ATLANTA -- Virginia Tech's Erick Green, the nation's leading scorer, got hot in the second half, while Georgia Tech's offense went ice cold.
Green finished with 28 points, 20 coming in the second half and overtime, lifting the Hokies to a much-needed 70-65 comeback victory Saturday at McCamish Pavillion.
Virginia Tech (10-6, 1-2 ACC) scored the first seven points of overtime, highlighted by a Jarell Eddie corner 3-pointer and a floater in the lane from Green to snap a four-game losing streak.
Mfon Udofia and Chris Bolden hit 3-pointers in overtime to keep the Yellow Jackets alive, but Virginia Tech made its free throws down the stretch to seal its first conference win of the season.
It's a painful loss for the Yellow Jackets, who, with games at Duke and North Carolina up next, are in danger of starting ACC play at 0-5.
The Yellow Jackets (10-5, 0-3), who led by 11 with 13 minutes to play, went without a field goal for the final 7:47 of regulation.
Georgia Tech led the entire second half, until Green hit both ends of a one-and-one to tie the score, 55-55, with 25 seconds to play. Green scored eight straight points to keep the Hokies in the game, after Georgia Tech threatened to pull away early in the second half.
It was the senior star's 19th consecutive game in double figures and 48th of his last 49.
Robert Carter Jr.'s banked 3-pointer sent the Yellow Jackets into the locker room with a 25-22 lead, after a back-and-forth first half that featured four lead changes and porous shooting.
Virginia Tech missed all seven of its 3-point attempts and shot 26.9 percent overall from the field in the first half.
Georgia Tech's offense wasn't much better against a Virginia Tech scoring defense ranked last in the ACC. The Jackets struggled to get good looks against the Hokies' man-to-man defense and needed a last-second banked 3-pointer from Robert Carter Jr. to take a 25-22 lead into intermission.
Carter led the Yellow Jackets with 11 points, and Marcus Georges-Hunt and Udofia finished with 10.
C.J. Barksdale had 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Hokies, and Robert Brown came off the bench to add 10 points, including four in overtime.
Notes: Virginia Tech freshman forward Marshall Wood (foot) missed his sixth straight game. ... Six different players have led Georgia Tech in scoring this season. ... A win would have given the Jackets their 11th victory of the season, matching their win total from last season. ... Virginia Tech leads the series 14-4.