BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Erick Green tied a career high with 25 points to lift Virginia Tech past Rhode Island 69-50 on Monday night.
Green scored 17 of his 25 in the first half, as the Hokies (2-0) jumped out to a 13-0 lead and never trailed. Rhode Island missed its first seven shots from the floor and didn't score in the first 5:08 of the game.
The Rams (0-2) cut the lead to 28-24 on a basket by Xavier Munford with 1:59 left in the first half. But the Hokies scored the last eight points of the half -- six of those coming on two Green 3-pointers -- to take a 36-24 lead at halftime. Rhode Island got no closer than 11 the rest of the game.
Green hit 8 of 15 from the floor, including four 3-pointers.
Munford led the Rams with 24 points.
Seton Hall sophomore Isaiah Whitehead will stay in the NBA draft and not return for his junior season.
Washington State's trio of Josh Hawkinson, Conor Clifford and Ike Iroegbu have withdrawn from the NBA draft and will play their senior season with the Cougars.
Gonzaga center Przemek Karnowski, who missed most of last season with a back injury, says he is returning for another year.