Virginia Tech 96, UNC Greensboro 87

The Sports Xchange
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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Virginia Tech scored 10 consecutive points late in the game to overcome UNC Greensboro 96-87 in non-conference men's basketball Monday night at the Greensboro Coliseum.
Jarell Eddie scored a career-high 28 points, and Erick Green scored 19 of his 26 points in the second half as the Hokies (4-0) survived their first road outing of the season.
UNCG's Trevis Simpson scored 18 of his 25 points after halftime, but the Spartans (1-3) remained winless in against Division I opponents this season.
Thirteen of Virginia Tech's first 21 field goals were from long range, helping the Hokies take a 65-51 edge. The last 3-pointer was from Eddie, and it created a two-possession margin after Virginia Tech fell behind and regained the lead.
Simpson hit from 3-point range on consecutive possessions and UNCG was within 71-69 with 8:42 to play. Derrell Armstrong's two free throws on the Spartans' next trip tied the score, and UNCG went ahead a couple of possessions later on Simpson's drive. His next basket made it 77-73.
Then the Hokies went on a game-turning burst and made enough free throws the rest of the way.
Green, who was 16-for-16 from the foul line, has scored at least 21 points in every game this season. Eddie, a junior swingman, exceeded his career high by four. Virginia Tech guard Robert Brown scored all of his 10 points in the second half.
The game marked the first time in UNCG's four games that an opponent made more 3-pointers than the Spartans, who poured in 11 on 35 attempts. Virginia Tech ended up 14-for-22 from beyond the arc.
Armstrong finished with 23 points.
The Hokies broke to a 21-9 lead, in part because of three 3-pointers from sophomore reserve Will Johnston. It was 30-16 after Green's steal and dunk, causing UNCG coach Wes Miller to call his second timeout less than 11 minutes into the game.
The Spartans pulled ahead at 33-32 with 4:26 left in the opening half. The Hokies held a 45-41 halftime lead after Eddie hit a 3-pointer at the horn.
Both coaches, Virginia Tech's James Johnson and Miller, were assistants a year ago. Miller took over at UNCG on an interim basis last December.
UNCG, which has never won against Virginia Tech in eight meetings, opened a stretch of four consecutive home games.
NOTES: The trip to Greensboro was Virginia Tech's only road game until December. The Hokies got a chance to play in the venue that will be used for March's Atlantic Coast Conference tournament. ... UNCG is 1-46 against ACC teams. ... All nine of Johnson's career baskets have been 3-pointers. ... UNCG power forward David Williams fouled out with 5:19 to play. He scored five points.

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