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Well that was awkward. Just as I began to type up an article about the Hokies losing tonight's game, Tech storms back in overtime and steals a one point victory in a game they certainly did not deserve to win. Erick Green led the way with a new career high of 32 points. He did a terrific job of making shots when he needed to. Although, he did miss two key free throws in the 2nd half and rimmed out the last second shot that could have won the game. It wasn't a perfect performance for the senior but he did enough to carry this Virginia Tech team to a much needed victory in overtime.
The rest of the team struggled to find consistent play. Christian Beyer deserves player of the game honors for his effort tonight. He was the only walkon that saw extensive minutes (27 min). Beyer finished with only three points, all of which came from the free throw line, but added nine rebounds and two steals. The walk-on is going to struggle against better competition but he held his own tonight.
Cadarian Raines bounced back after two dismal performances over the last week and a half. Raines added 16 points, nine rebounds, and three blocks. His defensive presence really hurt the Braves down low.
Because there was no TV, it's hard to completely understand what happened to Robert Brown, CJ Barksdale, and Joey Van Zegeren. Those three players combined for four points on 1-8 shooting. Brown is the biggest surprise, going just 1-6 from the field. He did add four assists though, all of which came in the 2nd half.
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Overall, this was not the Hokies best performance but thanks to Green's 32 points, they were able to eek out a win against a top 100 RPI foe on a neutral court. The RPI will look favorably on that. Also, the Hokies will likely face Colorado State (55th in the RPI) tomorrow night if the Rams can defeat Portland (220th in the RPI) tonight at 11:00 p.m. eastern time (9 p.m. Las Vegas time). Even if Tech loses tomorrow, a loss to the Rams on a neutral court would do little to harm Tech's ranking in the RPI while a win would boost our ranking significantly.
Judging by this performance, the Hokies are going to struggle to win from here on out. There are no more "gimmies" on the schedule, especially with ACC play starting in two weeks. Tech is now 9-2 on the season and will have a chance to notch their 10th win tomorrow night in the Championship game. That game will be broadcasted on CBS Sports Network.
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