STILLWATER, Okla. — A rare nonconference rematch between Virginia Tech and Oklahoma State didn’t end up all that different than the first meeting.
Dorian Finney-Smith grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Virginia Tech to a 47-24 advantage on the glass, with 18 offensive rebounds leading to 24 second-chance points. The Hokies had an 11-rebound advantage in their 59-57 win against Oklahoma State the day after Thanksgiving at the NIT Season Tip-Off.
“That was a big emphasis coming into the game. We know in New York we kind of beat them up on the glass a little bit, so we knew we could get after the glass,” Hudson said.
“I feel like we did a real good job of just getting after them on the glass and trying to get second-chance opportunities.”
Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford said he had tried to hammer into his players that they had to compete on the glass to come out ahead this time, but to no avail.
“I thought we would learn from our last game against those guys and they were just allowed to play very physical,” Ford said.
Victor Davila hit two free throws with 1:30 remaining to put the Hokies (11-3) back ahead after Oklahoma State had rallied with 10 straight points to tie it at 61. LeBryan Nash missed a potential go-ahead 3-pointer at the other end for the Cowboys (7-6), and Keiton Page missed three more 3-pointers down the stretch.
“That win defined hopefully who we are right now and who we potentially could become in terms of being a group of guys that really trust each other and are happy for each other,” Hokies coach Seth Greenberg said.
“I’m really proud of it and now we’ve got to get ready for league play and hopefully just continue to get better.”
It was the first time in 22 seasons that Oklahoma State played a nonconference opponent twice in the regular season, and the first time in 19 seasons the Hokies did it.
Page scored 21 points and Brian Williams added a career-high 14 to lead Oklahoma State, which lost starters Jean-Paul Olukemi and Markel Brown to injuries during the game. They were already two men down after Fred Gulley and Reger Dowell — the only two experienced point guards — left the program in the past two weeks.
“I’m proud of our team. I am,” Ford said. “We’re shorthanded now. A lot of people want to be negative and wallow in negativity because that’s the easy thing to do. It’s typical. … People look for the negative.
“Nobody wants to win more than we do and nobody wants to win more than those guys. That’s as upset as I’ve seen them.”View Entire Story
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