Reports: Hokies hire James Johnson

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Reports: Hokies hire James Johnson

Virginia Tech has hired former Hokies assistant James Johnson to replace Seth Greenberg as head basketball coach, according to multiple media reports.

Greenberg spent nine seasons as the Virginia Tech head coach with one NCAA tournament appearance.

It's reported that Johnson has accepted the position less than two weeks after leaving Virginia Tech for an assistant job at Clemson. Johnson informed Clemson that he would be accepting the Virginia Tech job after interviewing over the weekend.

Before Greenberg was fired on April 24, Virginia Tech athletic director Jim Weaver said he had tried to persuade Johnson to stay by matching his salary offer from Clemson. But Johnson declined, telling Weaver it wasn't about the money.

Johnson, a Virginia native, worked as an assistant at George Mason, Penn State, College of Charleston, Elon and Old Dominion before coming to Virginia Tech in 2007.

Johnson will try to keep the Hokies' top recruits, Marshall Wood from Lynchburg, Va., and Montrezl Harrell from Tarboro, N.C. They would join returning guard Erick Green, forward Cadarian Raines and Dorian Finney-Smith.

The Hokies will look to improve their 16-17 overall record, 4-12 in the ACC.

Behind Ty Outlaws eight three pointers, the Hokies knock off No. 25 Miami

Behind Ty Outlaws eight three pointers, the Hokies knock off No. 25 Miami

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Ty Outlaw scored a career-high 24 points to lead Virginia Tech to a 66-61 victory over No. 25 Miami on Monday night.

Outlaw, who was averaging 5.0 points per game, set a school record with eight 3-pointers for the Hokies (21-8, 10-7 Atlantic Coast Conference), who won their third straight game and fifth in the last six. Virginia Tech also moved to 15-1 at home this season.

Miami (20-9, 10-7), which moved into The Associated Press top-25 for the first time this season earlier in the day, led 50-48 with just under seven minutes to go.

However, the Hokies went on a 12-4 run to take the lead for good. Virginia Tech scored on five straight possessions, with the final five points coming on a 3-pointer by Outlaw and a dunk by Zach LeDay for a 60-54 lead with 2:11 remaining.

Anthony Lawrence led Miami with 18 points.

No. 23 Virginia shuts down No. 5 North Carolina

No. 23 Virginia shuts down No. 5 North Carolina

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Kyle Guy scored 17 points, London Perrantes had 13 and No. 23 Virginia used a small lineup to neutralize No. 5 North Carolina's size in a 53-43 victory Monday night.

Guy connected on five 3-pointers for Virginia (20-9, 10-7 Atlantic Coast Conference) and Perrantes hit three, continuing to emerge from a shooting slump that contributed greatly to a four-game skid for the Cavaliers.

Joel Berry II scored 12 points to lead the Tar Heels (25-6, 13-4), who snapped a four-game winning streak. ACC player of the year contender Justin Jackson, who arrived averaging 19.9 points in league play, was guarded most of the night by Perrantes and scored just seven points and missed seven of his 10 shots.

The Cavaliers opened a 33-23 lead early in the second half, then saw North Carolina scored the next six points to pull to 33-29. But Devon Hall hit a pair of free throws and Guy followed two Tar Heels misses with a 3-pointer. After the Tar Heels trailed 40-39 with 9:26 left, Perrantes made back-to-back 3s for Virginia, rousing the crowd at John Paul Jones Arena to deafening levels. When Jack Salt added a putback that lingered on the rim, then dropped, the outcome seemed certain.

North Carolina, averaging 86.2 points, scored just four points in the game's last 9:26.