wisconsin (9-0) shot 28.8 percent from the field, including 25.9 percent in the second half, when the Badgers were able to stretch a five-point halftime lead to 37-23 at one point. Ryan was at Wisconsin-Platteville when it shot 29 percent and won a game, "but the reason we won was, we fouled out three players from Stevens Point," he said. "I said, 'Boy, we'll never be involved in a game like that again.' Shoot under 30 percent and win? Well, I was wrong." The Badgers performed the feat Wednesday because they were able to hold Virginia (7-1) to 23.4 percent shooting from the field, the fourth-lowest total in program history. In a matchup of former Dick Bennett assistants, blood relations lost out. So did Bennett's defense-first philosophy. "There might have been more air balls shot in this game than almost any game," said Bennett's son, Tony, who is in his fifth season as Virginia coach. "It came out as, who could outlast the other team." Ryan was on a Dick Bennett staff at Wisconsin that included Tony Bennett and said he also uses many of the principles he learned at a Bobby Knight clinic in 1972. Wisconsin and Virginia also played in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge last year, when the Cavaliers won 60-54 in Madison, Wis. Josh Gasser, a 6-foot-3 junior, missed the 2012-13 season while recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament but he was a force Wednesday night against UVa scoring leader Joe Harris, a 6-6 senior. Harris had been virtually unstoppable of late, hitting 11 of 12 3-point shots over a three-game span before Wednesday, but he was 1-for-10 from the field against the Badgers, including 0-for-4 on 3-pointers. "He was a bit out of sorts, largely due to their defense," Bennett said, "but I think he would agree that he was not where he needed to be." He wasn't alone. The Cavaliers did not have a single double-figure scorer on a night when they scored one point during an 11-minute, eight-second span that stretched from late in the first half until midway through the second half. Twice, Virginia missed 11 straight shots from the field. After making 36 of 70 3-point attempts over their previous four games, the Cavaliers were 1-for-11 from behind the arc Wednesday. No starter had more than two field goals, with Mike Tobey taking team honors with three.
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BLACKSBURG — Even his bank knows him as “Chugger.” Charles “Chugger” Adair is the coach of the Virginia Tech women’s soccer team, which will play in the NCAA semifinals Friday for the first time in its history. His mother gave him the nickname “Chugger” when he was a toddler. It has stayed with him, first as a player and now as a coach. “If I was in the real world, it probably wouldn’t work,” Adair said.
FLOYD - Caleb Tanner scored 59 points - and hit all 33 of his free-throw attempts - to lead Floyd County to a 103-90 boys basketball victory over Christiansburg in overtime on Wednesday. The 33 free throws breaks the state record for most free throws made in a game, according to the VHSL record book. Giles' Marcus Haynie previously held the record with 24 makes in a game played on
Virginia Tech senior Victoria Hamsher has been named to the All-ACC first team, while Virginia's Jasmine Burton was chosen as freshman of the year. UVa's Lauren Fuller made the second team. Burton was joined on the third team by Tech's Kathryn Caine and UVa's Tori Janowski. Burton was joined on the all-freshman team by UVa's Haley Kole and Tech's Lindsey Owens.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Virginia Tech's Uju Ugoka had a career-high 32 points and 11 rebounds, but Indiana fended off the Hokies 71-65 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Ugoka scored 26 of her 32 in the second half. Virginia Tech (6-2) trailed by as much as 19 in the second half, but 13 straight points by Ugoka closed the gap. The Hokies pulled to 63-60 on a 3-point play by Ugoka
The company that is assisting in the search for a successor to Virginia Tech athletic director Jim Weaver is headed by a name that is familiar on the ACC and Virginia sports scene. Virginia Tech has turned to Todd Turner, president and founder of Collegiate Sports Associates, which has aided in AD searches at Clemson, Florida State and the University of Richmond. Weaver announced Nov. 12 that he was stepping
CHARLOTTESVILLE — Joe Harris walked through the postgame handshake line with his hands on his hips, slowly making his way toward the Wisconsin players. The Badgers had been waiting for him all night, hadn’t they? To contest his shots. To cut off his drives through the lane. To pester him, vex him, get him out of his game. It worked this time. And for Virginia to have the kind of
RADFORD -- The Radford men's basketball team must love seeing the Central Penn Knights show up at the Dedmon Center doorsteps. Hey, everybody loves throwing down a Christmas-time cupcake, don't they? For the third straight year, Central Penn rolled into town and provided to be a tasty holiday treat for the hosts Wednesday night. This time, the Highlanders devoured the undersized and overmatched visitors to the tune of a 111-72
DANVILLE — Christian Kirchman scored 26 points as Patrick Henry beat George Washington 73-49 on Tuesday in the boys basketball season opener for both teams. Kendrick Tucker poured in 15 points, Trey Terry added 12 and Tyler Pollard dropped in 10 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for PH. PATRICK HENRY (1-0) Kirchman 26, Tucker 15, Terry 12, Esworthy 9, Pollard 10, Ogden 1. GEORGE WASHINGTON (0-1) Rogers 18, Hairston
