LAS VEGAS -- Senior guard Dorian Green scored 18 points, hitting five of six 3-point attempts, and tourney MVP Pierce Hornung added 18 points and 10 rebounds as Colorado State crushed Virginia Tech 88-52 in the championship game of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic on Sunday night.
Forward Greg Smith came off the bench to add 17 points and eight rebounds for Colorado State (10-2). Center Colton Iverson, a 6-foot-10, 261-pound transfer from Minnesota, finished with 15 points and seven rebounds for the Rams, who are off to their best start since 1997-98, when they began 11-1.
Senior guard Erick Green had 26 points and five rebounds for Virginia Tech, which trailed just 37-29 early in the second half before Colorado State blew the game open with a 22-5 run.
The Rams then squelched any shot of a comeback by the Hokies (9-3) with another 17-1 run, holding Tech without a field goal for more than 51/2 minutes while extending their lead to 77-40.
Colorado State, which led by as many as 38 points, finished with a 45-32 edge in rebounds and had 22 assists to just four for the Hokies.
Virginia Tech, which rallied from a five-point deficit in the final minute of overtime to defeat Bradley 66-65 in Saturday night's semifinals, started well and built a 10-6 lead in the first six minutes.
Colorado State then went on 11-0 run that was bookended by 3-pointers by guards Daniel Bejarano and Wes Eikmeier to go ahead 17-10.
The Rams, who dominated the middle with 12 first-half offensive rebounds, gradually built their lead to 10 points on two occasions before the break, including 32-22 on a short Greg Smith jumper with a minute left in the half.
Virginia Tech cut the lead to 33-27 as Erick Green, who had 14 points in the half, nailed a 3-pointer from the top of the key with one second remaining.
NOTES: Virginia Tech is scheduled to fly home to Blacksburg on Monday morning, then turn around and fly back to Utah on Thursday for a game against BYU in Provo on Saturday afternoon. ... Erick Green entered the game averaging 25.4 points, tops in the nation. ... Colorado State has not been outrebounded in a game this season. The Rams entered Sunday night's game with a plus-14.7 rebounding margin. ... Virginia Tech played the game with only seven healthy scholarship players on the roster.