November 24, 2007

Bulldogs Beat Virginia Tech In The Great Alaska Shootout Semifinals

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Mike Green scored 12 points and had a key assist in overtime and No. 22 beat Virginia Tech 84-78 in the semifinals of the Great Alaska Shootout on Friday night.

Green, who scored just 11 points in regulation, took over in the extra period. He scored the first basket in overtime on a drive in the key, sank two free throws and found Pete Campbell open for a 3-pointer along the baseline.

Green hit his own 3-pointer and sank 5-of-6 free throws down the stretch.

The Bulldogs (5-0) overcame 21 points by Hokie freshman Jeff Allen, who tied the game with 14 seconds left in regulation but missed a free throw that would have given Virginia Tech the lead.

No more than three points separated the teams over the first 10 minutes.

The Hokies game plan -- pounding the ball inside against the smaller Bulldog defenders -- became apparent early. Allen scored eight of his team's first 12 points, muscling past Butler defenders for baseline drives.

Butler countered with long-range shooting and pinpoint passing. Julian Betko and Pete Campbell each had a pair of 3-pointers to put the Bulldogs up 18-14 midway through the first half.

A.J. Graves, who had five assists in the first half, missed his first five shots but his 3-pointer with 2:13 remaining helped Butler match its biggest lead, 30-23. Allen's putback and a 3-pointer by Hank Thorns -- Virginia Tech's only one of the half -- closed the gap to 30-28 at halftime.

Virginia Tech (2-1) took its only lead of the second half, 33-22, when A.D. Vassallo hit a 3-pointer with just under two minutes gone in the second half. Butler retook the lead on Campbell's 3-pointer with 16:51 remaining and led by as many as nine but couldn't shake the youthful Hokies.

Campbell finished with 26 points for the Bulldogs and shot 7-for-13 3-pointers. Graves had 17 points and six assists.

Vassallo had 19 points for the Hokies and Deron Washington had 14.