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By John R. Bolton
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Topic - Dorenzo Hudson
As he stood in the locker room at Philips Arena on Friday, minutes after his Virginia Tech career had ended in a 60-56 loss to Duke, senior guard Dorenzo Hudson looked around at all his young teammates and thought about how much college basketball they still had ahead of them
Tyler Thornton scored a career-high 13 points, Austin Rivers hustled for a clinching three-point play and No. 6 Duke survived an ugly performance against cold-shooting Virginia Tech, beating the Hokies 60-56 in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament Friday night.
As the Virginia Tech men's basketball team rode the bus back from Duke last week, after another down-to-the-wire, punch-in-the-gut loss, the only senior to play for the Hokies that night said something to his teammates.
Austin Rivers scored 23 points, Seth Curry added 19 and No. 5 Duke held off Virginia Tech 70-65 in overtime Saturday.
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.
In a game in which both teams went all-in on defense, it was Virginia Tech's Dorenzo Hudson who bucked the trend, hitting a 3-point shot to lift the Hokies to a 47-45 victory, their first in ACC play.
A rare nonconference rematch between Virginia Tech and Oklahoma State didn't end up all that different than the first meeting.
"I hope they take something from this," Hudson said, his voice dripping with envy.
"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."