Virginia Tech tops OSU in NIT Tip-Off

Virginia Tech tops OSU in NIT Tip-Off
November 25, 2011, 10:39 pm
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NEW YORK (AP) -- Erick Green scored 18 points and Virginia Tech, despite not making a field goal over the final 6 minutes, beat Oklahoma State 59-57 on Friday in the third-place game of the NIT Season Tip-Off at Madison Square Garden. The Hokies (4-1) went 10 of 17 from the free throw line over the final 6:01 to hold off the Cowboys (3-2), who got within two points twice. Dorian Finney-Smith, who finished with 10 points and 14 rebounds, hit a 3-pointer with 6:49 to play to give Virginia Tech a 49-40 lead. Two free throws by Jarell Eddie kept the Hokies up 53-44 with 5:27 left. Oklahoma State scored the next seven points to get within 53-51 with 3:37 left on a drive by Jean-Paul Olukemi. The other time the Cowboys got within two was the final margin on a 3-pointer by Keiton Page with 1.4 seconds left. Markel Brown had 14 points and 10 rebounds for Oklahoma State, while Olukemi had 13 points and Page added 11. Virginia Tech, which lost 69-58 to No. 5 Syracuse in the semifinals, took the lead for good with a 14-0 run that gave the Hokies a 21-12 lead with 6:40 left in the first half. The Cowboys went 5:57 without a point, missing two shots and committing four turnovers in the span. The Hokies, who led 32-23 at halftime, are 7-2 at Madison Square Garden since Seth Greenberg became coach in 2003. Oklahoma State, which lost 82-67 to Stanford in the semifinals, won this tournament in 1991. These teams play a regularly scheduled game in Stillwater, Okla., on Dec. 31.