Men's Basketball ACCtion: Monday, December 10

Dec. 10, 2012

Green and Rankin Lift Hokies Past Mississippi Valley State

BLACKSBURG – Erick Green scored 23 points and Marquis Rankin added a career-high 10 to lead Virginia Tech past Mississippi Valley State 70-49 in the opening round of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic at Cassell Coliseum on Monday night.

The Hokies came out sluggish in the early going, falling behind the Delta Devils 22-20 after Mississippi Valley State’s Matt Smith scored the second of back-to-back baskets with 6:28 left in the first half. But Green’s two free throws started a 10-0 run, and the Hokies never trailed again. He scored six of the 10 points in that run.