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Thomas M. Ryan CenterKingston, RI

KINGSTON, R.I. (AP) -- Erick Green scored 18 of 24 points in the second half to lead Virginia Tech to a 78-67 non-conference victory over struggling Rhode Island Wednesday night.

Jarrell Eddie added 15 points and six rebounds and Cadarian Raines came off the bench with 12 as the Hokies (6-3) broke a two-game losing streak. The loss was URI's fifth in a row and sent the Rams to their first 1-8 start since 1983-84.

Nikola Malesevic led URI (1-8) with a season-high 23 points.

Green, who came in averaging 16.1 points per game, scored seven points in a 17-7 spurt over a 4:50 span, bringing Virginia Tech from two points down into an eight-point lead. Green missed a 1-and-1 chance in the closing minutes.

He was 10-for-14 from the floor, 2-for-5 from 3-point range and also had three steals.

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