BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) -- Erick Green scored 21 points to lead Virginia Tech to an 80-62 victory over East Tennessee State on Saturday in the season opener for both teams.
The Hokies made a winner of coach James Johnson in his debut. Johnson replaced Seth Greenberg last May when the school fired Greenberg after nine seasons.
The Hokies' first-half shooting was too much for the Buccaneers, as Virginia Tech shot 56.5 percent from the floor (13 of 23) in running out to a 15-point lead. Green scored 14 points in the first half and Robert Brown added 13 for the Hokies, hitting three 3-pointers. Brown, coming off foot surgery this summer, finished with 16.
Freshman Lester Wilson came off the bench to lead the Buccaneers with 20 points. ETSU, which trailed by as many as 25 in the second half, shot just 38.7 percent from the floor (24 of 62).
Sometimes when shopping online you could make a mistake and buy a shirt in the wrong size or wrong color. It happens. These fans happened to buy tickets to the wrong college football championship game.
Mixing up the ACC and AAC Championship games seems like it would be pretty easy, and to be honest, I'm surprised it hasn't happened before.
Although, it'll probably be pretty disappointing to miss out on Temple's first conference championship in football since 1967.
Hopefully they enjoy watching two teams they have (probably) zero connection to in Clemson and Virginia Tech, at least the tickets were cheap.
WASHINGTON -- Collin Smith sank a 3-pointer with three seconds to play and a Jaren Sina steal with a second left sealed a 68-67 win for George Washington over South Florida on Saturday.
The Colonials were trailing 67-63 with 46 seconds left to play when Smith was fouled then hit two from the line to pull George Washington to within two, 67-65. Then he sank the winning 3-pointer after getting the assists from Matt Hart to put the Colonials on top 68-67 with three seconds remaining. On the fast break, Sina stole the ball from South Florida's Jahmal McMurray in the final second to preserve the win.
Smith, a freshman, finished with a career-high 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Tyler Cavanaugh added 16 points and five rebounds.
South Florida led 35-32 at the break and was up 61-55 with 6:28 left in the second period.
McMurray led the Bulls (4-3) with 16 points.