Johnson suffers first loss as Hokies' head coach - NBC12.com - Richmond, VA News

Johnson suffers first loss as Hokies' head coach

Posted: Updated:
BLACKSBURG, VA (WWBT) -

Virginia Tech guard Erick Green scored 23 points, but couldn't connect on a jumper at the buzzer, as the Hokies fell to West Virginia 68-67 in a nonconference game played at WVU Coliseum on Saturday afternoon.

The loss marked Tech's first of the season, dropping the Hokies to 7-1 overall. West Virginia moved to 4-3 overall and snapped a two-game game losing streak to the Hokies, as the two programs separated by four hours of roads and mountains resumed their longtime rivalry after an eight-year hiatus.

It was also the first loss in the head coaching career of Powhatan native James Johnson, who is in his first year at the head of the bench.

The Hokies were in position to win the game after forward Robert Brown banked in a 3-pointer with 18 seconds remaining to give Tech a 67-66 lead. But West Virginia's Juwan Staten took advantage of some confusion on Tech's part, scoring on an open layup with five seconds remaining to give the Mountaineers a 68-67 lead. It was Staten's only basket of the game. 

The Hokies called timeout with 3.4 seconds left after Staten's basket, and they got the ball into the hands of Green. The senior guard drove into the lane and lofted a jumper that bounced off the rim as time expired, enabling the Mountaineers to escape with a one-point victory.

Green scored 14 of his 23 points in the second half. He hit 8 of 19 from the floor for the game, including 2 of 5 from beyond the 3-point arc. He also dished out a career-high 10 assists.

Green and Brown teamed for 45 of the Hokies' 67 points. Brown scored a career-high 21 points, hitting 9 of 19 from the floor, including 2 of 7 from beyond the arc.

But the two of them weren't enough on a day in which Jarell Eddie played just 20 minutes because of foul trouble, the Hokies shot just 41.5 percent from the floor and Tech got out-rebounded 49-38. West Virginia finished with 23 offensive rebounds and 18 second-chance points.

West Virginia got huge games from a pair of unlikely sources. Junior center Aaric Murray scored a career-high 15 points and hit a career-high two 3-pointers. Also, sophomore Kevin Noreen, a 6-10 forward who came into the game averaging 1.3 points per game, finished with a double-double, scoring a career-high 14 points and grabbing a career-high 12 rebounds. Noreen hit two 3-pointers – the first two of his career.

The Hokies do not have much time to lament this loss, as they take to the court on Monday night when Mississippi Valley State comes to Cassell Coliseum as part of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m.

  • SportsMore>>

  • Mooney and Smart meet in charity cook-off

    Mooney and Smart meet in charity cook-off

    Thursday, April 17 2014 10:06 PM EDT2014-04-18 02:06:11 GMT
    Richmond head basketball coach Chris Mooney and VCU head basketball coach Shaka Smart met in the 2nd annual Coaches' Cook-Off at the Science Museum of Virginia Thursday night. All proceeds from the eventMore >>
    Richmond head basketball coach Chris Mooney and VCU head basketball coach Shaka Smart met in the 2nd annual Coaches' Cook-Off at the Science Museum of Virginia Thursday night. All proceeds from the eventMore >>
  • Strauss, Spider offense shine during spring game

    Strauss, Spider offense shine during spring game

    Saturday, April 19 2014 10:58 PM EDT2014-04-20 02:58:56 GMT
    Michael Strauss has claimed the starting quarterback job at the University of Richmond.  Head coach Danny Rocco said so after the offense dominated the defense at Saturday's annual spring game. The SpiderMore >>
    Michael Strauss has claimed the starting quarterback job at the University of Richmond.  Head coach Danny Rocco said so after the offense dominated the defense at Saturday's annual spring game. The SpiderMore >>
  • Raiders rocked at home by league-newcomer Harrisburg

    Raiders rocked at home by league-newcomer Harrisburg

    Saturday, April 19 2014 10:53 PM EDT2014-04-20 02:53:50 GMT
    The Harrisburg Stampede scored on offense, defense, and special teams in building a 20 point first half lead, and they forced four Raider turnovers on their way to a 48-27 win in Richmond Saturday night.More >>
    The Harrisburg Stampede scored on offense, defense, and special teams in building a 20 point first half lead, and they forced four Raider turnovers on their way to a 48-27 win in Richmond Saturday night.More >>
Powered by WorldNow