Erick Green scored a career-high 31 points, including a go-ahead layup off an inbounds turnover with 21 seconds left, to lift Virginia Tech past Bradley, 66-65, in overtime Saturday night in the Las Vegas Classic’s third round.
Green’s the nation’s second-leading scorer, also had eight rebounds. The former All-Met from Paul VI also converted a three-point play with 26 seconds left after the Braves had led, 65-61.
Cadarian Raines had 16 points and nine rebounds for Virginia Tech (9-2), which will play the Colorado State-Portland winner in Sunday’s final.
Dyricus Simms-Edwards led Bradley (8-3) with 15 points and seven rebounds.
Trailing, 66-65, Bradley’s Walt Lemon Jr. (nine points) missed two potential go-ahead free throws with 11 seconds left. The Braves had another chance for the win in the closing seconds, but Lemon Jr. was not able to convert the potential winning basket with two seconds left.
●N. KENTUCKY 55, NAVY 46: Ernest Watson scored 19 points, and Northern Kentucky pulled away in the second half to defeat Navy in Annapolis.
Jalen Billups had 14 points and nine rebounds, and Eshaunte Jones added 13 points and seven assists for the Norse (2-6), who are in their first year in Division I. The starters were the only players to score.
Tilman Dunbar led Navy (6-7) with 12 points, and Brandon Venturini had 11 for the Midshipmen, whose three-game home winning streak was snapped in the first meeting between the teams.
The Norse outrebounded the Midshipmen 30-15 and made the same number of field goals — 19 — while taking 13 fewer shots.
From his team’s 39-38 advantage with 7 minutes 33 seconds to go, Watson made three consecutive three-pointers for a 48-38 lead with 4:57 left.
Junior transfer Uju Ugoka made her first appearance in a Virginia Tech uniform in front of more than 4,000 people at Cassell Coliseum and proved worth the wait as the Hokies won their ACC women’s opener, 73-52, over Wake Forest.
The Nigerian native and Gulf Coast State transfer scored a game-high 28 points — the most ever by a Hokie in a home ACC game — grabbed eight rebounds, had two steals and added an assist to help open the Hokies’ ACC slate with a win for the second straight year.
Ugoka missed the season’s first nine games because of an NCAA violation the school referred to as “a minor violation of amateurism regulations which occurred prior to her arrival at Virginia Tech.”
She made up for lost time for the Hokies (5-5, 1-0).
“This is how hard Uju plays in practice, so she comes in the game and plays this way,” Hokies Coach Dennis Wolff said.
Wake Forest fell to 5-6, 0-1.