Johnson improves to 2-0 at head of Hokies program

BLACKSBURG, VA (WWBT) - Erick Green tied his career high with 25 points to lift the Hokies past Rhode Island, 69-50, in a non-conference game played Monday night at Cassell Coliseum.  With the win, the Hokies moved to 2-0 overall on the season, a good start for first year head coach James Johnson, a Powhatan native.

Green scored on 17 of his 25 shot attempts in the first half, as Tech jumped out to a 13-0 lead and never trailed. The Rams missed their first seven shots from the floor and didn't score in the first 5:08 of the game.

Rhode Island cut the lead to 28-24 on a basket by Xavier Munford with 1:59 left in the first half. But the Hokies scored the last eight points of the half, six of those coming on two Green 3-pointers, to take a 36-24 lead at halftime.

Rhode Island got no closer than eleven the rest of the game. The Rams had a chance to cut the lead to nine with 10:02 remaining, but Nikola Malesevic missed a layup, and Green responded for the Hokies by making two free throws with 9:46 left to push the lead back to 13.

Tech led by as many as 21 in the second half.

Malesevic's missed layup was part of a terrible shooting night for the Rams, who made just 33.9 percent from the floor (20 of 59). Even worse, they made just 1 of 21 from beyond the 3-point arc.

Green, in particular, was great on offense. He hit 8 of 15 from the floor, including four 3-pointers. He made 5 of 8 from the free-throw line, and he also dished out four assists.

Robert Brown scored 12 for the Hokies, and Cadarian Raines recorded his first career double-double, with ten points and 12 rebounds.

The Hokies shot 45.6 percent from the floor and out-rebounded the Rams 42-37 after getting out-rebounded by East Tennessee State in the season opener on Saturday.

The Hokies continue nonconference action on Thursday night with a game against VMI at Cassell Coliseum. Tip-off is slated for 7:00pm.

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