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Game Recap | VT 87 (5-0), appalachian state 76 (1-3)

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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.

Other notes:

  • 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.

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16 Responses to “Game Recap | VT 87 (5-0), appalachian state 76 (1-3)”

  1. FruitpieTheMagician says:

    I guess Green’s slower-than-Sergio-Garcia’s-addressing-the-golf-ball approach to free throwing is working!

    • Rennie says:

      Its nice to watch the team move the ball around and not take the first shot like I’ve seen in the past. I like the chemistry Johnson has formed between these players in his short time as head coach. I think we have a bright future.

      • goodraisin says:

        Not to nitpick, but I feel like this is the exact opposite of what is happening. In the past under Greenberg our offense worked the ball around in circles and never shot quickly. In JJ’s offense the Hokies are taking the first good shot they get, even if it means shooting the first look.

  2. Danram says:

    Appy State was surprisingly good, IMHO. TO be honest, I was expecting a walkover today but instead they have our guys a serious test. VT didn’t pull away until the last 8 minutes or so.

  3. danE says:

    App State got drubbed my High Point and Campbell. Any ACC team should have beat them by 35pts. Fasten your seat belts, it’s gonna be a rough Dec, Jan & Feb for the Hokies.

    • vthokie18 says:

      The close game was not on VT sure they could have done a few things better but thats the case in practically every game. It just so happens that App State came out and shot over 60% from the floor in the first 10 minutes of the game and VT stayed neck & neck with them. It’s hard to pull away from a team that is on a hot streak like that. Don’t be suprised if App State’s winning % starts to pick up quite a bit and for them to finish high in their conference.

    • Danram says:

      Did you even watch the game yesterday? I doubt it. If you had, you wouldn’t have posted that. VT didn’t play poorly yesterday. Appy State played surprisingly well.

    • Chris_atl says:

      I am enjoying the 5-0 start (that stat of “not happened since 1984-85″ is hard to believe but I have no basis for that) but I agree with danE on this one. The last two games should have been easier wins. At least UNCG was a road game. If every opponent somehow manages to have their best shooting games against you, then maybe your defense has something to do with that. I am hoping we will gradually improve defensively under the new coach and be competitive in ACC play. That’s my optimistic take anyway.

      We are so thin inside defensively, Raines he has to stay out of foul trouble. I hated to see him in foul trouble against this kind of opponent.

  4. Max says:

    All I have to say is, if we get handled by Iowa, then its going to be a long season.

  5. Jack says:

    My main concern is the bigs down low. If Raines and Barksdale don’t pick up their physicality/overall play, it’ll be a tough couple more months. JVZ is going to get eaten alive, that’s a given, he’s just too soft and hesitant at this point in his college career, and looks to have little confidence in himself. But I’m hoping that they can elevate their play as we start to play some better competition.

    The ability to stroke it from three will benefit us greatly and keep us in some ball games if we can keep it up, especially Eddie, holy cow he’s hot right now. I’m still remaining optimistic though! I’ve really enjoyed watching JJ’s squad compete this season, go Hokies!

  6. Ryan says:

    Yea I’m excited, we will know a lot more about them in the next week or two tho…I think Green and Eddie are both poised for big years I just hope our other guys can compliment them well

  7. Richie Rich says:

    Current SOS Rank is 338. Best win is Rhode Island at 219. I hope this team is legit, but it is hard to buy in until they actually beat a real team.

  8. King says:

    I forgot that Eddie was a 4-star recruit. I had to go back and check. He’s finally starting to live up to his potential. Looks like he may be poised for a breakout season.

  9. danE says:

    Well I’ll be darned. That Iowa game is enough to make me believe they will at least be competitive. Good work Hokies.


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