Green’s jumper in the lane with five seconds left in regulation hit off the rim and Cadarian Raines’ attempted stick-back with two seconds left hit off the backboard.
And in overtime, No. 5 Duke put the Hokies away, winning 70-65 on Saturday at packed and rowdy Cameron Indoor Stadium.
“I wanted to go one-on-one, clear the court out, go flat,” Green, a junior guard, said. “I had him with the first move, I had him going back. I should have pulled up on the first move instead of waiting on the second move.”
In overtime, freshman guard Austin Rivers drew three fouls, although he hit just three of his six free throws, to help the Blue Devils (25-4, 12-2 ACC) fend off the surprisingly pesky Hokies (15-14, 4-10).
“It’d be nice to win by 20 and then be able to sit, but Virginia Tech is a great basketball team,” Rivers said. “That’s a team that you’re not going to do that with. You’re not going to blow out Virginia Tech.”
Rivers finished with a game-high 23 points. Junior guard Seth Curry scored 15 of his 19 points after halftime, helping hand Tech its latest narrow defeat in an increasingly frustrating season full of close losses.
Five of the team’s last six games going into Saturday have come down to a single basket, and Virginia Tech was 3-2 in that stretch. On the year, it is now 5-9 in games decided by five points or less.
Saturday, the Hokies erased a five-point deficit in the final seven minutes, but scored only two baskets in the final four minutes of regulation.
“At no point in the game I felt like we were beat at all,” said senior guard Dorenzo Hudson, who was one of three Hokies with 16 points.
His 3-pointer with 1:29 left in regulation put Tech up 58-55.
After a Mason Plumlee put-back, Rivers had a chance to give Duke the lead. But he hit just one of two free throws with 32 seconds left, tying the game 58-58.
That set up Green’s chance to be the hero.
“We just weren’t able to finish,” Tech coach Seth Greenberg said. “The last possession of the [regulation], we wanted to go flat for Erick, try to get him in the lane if they helped up. We got what we wanted.”