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Virginia Tech outruns VMI

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Virginia Tech outruns VMI

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) -- In Virginia Tech's last game, point guard Erick Green had no idea he needed one more point to top his career high until a teammate told him -- and then Green proceeded to miss two free throws late that prevented him from breaking it.

Heading into Thursday night's game against the Virginia Military Institute, he knew ahead of time exactly how many points he needed to reach the 1,000-point milestone.

"Twitter, man," he said, laughing. "Twitter tells you everything."

Green needed 13 points and easily took care of that, scoring 23 points to help the Hokies to a 95-80 victory over Virginia Military Institute.

The Hokies (3-0), who had five players in double figures, used a 19-3 run early in the first half to break open a close game, take a 28-15 lead and never trail again. A Green 3-pointer started the run in which five different players scored.

Virginia Tech led 46-30 at halftime and then opened the second half with a 12-2 run to build a 26-point bulge. The Hokies, who are adapting to new coach James Johnson's fast-paced philosophies, would later lead by as many as 31.

For the second time in three games, the Hokies scored 80 points or more. A year ago, Virginia Tech scored 80 or more just three times the entire season.

"The guys are buying into it," Johnson said. "They're doing a very good job. When you talk about running and talking about playing fast, everyone wants to play that way. But it's tough to do. I think the guys are buying into it, and I think they're in condition to play that way. I'm pleased with the way it's going so far."

Green, who hit a jumper in that 12-2 run for his 1,000th point, connected on 9 of 13 from the floor as the Hokies shot 52.9 percent for the game (36 of 68). Virginia Tech made 11 of 24 from beyond the 3-point arc.

"I try not to worry about that stuff," Green said of his milestone. "It's a great accomplishment, but I'm just glad we got the win."

Jarell Eddie scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds and Robert Brown added 11 points, but Virginia Tech also got big games from post players Cadarian Raines and C.J. Barksdale. The 6-foot-9 Raines notched his second double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while the 6-8 Barksdale added a career-high 11 points. Barksdale, a sophomore, had not scored in double figures in his career.

"The bottom line is they made shots," VMI coach Duggar Baucom said. "They didn't come into the game shooting 46 percent from 3, I can tell you that. They made some unbelievable shots. Eddie in the second half was very good and Will Johnston (a walk-on who hit three 3-pointers) is barely on our scouting report, and he went 3 for 6. Marshall Wood came into the game 0 for 8 and he went 2 for 3.

"So that's 15 points, and it's a 15-point game. I wasn't terribly disappointed in our defense. They broke us down some, but if they shoot it 11 for 24 in the ACC, they'll be good. Really good."

Poor shooting plagued VMI (1-3), which shot just 40 percent from the floor (28 of 70). The Keydets, who used a 16-0 run late in the game against Virginia Tech's backups to cut the final deficit, got a career-high 23 points from D.J. Covington.

Wilmer Difo homers but Phillies top Nats

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Wilmer Difo homers but Phillies top Nats

WASHINGTON -- Rhys Hoskins hit a two-run homer, Vince Velasquez pitched five effective innings and the Philadelphia Phillies snapped Washington's six-game win streak with a 3-1 victory over the Nationals on Saturday.

Velasquez (2-4) allowed one run and one hit in his first win since April 7. He also struck out four, walked four and hit a batter.

Edubray Ramos, Tommy Hunter, Luis Garcia and Hector Neris then combined for four innings of one-hit relief. Neris earned his sixth save.

Trea Turner led off the Washington ninth with a walk and was running when Matt Wieters popped out to short right field. Turner, who slid into second, lost track of the ball and was easily doubled off first.

Wilmer Difo homered for Washington. Third baseman Anthony Rendon went 0 for 2 with two walks after missing 19 games with what the team called a contusion to his toe.

Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark (2-3) tied his season high with nine strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. He was charged with three runs and six hits.

Andrew Stevenson accounted for Washington's other hit, a one-out single in the sixth. Pedro Severino followed with a walk, but Ramos induced a double-play grounder from Rafael Bautista.

Cesar Hernandez opened the game with a single off Roark and Hoskins homered to center on a 3-2 pitch. It was his fifth of the season.

Maikel Franco provided an insurance run when he followed Carlos Santana's one-out triple with a single in the sixth.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Phillies: RHP Ben Lively (lower back strain) threw 20 pitches in a bullpen session. Lively was placed on the disabled list April 27. ... Manager Gabe Kapler said RHP Pat Neshek (shoulder strain) will throw a bullpen session as the next step in his rehabilitation. Neshek has not appeared in a game this season.

Nationals: 1B Ryan Zimmerman was scratched from the lineup due to stiffness in his side, according to manager Dave Martinez. ... RHP Trevor Gott, who sprained an ankle in the sixth inning Friday night, is day to day.

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The winners of the last three NL Cy Young Awards square off when Philadelphia's Jake Arrieta (3-1, 3.49 ERA) opposes Max Scherzer (6-1, 1.79 ERA). Arrieta won the award in 2015 with the Cubs and Scherzer, the National League Pitcher of the Month for April, has claimed the honor each of the last two seasons.

Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State

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Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State

The pieces are starting to come together for Patrick Ewing.

On Monday the Georgetown Hoyas picked up perhaps the biggest (literally and figuratively) target of the transfer market, Omer Yurtseven.

From North Carolina State, the transfer from Istanbul Turkey will have two years remaining of eligibility. Due to NCAA transfer rules, he is not allowed to play for the 2018-19 season.

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Standing at 7-0, the center helped power the Wolfpack to an NCAA tournament bid this past season. Averaging 13.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks a contest, Yurstseven earned All-ACC Third Team honors in the 2017-18 season. He also touted a 58.3 shooting percentage and was not afraid to pull it up from deep either (22 made three-pointers).

NC State lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to No. 8 Seton Hall, but he was limited due to foul trouble with only two points and two rebounds in 14 minutes of play.

Initially, he is the option to fill the void that Jessie Govan will leave, whether that is during this offseason or next. Already the team has lost power forward Marcus Derrickson

Yurtseven will just be another frontcourt talent for Ewing with the Hoyas.

It was widely reported that he was considering playing options, both in the United States and abroad before this announcement. Easily he has the talent to go in first round of the NBA Draft whichever year he declares.

On the same day, the Hoyas also announced the signing of four-star guard James Akinjo.