It was the Erick Green show in Blacksburg today, but yet again that wasn’t enough as Georgia Tech jumped out to a big lead and held of the Hokies to win 64-54 in Cassell Coliseum. It was Georgia Tech’s first win ever in Blacksburg. VT dropped to 11-12 overall with the loss, and 2-8 in the ACC. The Yellow Jackets improved to 13-9 overall, and 3-7 in league play.
Erick Green scored 28 points on 9-of-20 shooting. He was 2-of-5 from three-point range, and 8-of-9 from the free throw line. He also had five rebounds, three assists, two blocks and a steal. He scored 12 of Tech’s first 15 points, but nobody else did anything in the first half, and the Yellow Jackets were up 37-18 at halftime.
Green had to leave the game in the final minute from exhaustion and dehydration. He appeared to pass out on the shoulder of Marshall Wood at one point, and was attended to by Tech’s trainer. Afterwards he was helped off the court by Wood and walkon Greg Donlon.
Robert Brown finished with 10 points for the Hokies, but he was only 4-of-16 from the field. Cadarian Raines added six points and nine rebounds. Will Johnston came off the bench to score six points, and he also had two rebounds and an assist.
Jarell Eddie went 0-of-6 from the field and did not score. He was benched for most of the second half. Coming to the bench in frustration, Eddie threw a water bottle on the floor. The bottle broke, water and ice went everywhere, and Robert Brown promptly stepped in it, slipped up, and went down on the Cassell Coliseum floor. Eddie never returned to the game, and the incident serves as a microcosm of the current state of Virginia Tech basketball.
The Hokies will return to action on Tuesday night when they travel to Charlottesville to take on UVA. The game will be televised by ESPNU at 7pm.