A tight game can be won or lost in the closing moments. A game with a 25-point final margin is decided much earlier. William Byrd (1-0) dominated Cave Spring in the second quarter, outscoring the host Knights 25-8 en route to a 71-46 victory in the season opener for both squads. The second half was played nearly even, but Byrd’s lead was insurmountable at that point. William Byrd coach Kevin
Salem’s girls basketball team dressed out seven players Tuesday night because the Spartans demoted four sophomores in order to field a JV program. One young Spartan who probably will never see the JV level is Hannah Coulling. The freshman guard made her highly anticipated varsity debut as she scored a game-high 18 points to lead visiting Salem to a 46-35 season-opening victory over Northside. The 5-foot-8 Coulling scored 14 points
BLACKSBURG — The Virginia Tech men’s basketball team was not deemed worthy of playing in this week’s Big Ten-ACC Challenge, but the Hokies did get a Big South challenge Tuesday. Jarell Eddie made sure the short-handed Hokies prevailed. Eddie scored a career-high 34 points to help Virginia Tech fend off Big South member Winthrop 81-63 at Cassell Coliseum. “After I made one, I kind of got in a zone,” said
RADFORD — Last year, the Radford University volleyball team was a .500 squad with an injured star and poor chemistry. This year, the Highlanders have made the NCAA tournament. After sweeping the Big South regular-season and tournament crowns, Radford will make its first NCAA tournament appearance in 13 years when it visits Minnesota on Friday. “We have something to prove,” said Radford freshman Jordan Watson, an Auburn High School graduate.
Virginia Tech cornerback Kendall Fuller played at a level well beyond his years this season. The ACC’s media recognized that Tuesday. Fuller was honored by the media as the ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year, beating out Duke safety DeVon Edwards and fellow Hokies cornerback Brandon Facyson. The true freshman from Baltimore, Tech’s first five-star recruit since Tyrod Taylor in 2007, started 11 games and played a variety of roles
BLACKSBURG — With league title games yet to be played, BCS fallout to follow and the usual backroom politicking that goes on with bowl selections, Virginia Tech’s postseason destination won’t be known for sure until Sunday. Nevertheless, the consensus is that it’s likely Tech ends up in the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas, if nothing crazy happens this weekend. “Right now, I think Virginia Tech is pointing our way
Virginia might not have had a conference victory this year, but it still had the state’s only first-team representative on the media’s All-ACC teams released Monday. UVa junior Anthony Harris was the league’s top pick at safety after a recording a nation’s-best eight interceptions this year, tied for second on the Cavaliers’ single-season list. Harris also finished fifth in the ACC in passes defended per game (1.2) and 24th in
WOMEN'S SOCCER Virginia Tech will play in the first game of the NCAA semifinals Friday, with Virginia playing in the nightcap. The Hokies will face Florida State at 5 p.m. Friday in Cary, N.C. UVa will face UCLA at 7:30 p.m. Both games are on ESPNU. Conway honored Radford senior midfielder Rachel Conway has been named to the Academic All-America first team. Conway has a 4.0 GPA. She had four
Miranda Crockett’s 22 points paced Franklin County to a 70-46 season-opening win over host Hidden Valley in girls basketball on Monday. Zarkia Mattox added 16 points for Franklin County. Senia Garay led Hidden Valley with 11 points. FRANKLIN COUNTY (1-0) McHeimer 2, Crockett 22, Mattox 16, Dudley 5, Holland 4, Mitchell 2, Saunders 4, Dillard 2, E.Brooks 5, Greenway 8. HIDDEN VALLEY (0-1) Singleton 9, Freeland 9, Garay 11, Schmelling
Jeremy Williams was ready to open the 2013-14 high school basketball season with a bang. The Glenvar junior made a steal early in Monday night’s game against James River and planned to throw down a slam dunk on the Highlanders’ first field goal attempt of the year. So what happened? Let Williams explain. “I had dunking on my mind but my legs, they weren’t thinking the same thing,” he said.
ASHBURN — The Redskins season continued to slip away Sunday night with a 24-17 loss to the Giants, but don’t expect the focus to shift to next year just yet. Coach Mike Shanahan said the No. 1 goal at Redskins Park remains getting a win. He said there will be constant evaluation of young players in practice, and efforts made to build for the future, but they won’t take place
BLACKSBURG — Cadarian Raines has plummeted from starter to third string. The fifth-year senior center started 30 games for the Virginia Tech men’s basketball team last year and started the first seven games this season. But since being pulled from the game just 3:20 into last week’s win over Furman, Raines has yet to get off the bench. Not only did he not start in last Friday’s lopsided win over
VMI football coach Sparky Woods spent the weekend in Auburn, Ala., where he watched his son’s Auburn Tigers pull off what many have called the game’s greatest finish ever in stunning two-time defending national champion Alabama 34-28 on Saturday. “It was unbelievable, wasn’t it?” said Woods, referring to Chris Davis’ 109-yard return of a missed field-goal attempt for a touchdown that beat the Crimson Tide on the game’s final play.
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