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Virginia Tech senior guard Erick Green has knocked down a fall-back jumper from the left elbow numerous times. He probably routinely makes them when he shoots around.
This one however, wouldn't go in the basket.
Green got a look from that spot as the final buzzer sounded, but it didn't drop and the Hokies dropped their first game of the season, 68-67 at West Virginia.
Green's miss was the end of a frantic finish. Sophomore guard Robert Brown banked in a three-pointer with 18 seconds left to give Virginia Tech a 67-66 lead. But the Mountaineers retook the lead on a layup by West Virginia guard Juwan Staten with just five seconds to play.
On the brink of the top 25, the Hokies shot better from the floor (41.5% to 35.3%), though the Mountaineers had a 49-38 rebounding advantage and hit 10 three-pointers to Virginia Tech's five.
Both teams struggled shooting the ball early in the game, though the Hokies grabbed an early 15-14 lead. It was shirt-lived, however as the Mountaineers went on a 13-0 run to take a 27-15 advantage.
Virginia Tech got back in the game despite shooting 33.3% from the field in the first half and cut the deficit to 30-24 at halftime. The Hokies' previous season-low for points in a half was 36 in the season-opening win against Rhode Island.
Virginia Tech got back on top 34-33 just 3:10 into the second half on a fast-break layup by Brown and took a 52-47 lead on an emphatic dunk in transition by Green. But the Mountaineers granned a 62-59 lead with three minutes to play.
Both teams traded leads before the final frenzy.
Green finished with a game-high 23 points, while Brown added 21. Green has scored at least 20 points in all eight of the Hokies' games this season. He's the only player in the country to achieve that in each of his games played this season.
Virginia Tech is back home at 7 p.m. Monday when it hosts Mississippi Valley State in the opening round of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic.