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.
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