Men's Basketball ACCtion: Saturday, November 10

Hokies down ETSU in Johnson's debut as head coach

BLACKSBURG – Erick Green scored 21 points to pace three players in double figures, as the Hokies made a winner of head coach James Johnson in his debut, downing East Tennessee State 80-62 on Saturday at Cassell Coliseum in the season opener for both teams.

Johnson replaced Seth Greenberg in May after the school terminated Greenberg following nine seasons. Johnson had been an assistant under Greenberg for five seasons before leaving in April for what turned out to be a three-week stint as an assistant at Clemson.

“It [the win] means a lot, but it means more for me for the team to come out and play and execute and do the things we’ve been working on since July 6,” Johnson said. “I like what I saw out there from the team. There are some things we have to work on and get better. But it meant a lot that they came out and played hard. They’ve worked hard and prepared themselves for this day, so it’s good that they were able to get the win.”