- - Saturday, February 18, 2012

BLACKSBURG, Va. — Dorenzo Hudson subbed into the game on the final play to be a passer. He ended it on the floor under a pile of his teammates as the savior.

Hudson flung in a desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer in overtime to give Virginia Tech a thrilling 74-73 win over Georgia Tech on Saturday at Cassell Coliseum.

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With 3.5 seconds to go, Hudson inbounded the ball to Jarell Eddie, who fumbled the pass and got trapped near the sideline. He pushed a pass out to Hudson, who heaved in the game-winner as the horn went off.

“I was hoping it’d go in,” said Hudson, a senior playing through an assortment of injuries, including a knee that may require surgery after the season. “I never seen the ball go in. When I fell, my teammates started jumping on me so I knew the ball went in.”

Hudson wasn’t originally on the floor, Tech coach Seth Greenberg said, but he entered the game to throw the inbounds pass.

Said Greenberg: “I subbed Dorenzo in, not because I thought he was going to make that shot, but because he’s our best in-bounder. It was good to see him make the shot.”

Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory said his players weren’t supposed to trap Eddie in the corner. But, sensing a chance to end the game, they ad-libbed. It proved costly.

“It’s unfortunate. We don’t trap,” Gregory said. “The trap in the corner led to the open shot. It’s difficult to fight the temptation to go down there. We’re a pretty good defensive team and in crucial situations you need to stick to your defense.”

The Yellow Jackets had taken a 73-71 lead on an improbable falling-down floater in the lane by junior guard Mfon Udofia with under six seconds to play in overtime.

“It’s a tough shot, but obviously he’s made that shot many times before,” Gregory said. “It was a pretty good decision because with only nine seconds left on the clock, you want to get that ball up on the glass and have a chance for a second shot.”

Hudson’s heroics dropped Georgia Tech to 0-6 all-time at Cassell and gave the Hokies (15-12, 4-8) their third straight home win, a nice bit of momentum going into Tuesday’s game in Blacksburg against rival Virginia.

Junior guard Erick Green led the Hokies with 14 points. Maybe more significantly, Virginia Tech got scoring from some other sources too.

Sophomore forward Cadarian Raines scored 13 points, Eddie added 12 and freshman guard Robert Brown scored 10.

It was an impressive effort coming just one day after a tough-to-swallow loss at Florida State.

Sophomore forward Kammeon Holsey led Georgia Tech (9-17, 2-10) with 18 points. Udofia added 15. The Yellow Jackets outrebounded VT 32-18 for the game, but the Hokies took better care of the basketball, committing just five turnovers while forcing 14 by Georgia Tech.

The Hokies hit 12 of their first 13 free throws against Georgia Tech. But with a chance to win in regulation, Raines missed a pair with 1:33 to go and the game tied 65-65.

Raines had another chance to give Virginia Tech the lead about 40 seconds later.

Eddie missed a 3-pointer and Raines soared in, grabbed the ball one-handed in the air and tried to slam it through the hoop. But Raines’ dunk attempt rimmed out. The Hokies were held without a point for the final 2:11 of regulation and without a field goal for the last 4:59 before overtime.

The Hokies played without injured senior forward Victor Davila (groin). Greenberg said Davila’s status for Tuesday’s game against the Cavaliers is uncertain.

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