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Three stars: UNC Greensboro

Erick Green earns the third star award for his 26-point night against UNC Greensboro

For the first time all season on Monday night, the Hokies faced some real adversity. UNC-Greensboro put up a fight, leading with as little as five minutes remaining in the game, but James Johnson’s team responded in the final minutes by putting the Spartans away by a final score of 96-87. We acknowledge three Hokies whose performances stood out in this edition of “Three Stars”.

Third star: Erick Green

Green had possibly his worst overall performance of the season to date. “Worst” is a very loose term in this instance. He was only 4-15 from the field, forcing a lot of shots in the middle of the second half and playing sloppy defense at points during the game, but he still finished with a career high 26 points, due largely in part to his 16-16 effort from the free throw line. The most important part of that 16-16…? Green was 12-12 in the final four minutes of the game. He put the Hokies on his back when they needed him to the most. Green didn’t just contribute points, he led the team with six assists on Monday night, had three rebounds, a block and a steal as well.

Second star: Will Johnston

Johnston has announced his presence to the fan base. The walk-on sharp shooter was 5-10 from behind the 3-point arc heading into the game against UNCG, a crisp 50-percent. He went 3-3 from deep on Monday, all quickly in secession in the first half, to raise that average to 61.5-percent. He has proven that he can shoot efficiently and effectively, and is this Hokies team’s secret weapon. He was the first player off the bench and provided ten solid minutes in this game, and will be expected to contribute in every contest. So far, he has proven that he is capable of doing just that.

First star: Jarell Eddie

Eddie had his best game as a Hokie on Monday night. He dominated. He acknowledged early in the game that his man couldn’t guard him, and he completely took advantage of that. Eddie was 7-9 from the field, 5-5 from three, and 9-10 from the free throw line. It is hard to be more efficient than that. He hit a three pointer as the buzzer sounded at the end of the first half to give the Hokies some momentum heading into the second half and then made 5-6 free throws down the stretch to finish off the Spartans. He finished the game with a career high 28 points, but he wasn’t just effective on the offensive end. On a night where a lot of the team played poor defensively, Eddie was among the best at sticking to his defensive principles of rotating and challenging shots. He boxed-out well and all-in-all, filled up the stat sheet. He finished the night with five rebounds, two assists and three blocks to go along with his 28 points. Eddie has taken his game to a completely different level in the early part of this season.

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