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Erick Greene played with flu-like symptoms against WVU

Dec 10, 2012, 7:15 PM EDT

Erick Green, Markel Brown (22) AP

Erick Greene went for a team-high 23 points and 10 assists on Saturday for Virginia Tech in a 68-67 loss at West Virginia. Green was 8-for-19 overall and 5-for-5 from the free throw line.

He also did that playing with flu-like symptoms, writes Mark Giannotto of The Washington Post.

Greene, a senior, didn’t practice in the three days leading up to the game. He’s second in the nation at 24.6 points per game this season and he dishes out around five assists per game.

Thought Greene did miss a potential game-winner in the contest, the fact that this guy pulled off something pretty impressive. It’s hard enough to play the game at a high level when fully healthy in the system coach James Johnson¬†implements, but to do it while suffering from something that drains the energy and fluids right out of you? Wow.

Greene is the cornerstone of Johnson’s first season in Blacksburg. The Hokies are 7-1 overall and are exceeding expectations in the ACC. Greene is a huge part of that, and sick or not, he’ll need to continue his top-shelf play in order to keep it that way for VT.

David Harten is a sportswriter and college basketball blogger. You can follow him on Twitter at @David_Harten.

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