BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Erick Green tied a career-high with 25 points, and Cadarian Raines grabbed a career-best 12 rebounds as Virginia Tech raced to an early lead and never trailed in a 69-50 win over Rhode Island at Cassell Coliseum on Monday night.
The Hokies (2-0) won for the second time in three days at home under new coach James Johnson. The Rams (0-2) are still searching for their first victory under new coach Dan Hurley.
Green previously scored 25 points in a game at Minnesota last season. The lone senior on Virginia Tech's roster, Green had chances to set a new career mark, but he missed his final three foul shots.
Raines, whose previous career high in rebounds was 11, grabbed his 12th board early in the second half. He also scored 10 points for the first double-double of his career. Robert Brown added 12 points, four rebounds and four assists for the Hokies.
Virginia Tech led by 12 at the break and held a double-digit lead for the entirety of the second half.
Xavier Munford, a transfer from Iowa Western College, scored 24 points to lead the Rams. Mike Aaman led Rhode Island with seven rebounds.
The Hokies, playing their second home game in three days, got off to a fast start, scoring the game's first 13 points. The game-opening run was capped by a Brown layup with 15 minutes left in the half.
The Rams, coming off a season-opening loss at home to Norfolk State, rallied, going on an 8-0 run of their own to get back into the game.
Ryan Brooks got URI on the scoreboard with a bucket at the 14:37 mark, and Munford capped the run with a jumper. The Hokies responded with another 8-0 run to push the lead back to 21-8, and Brown's 3-pointer with 8:07 left gave Tech a 24-10 lead, its biggest lead of the half.
The game of runs continued for the rest of the half, with URI pulling within 28-24 on an 8-0 run and Tech regaining a double-digit lead before halftime with another 8-0 burst as the Hokies led 36-24 at the break.
NOTES: Rhode Island and Virginia Tech were briefly conference rivals in the mid- and late-1990s in the Atlantic 10 before the Hokies left for the Big East and eventually the ACC. ... Rhode Island will face five opponents from Virginia this season. The Rams lost to Norfolk State in their opener and will also play George Mason, Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth. ... URI forward Ifeanyi Onyekaba has been cleared by the NCAA to practice with the team after finishing his prep career at Virginia Episcopal School in Lynchburg, Va., a year early. URI is currently pursuing an eligibility waiver with the NCAA so Onyekaba can play this year. ... Hokies guard Marquis Rankin, who missed Tech's opener with East Tennessee State on Saturday while dealing with family issues, returned for Monday's game.