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The Hokies sleptwalked through most of Monday night's game but was able to secure a 21 point win over a winless Mississippi Valley State team. The Delta Devils possessed a couple good outside shooters, which gave the Hokies some trouble in the early going. But, Tech's Erick Green notched his ninth straight 20-plus point game, helping the Hokies to their 8th win of the season.
Overall, the game was rather sloppy on both sides. The teams combined for just 6-41 from behind the arc and turned the ball over a total of 29 times. This was not a pretty basketball performance on either side. The Delta Devil's Davon Usher (Usher...Usher... Usher!) led their team in scoring with 19 points. He was also the only Mississippi Valley State player who made a three point bucket. The Delta Devils went 4-29 from behind the arc and Usher had all four of their made buckets.
Tech, on the other hand, went through their third consecutive game with foul trouble. Cadarian Raines played just 12 minutes and fouled out, scoring zero points in this one. James Johnson subbed in a lot of his bench throughout both halves, which resulted in less success on the offensive end. Walk-ons Will Johnston, Marcus Patrick, and Christian Beyer played a combined 42 minutes but scored just two points on 0-9 shooting. The two points came from two Beyer free throws.
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Honestly, the only decent stat of the night was Green's performance. The senior scored 23 points on 8-13 shooting, made all six free throws, grabbed five rebounds, dished out four assists, and was credited with two steals. It was another fantastic night for Green who may slowly be inching his way into not only ACC Player of the Year talks but National player of the year talks. If Green can keep up this pace in ACC play, he'll at least have to be in the conversation.
This game doesn't deserve a whole lot of analysis as the Delta Devils are a pretty bad basketball team. A win here is all that matters. The Hokies will take the court again on Saturday against Georgia Southern inside Cassell Coliseum. The Eagles are 3-5 on the season but two of their three wins have come over division II opponents. Obviously, if Tech plays halfway decent they should improve to 9-1 before heading out to Las Vegas to play an RPI top 100 team in Bradley.
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