Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

November 20, 2012

Hokies still undefeated


Associated Press

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Jarell Eddie scored a career-high 28 points and Virginia Tech hit a season-high 14 3-pointers to hold off UNC Greensboro 96-87 on Monday night.

Erick Green added a career-best 26 points and Robert Brown had 10 for the Hokies (4-0), who had to fend off a late Spartans’ rally to remain undefeated.

Trevis Simpson scored 25 points and Derrell Armstrong added 23 for UNC Greensboro (1-3), which rallied from a 13-point deficit in the second half to go ahead 77-73 with 6:07 remaining.

The Hokies shot 45.3 percent (24 of 53) from the field, including 14 of 22 on 3-pointers, and hit 34 of 42 from the free-throw line Monday. Virginia Tech ended with a 41-38 rebounding advantage against the Spartans.

Still, that nearly wasn’t enough, as UNC Greensboro — now 1-46 against Atlantic Coast Conference teams — fought back from a 14-point deficit in the first half to briefly lead before Virginia Tech rallied for a 45-41 margin at the break. UNC Greensboro overcame another double-digit Virginia Tech lead in the second half to challenge late.

The Hokies were up 67-54 with 14 minutes left in the second half when UNC Greensboro began whittling away at their lead. The Spartans went on a 23-6 run, capped by a pair of Simpson layups, giving UNC Greensboro its final lead.

Virginia Tech, which has won all eight meetings against the Spartans, responded with a 10-0 run to regain command. Green scored six points during the run, which ended with Eddie’s fifth 3-pointer and an 83-77 Hokies lead with 2:52 left.

Kelvin McNeil had 12 points and 12 rebounds and Korey Van Dusen added 10 points for UNC Greensboro.

The Spartans led early in the first half, going up 7-6 less than three minutes in, when Virginia Tech went on a 17-2 run. Will Johnson hit three of the Hokies’ four 3-pointers during the run, and Cadarian Raines’ dunk put them up 23-9 with 12:48 left.

Virginia Tech would go up by 14 points again later in the half, leading 30-16 on Green’s steal-and-dunk with 9:16 remaining. But the Spartans responded with a 17-2 run, capped by Kayel Locke’s layup with 4:25 left, to put UNC Greensboro up 33-32, its final lead of the half.

After tying things at 35-35, the Hokies pulled back into the lead on Marquis Rankin’s layup with 3:40 left, and followed that with a Jarrell 3-pointer and a Joey van Zegeren layup to pull ahead 42-35 with 1:55 remaining.

The Spartans made one final run, getting an Armstrong 3-pointer, a David Williams free throw and a McNeil layup to cut Virginia Tech’s lead to 42-41 with 27 seconds left. But Eddie hit his third 3-pointer of the half at the buzzer to put the Hokies up by four points at intermission.

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VIRGINIA TECH (4-0) — Raines 3-8 3-4 9, Eddie 7-9 9-10 28, Barksdale 1-4 3-4 5, Brown 3-7 1-2 10, Green 4-15 16-16 26, Van Zegeren 1-1 0-2 2, Rankin 1-1 0-0 2, Johnston 3-3 0-0 9, Wood 1-5 2-4 5. Totals 24-53 34-42 96.

UNC-GREENSBORO (1-3) — Williams 2-2 1-2 5, McNeil 5-8 2-3 12, Parker 1-3 0-0 3, Van Dussen 4-9 0-0 10, Simpson 10-23 2-2 25, Armstrong 7-15 5-6 23, Locke 2-8 2-4 6, Paulos 1-6 0-0 3, White 0-1 0-0 0, Hoffer 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 32-75 12-17 87.

Halftime—Virginia Tech 45-41. 3-Point Goals—Virginia Tech 14-22 (Eddie 5-5, Johnston 3-3, Brown 3-5, Green 2-4, Wood 1-5), UNC-Greensboro 11-35 (Armstrong 4-11, Simpson 3-11, Van Dussen 2-5, Parker 1-3, Paulos 1-4, Locke 0-1). Fouled Out—Williams. Rebounds—Virginia Tech 41 (Wood 11), UNC-Greensboro 38 (McNeil 12). Assists—Virginia Tech 13 (Green 6), UNC-Greensboro 16 (Parker, Simpson 4). Total Fouls—Virginia Tech 15, UNC-Greensboro 25. A—3,082.