“I’m hurt. We wanted to come in here and win it,” senior guard Dorenzo Hudson said. “One stop. One rebound. One big stop that we needed that we couldn’t get all year. But we competed all year.”
No. 6 Duke (26-5) will play Miami or Florida State.
And, in a fitting end to a season full of nail-biters, they hung around to the bitter-as-always final horn.
“I feel like people will respect us for it,” Eddie said. “And people should respect us for it. We are a good team. Our record doesn’t reflect it, but we play everybody we play down to the last minute.”
Rivers’ layup and free throw put Duke up 58-51 with 26.4 seconds left and effectively sealed the Blue Devils’ 10th consecutive ACC tournament win.
“We knew it was going to be possession-by-possession game,” said Duke guard Tyler Thornton. “We knew we were going to have to fight on every possession.”
Duke appeared on the verge of putting the game away at numerous points before that, but the Hokies wouldn’t let it happen.
“We didn’t want to go out like that,” Green said. “We wanted to go out fighting. We all went out fighting.”
At the same time, Tech did a strong job with its 3-point defense, as Duke went 2-for-11 from beyond the arc before halftime.View Entire Story
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