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.
Jarell Eddie added 23 points for the Hokies and Marshall Wood had 13.