Virginia Tech vs NC-Greensboro

Virginia Tech 96, UNC-Greensboro 87

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GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - 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) «455196
NC-Greensboro (1-3)414687

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Virginia Tech Hokies
J. Eddie, F347-99-1052028
C. Raines, F273-83-49049
C. Barksdale, F221-43-46125
E. Green, G384-1516-1636126
R. Brown, G303-71-223310
M. Wood191-52-411135
J. Van Zegeren121-10-21012
W. Johnston103-30-00019
M. Rankin81-10-00002
Totals 24-5334-4241131596
 45.3%81% 
NC-Greensboro Spartans
K. McNeil, F275-82-3121312
D. Williams, F172-21-22255
T. Simpson, G3110-232-234325
K. Van Dussen, G284-90-032410
D. Parker, G231-30-02433
D. Armstrong307-155-632023
K. Locke252-82-47046
N. Paulos91-60-01113
T. Hoffer70-00-02020
R. White30-10-02000
Totals 32-7512-1738162587
 42.7%70.6% 
ACC
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
N. Carolina14-433-75
Florida St.12-626-914
Louisville12-625-97
Notre Dame12-626-1023
Duke11-728-96
Virginia11-723-1118
Va. Tech10-822-1148
Miami (Fla.)10-821-1242
Syracuse10-819-1584
Wake Forest9-919-1439
Georgia Tech8-1021-16106
Clemson6-1217-1668
Pittsburgh4-1416-1774
NC State4-1415-17141
Boston College2-169-23219

Southern
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
ETSU17-427-855
UNC-Green.16-525-1095
Furman14-523-1296
Wofford11-916-17190
Chattanooga10-919-12139
Samford10-1120-16170
Mercer9-1015-17192
Citadel5-1512-21283
W. Carolina4-159-23271
VMI3-166-24329
 
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