Virginia Tech suffered its most lopsided loss of the season Sunday night, losing to Colorado State, 88-52, in the championship game of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic. The Hokies, who were playing their second game in two nights with just seven available scholarship players, were done in by a 21-4 Rams run to begin the second half.
But the setback couldn’t diminish the weekend point guard Erick Green had. He scored 26 points Sunday, one night after scoring a career-high 31 points and spearheading an unlikely comeback in the Hokies’ 66-65 overtime victory against Bradley.
Green, who was named to the all-tournament team, leads the country in scoring (25.4 points per game). He also has scored 20 or more points in all 12 games this season, tying the school record set by Bob Ayersman in the 1958-59 season.
Though his scoring mattered little in the blowout loss Sunday, Green was instrumental in Virginia Tech’s comeback Saturday night. After he missed two crucial free throws and a potential buzzer-beater in regulation to open the door for Bradley to send the game into overtime, the Hokies trailed by five points with 49 seconds remaining in the extra frame.
But walk-on Christian Beyer, playing for injured freshman Marshall Wood, got a crucial rebound to set up Green for a three-point play and then Green scored the winning points with 21 seconds left. He had eight of Virginia Tech’s 11 points in overtime.
Beyer, meantime, finished with three points, nine rebounds and two steals in his first extensive action of the season. Forward Cadarian Raines added a career-high 16 points.
The Hokies (9-3) now have a week off before traveling out west again next weekend for their final nonconference game of the year against BYU in Salt Lake City.