The Virginia Tech Hokies were 20.5-point favorites going into today’s game against the mountaineers of appalachian state. The game, however, was a nail biter from the opening tip until about 8 minutes left in the second half when the Hokies built an 11-point lead and started to pull away from a tired asu squad.
Erick Green scored a career-high 27 points to lead Virginia Tech to an 87-76 win. In doing so, the senior guard became the first Hokie to score 20 or more points in each of his first five games of a season since Bryant Matthews did so during the 2003-04 campaign.
Green eclipsed his career high in points for the second straight game, while junior forward Jarrell Eddie continued to put up some big numbers as well. Eddie, who is coming off a career-best 28 points vs. unc-g-spot, scored 23 points against the ‘neers.
Not to be outdone, true freshman Marshall Wood notched a career-high in points with 13. CJ Barksdale was one point shy of tying his career high of 11.
With the win, Tech improved to 5-0, marking the first time the Hokies have started a season 5-0 since the 1984-85 season. And while critics will point to VT’s relatively weak schedule thus far, keep in mind that the Hokies have traditionally played weaker teams earlier in the season and have usually found a way to lose a game or two they probably should have won.
Not this year. At least not through the first five games.
- Green has made 31 consecutive free throws and hasn’t missed one in the last three games. He went 4-4 vs. vmi, 16-16 vs. uncg, and 11-11 against appy state today.
- For the first time this season, no Hokie registered double digit rebounds. For the second game in a row, Marshall Wood led the Hokies in rebounds, nabbing 8 vs. asu.