Erick Green has had one of the best seasons by an individual player in the ACC for quite some time. Green is the leader for the Virginia Tech Hokies. If he fails to score, then Virginia Tech has no chance against their opponents. This was not the case on Saturday night, though.
On March 2, Green acted as if he had the figurative green light when he had the basketball in his hands against the Clemson Tigers. Virginia Tech beat Clemson 69-61. Green went for 29 points and two rebounds, doing what he does best: score. Other contributors for Virginia Tech include C.J. Barksdale, who had 14 points, eight rebounds and two assists. Robert Brown added 13 points and four rebounds.
Clemson was led by their center, Devin Booker, who finished the game with 17 points and three rebounds. Booker received help from a few teammates. Milton Jennings added 13 points and eight rebounds. Adonis Filer scored 13 points, along with three assists, two rebounds and two steals off the bench.
Although Virginia Tech had more turnovers than Clemson, they managed to control the boards and have a slightly better field goal percentage. Virginia Tech out-rebounded Clemson, 32 to 18.
Green’s performance was just another 20-point game that should etch his name on being a first team all-ACC selection for this season. The jury is still out on whether he will have a chance at becoming the 2013 ACC Player of the Year. He has tough competition from Joe Harris (Virginia Cavaliers), Mason Plumlee (Duke Blue Devils) and Shane Larkin (Miami Hurricanes).