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Erick Green's big shot for Virginia Tech

In the end, Virginia Tech's chances against Maryland came down to one final shot. And Erick Green was the Hokies player with the ball in his hand for that shot.

With 3 seconds in double overtime, Green hoisted a three-pointer from the corner. The shot clanged off the back rim and Maryland's Sean Mosley grabbed the rebound. Mosley's free throws with 1 second remaining put a cap on the Terrapins' 104-100 win.

It might have been surprising that Green, a freshman, and not leading scorers Malcolm Delaney or Dorenzo Hudson, was taking the shot. But it's hard to fault Green because he had an open look, and he's been a 30-percent shooter from three-point range.

"Erick had room and rhythm," Virginia Tech Coach Seth Greenberg said of the play. "I just wish we brought it at the defense a little faster. But, I mean, Erick makes that shot. He makes that shot in practice."

While Hokies fans surely would have liked to have seen Green make that shot, it was surely a positive sign to see the freshman have the confidence to take a game-changing shot like that.

Earlier in the year, coaches and players said one of the biggest elements of Green's development needed to occur with his court presence. They looked for Green to play with more assertiveness, with a certain swagger that he lacked at the time. Since then, he has shown some growth in that area, and has been one of the Hokies' best players off the bench.

After missing the last-ditch shot against Maryland, Green hung his head as he walked across the court. But he had showed, again, that his confidence is continuing to grow.

By Mark Viera  |  March 1, 2010; 10:15 AM ET
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It was a good look and Erick had the chance to square up and get a good shot away. Unfortunately, it just didn't go down. But it was the right decision and, like the writer of this blog, I'm happy to see that he had the self-confidence to shoot it without hesitation.

Posted by: danram | March 1, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

hopefully its not a confidence killer

Posted by: follybeach | March 1, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Erick will be a good player someday, but he is 3-30 shooting in the last eleven games - all against ACC opponents. It is one thing to score against North Carolina Central, another thing altogether against the ACC. Not sure where that confidence or swagger is coming from...

Posted by: colonel4lyf | March 1, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

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