BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Erick Green scored a career-high 27 points to help Virginia Tech pull away from Appalachian State 87-76 on Friday.
Virginia Tech, which is off to a 5-0 start for the first time since the 1984-85 season, put the game away with a 13-2 run late in the second half. Green scored six points in the run, including a one-handed slam with 4:51 remaining that capped the run and gave the Hokies a 73-60 lead.
Appalachian State (1-4) got no closer than 11 points the rest of the game. Jay Canty led the Mountaineers with 21 points.
Green made 8 of 15 from the floor and all 11 of his free-throw attempts. He has made 31 consecutive free throws. The Hokies made 30 of their 39 free-throw attempts.
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.