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.