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Men’s Basketball

Men’s basketball became immediately successful after its introduction at Virginia Tech. The first intercollegiate game, played in the Stone Auditorium (later Chapel and Library) on January 22, 1909, resulted in a 33-26 win over Emory and Henry College, and the team went on to finish the season with a 4-2 record. The following season, 1909-10, the team scored its only undefeated basketball campaign (11-0). The most wins in a season came in 1994-95 with a 25-10 record. The highest score came in a game with Southern Mississippi on February 6, 1988, which Virginia Tech won in two overtimes 141-133. The longest shot—89 feet, three inches—was made in 1980 by Les Henson, pushing the Hokies to a come-from-behind victory against Florida State. Known as the “Henson Heave,” the shot broke the existing world record for organized basketball of 86 feet. In 1988 Tech player Vernell “Bimbo” Coles became the university’s first student athlete to play in the Olympics, which were held in Seoul, South Korea.

National Tournaments-In national tournaments, Virginia Tech has the following record:

1966National Invitational Tournament (NIT), opening round, 73-88 loss to Temple
1967NCAA first round, 79-70 win over Indiana; finals, 66-71 loss in overtime to Dayton
1973NIT opening round, 65-63 win over New Mexico; second round, 77-76 win over Fairfield; third round, 74-73 win over Alabama; finals, 92-91 winner in overtime over Notre Dame; NIT champion
1976NCAA first round, 67-77 overtime loss to Western Michigan
1977NIT preliminary round, 83-79 win over Georgetown; second round, 72-79 loss to Alabama
1979NCAA first round, 70-53 win over Jacksonville; second round, 69-86 loss to Indiana State
1980NCAA first round, 89-85 overtime win over Western Kentucky; second round, 59-68 loss to Indiana
1982NIT opening round, 69-58 win over Fordham; second round, 61-50 win over Mississippi; third round, 73-90 loss to Georgia
1983NIT opening round, 85-79 win over William & Mary; second round, 68-75 loss to South Carolina
1984NIT opening round, 77-74 win over Georgia Tech; second round, 68-66 win over South Alabama; third round, 72-68 win over Tennessee; semi-finals, 75-78 loss to Michigan; consolation round, 71-70 win over Southwestern Louisiana; third place
1985NCAA first round, 57-60 loss to Temple
1986NCAA first round, 62-71 loss to Villanova
1995NIT opening round, 62-54 win over Clemson; second round, 91-78 win over Providence; third round, 64-61 win over New Mexico State; fourth round, 71-59 win over Canisius; finals, 65-64 overtime win over Marquette; NIT champion
1996NCAA first round, 61-48 win over Wisconsin-Green Bay; second round, 60-84 loss to Kentucky
2005NIT opening round, 60-50 win over Temple; second round, 62-83 loss to Memphis
2007NCAA first round, 54-52 win over Illinois; second round, 48-63 loss to Southern Illinois
2008NIT opening round, 94-62 win over Morgan State; second round, 75-49 win over Alabama-Birmingham; quarter-finals, 72-81 loss to Mississippi
2009NIT opening round, 116-108 (2OT) win over Duquesne; second round, 66-84 loss to Baylor
2010NIT opening round, 81-61 win over Quinnipiac; second round, 65-63 win over Connecticut; quarter-finals, 72-79 loss to Rhode Island

 

Basketball Coaches and Records-A list of basketball coaches and their records, by the year the season ended:

1909R. M. Brown (4-2)
1910-11Branch Bocock 1910 (11-0); 1911 (11-1)
1912L. N. Keesling (6-3)
1913Houston B. Hughes (5-9)
1914-16Branch Bocock 1914 (14-5); 1915 (9-4); 1916 (12-3); overall (57-13)
1917H. P. Sanborn (17-2)
1918-20C. A. Bernier 1918 (15-5); 1919 (18-4); 1920 (14-4); overall (47-13)
1921-23W. L. “Monk” Younger 1921 (19-5); 1922 (14-6); 1923 (13-6)
1924B. C. Cubbage (5-13)
1925-26M. Buford Blair 1925 (6-9); 1926 (3-10); overall (9-19)
1927H. B. Redd (6-8)
1928Bud Moore (5-11)
1929I. E. Randall (4-13)
1930R. S. Warren (5-14)
1931C. D. Rhodes (5-10)
1931-32George S. Proctor (8-9)
1932-37W. L. “Monk” Younger 1933 (5-10); 1934 (1-15); 1935 (3-16); 1936 (5-16); 1937 (6-11); overall (66-85)
1937-44H. M. “Mac” McEver 1938 (6-8); 1939 (3-14); 1940 (4‑15); 1941 (8-13); 1942 (10-10); 1943 (7-7); 1944 (11-4); overall (49-71)
1944-47George S. Proctor 1945 (6-8); 1946 (11-8); 1947 (13-13); overall (38-38)
1947-55G. F. “Red” Laird 1948 (14-9); 1949 (10-13); 1950 (16-9); 1951 (19-10); 1952 (4-16); 1953 (4-19); 1954 (3-24); 1955 (7-20); overall(77-120)
1955-62Charles W. “Chuck” Noe 1956 (14-11); 1957 (14-8); 1958 (11-8); 1959 (16-5); 1960 (20-6); 1961 (15-7); 1962 (19-6); overall (109-51)
1962-64William B. Matthews 1963 (12-12); 1964 (16-7); overall (28-19)
1964-71Howard P. “Howie” Shannon 1965 (13-10); 1966 (19-5); 1967 (20-7); 1968 (14‑11); 1969 (14-12); 1970 (10-12); 1971 (14-11);overall(104-68)
1971-76Don DeVoe 1972 (16-10); 1973 (22-5); 1974 (13-13); 1975 (16-10); 1976 (21-7); overall (88-45)
1976-87Charles Moir 1977 (19-10); 1978 (19-8); 1979 (22-9); 1980 (21-8); 1981 (15-13); 1982 (20-11); 1983 (23-11); 1984 (22-13); 1985 (20-9); 1986 (22-9); 1987 (10-18); overall (213-119)
1987-91Frankie Allen 1988 (19-10); 1989 (11-17); 1990 (13-18); 1991 (13-16); overall (56-61)
1991-97Bill Foster 1992 (10-18); 1993 (10-18); 1994 (18-10); 1995 (25-10); 1996 (23-6); 1997 (15-16); overall (101-78)
1997-99Bobby Hussey 1998 (10-17); 1999 (13-15); overall (23-32)
1999-2002Ricky Stokes 2000 (16-15); 2001 (8-19); 2002 (10-18); 2003 (12-17);overall (46-69)
2003-2012Seth Greenberg 2004 (15-14); 2005 (16-14); 2006 (14-16); 2007 (22-12); 2008 (21-14); overall (88-70)
2012-presentJames Johnson

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