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Originally published: 2012-11-24 00:45:24
Last modified: 2012-11-24 01:34:09

Virginia Tech pulls away from Mountaineers

by Staff Reports

BLACKSBURG, Va. — Appalachian State managed to keep up with Virginia Tech. Then the Hokies started going to the free throw line.

Virginia Tech made 30-of-39 foul shots overall, including 20-of-26 in the second half, and pulled away for an 87-76 victory in front of 7,094 at the Cassell Coliseum.

Appalachian State tied Virginia Tech 50-50 on a Michael Obacha layup with 14:57 left in the game. The Mountaineers fell behind by six once again, but pulled to within 60-58 on a Nathan Healy 3-point shot with 10:41 left.

But Appalachian State got cold and Virginia Tech started to pull away. The Hokies went on a gradual 13-2 run capped by an Erick Green dunk to claim a 73-60 lead with 4:52 left.

Virginia Tech pushed its lead to 87-72 on a C.J. Barksdale dunk with 1:14 left. ASU scored the final two baskets, but the Mountaineers were still left with their fourth-straight loss.

Appalachian State got 21 points and seven rebounds from Jay Canty to lead the Mountaineers in both categories. Jamaal Trice added 10 points and four rebounds. Both played all 40 minutes.

Tab Hamilton added 15 points. Appalachian State shot a solid 46.7 percent for the game, but turned the ball over 19 times.

They could not keep up with Green, who made all 11 of his foul shots and finished with 27 points. Jarell Eddie, who made seven of his nine shots from the field, scored 23 points.

Virginia Tech shot 56 percent from the field in the first half, but cooled off to 44.4 percent in the second half. The Hokies dished out 16 assists on 26 made shots, while turning the ball over just 13 times.

Appalachian State, which returns home Wednesday to host Duquesne, held a 9-4 lead early in the game, but Virginia Tech came back and eventually took a 34-26 lead with 6:00 left in the first half. The Mountaineers battled back, but still trailed 41-38 at halftime.

 

Virginia Tech 87, Appalachian State 76

Appalachian State (1-4)

Obacha 2-2 1-4 5, Healy 4-8 1-2 11, Hamilton 7-12 0-0 15, Trice 5-15 6-7 19, Canty 8-16 3-4 21, Baskin 2-5 1-4 5, Burgess 0-1 0-0 0, Gilbert 0-0 0-0 0, Spagnolo 0-1 0-0 0, Eaves 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-60 12-21 76.

Virginia Tech (5-0)

Raines 1-3 1-3 3, Eddie 7-9 5-6 23, Barksdale 3-5 4-4 10, Brown 2-8 5-6 9, Green 8-16 11-11 27, van Zegeren 1-2 0-0 2, Rankin 0-1 0-2 0, Beyer 0-0 0-0 0, Johnston 0-0 0-0 0, Wood 4-8 4-7 13. Totals 26-62 30-39 87.

Halftime—Virginia Tech 41, ASU 38. 3-point goals—ASU 8-22 (Trice 3-8, Healy 2-4, Canty 2-5, Hamilton 1-4, Burgess 0-1), Virginia Tech 5-18 (Eddie 4-5, Wood 1-4, Rankin 0-1, Brown 0-2). Rebounds—ASU 35 (Healy, Canty 7), Virginia Tech 27 (Wood 8). Assists—6 (Trice, Spagnolo 2), Virginia Tech 16 (Brown 6). Turnovers—ASU 19, Virginia Tech 13. Total fouls—ASU 26, Virginia Tech 19. Fouled out—ASU, Spagnolo. Technical fouls—None. Att.—7,094.