Wish I had been in Las Vegas to see this one: the Hokies rallied to beat Bradley 66-65 in OT in the Las Vegas Classic at the Orleans Arena to improve to 9-2 on the season.
Tech, which won despite having only seven healthy scholarship players, will face the Colorado State-Portland winner at 11:30 p.m. Sunday in a game that will air on the CBS Sports Network.
Bradley (8-3) led 65-60 with 49 seconds left in OT.
Joey van Zegeren made one of two free throws to cut the lead with 40 seconds left.
Walk-on forward Christan Beyer got the rebound after Bradley’s Dyricus Simms-Edwards missed a free throw. Erick Green madea layup and a free throw to cut the lead to 65-64 with 26 seconds to go.
After a Beyer steal, Green made another layup for a 66-65 lead with 21 seconds left.
Bradley’s Walt Lemon Jr. missed two free throws with 11 seconds to go. Bradley got the offensive rebound, but Lemon missed a jumper with 3 seconds remaining.
Tech trailed 35-25 at the half.
Down 46-35 with 12:06 left in the second half, the Hokies went on an 18-5 run to grab a 53-51 lead with 4:47 left in regulation. Beyer tied the score at 51 with two free throws and Green gave Tech the 53-51 lead with two free throws. Green and Jarell Eddie each had six points in the run, with Cadarian Raines adding four points.
Bradley tied the score, but Green made a layup for a 55-53 lead with 2:03 left in regulation.
Lemon made a layup to tie the score with nine seconds left in regulation. Green missed a jumper with 3 seconds left,
Tech had 24 turnovers and shot 41.1 percent from the field to Bradley’s 36.5 percent. Tech was 16 of 25 from the free-throw line to Bradley’s 11 of 18. Bradley had eight 3-pointers, twice as many as Tech, but Tech had 43 rebounds to Bradley’s 36.
Green (11 of 20 from the field) had 31 points (career high) and eight rebounds, He had 8 of Tech’s 11 OT points.
Eddie (5 of 14) had 12 points. Raines (6 of 11) had 16 points and nine rebounds, a good sign for Tech.
C.J. Barksdale had no points. But Beyer played 27 minutes in the absence of injured forward Marshall Wood. Beyer had three points, nine boards and two steals. Beyer, in his first season on the team, had played a total of 15 minutes entering the game.
Van Zegeren had two points.