NIT ACCtion: Hokies Fall to Wichita State in Overtime

March 20, 2011

Virginia Tech falls to Wichita State in second round of NIT

BLACKSBURG – Malcolm Delaney scored a game-high 30 points, but Wichita State’s Joe Ragland hit a short shot with 2.6 seconds left in overtime to lift the Shockers to a 79-76 victory over the Hokies in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament on Sunday afternoon at Cassell Coliseum.

With the loss, the Hokies finished their season with a 22-12 record. It also marked the final game for Tech’s seniors, including the trio of Malcolm Delaney, Jeff Allen and Terrell Bell. This senior class will leave tied with the 1985-86 senior class for the most wins (87) in school history by a class.

Ragland’s shot came after the Hokies’ Bell had made a layup to tie the game at 76 with nine seconds remaining. Ragland raced up the court, and Wichita State Gregg Marshall decided against calling a timeout to set up a play. It worked as Ragland got into the lane to hit the game-winning shot.

Tech called a timeout following Ragland’s shot, but Touré Murry forced Delaney to step out of bounds with a second left, and the Hokies never had a chance to tie the game. Tech then fouled Murry with 0.9 seconds remaining, and Murry made one of two free-throw attempts before rebounding his own miss to run out the clock.

The Shockers had a chance to win in regulation. Wichita State’s J.T. Turley hit a 3-pointer with 47 seconds left in regulation that tied the game at 69. Bell then missed a 3-pointer with 22 seconds remaining, giving the Shockers one last opportunity to win the game. But Ragland’s off-balance shot at the buzzer was a little too strong.

Murry led a balanced Wichita State attack with 15 points. Graham Hatch added 14 as five Shockers finished in double figures. Delaney paced the Hokies with a game-high 30 points. It marked his ninth game of 30 points or more in his career and will go down as his postseason high.

Green added 17 points for the Hokies, while Allen had 10 before fouling out with 6:12 remaining in regulation.