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On a midspring afternoon, Erick Green's last season at Virginia Tech was plunged into doubt.
After a spring of tumult, James Johnson is Virginia Tech's basketball coach, the rare longtime assistant whose first chance to run a program comes in the ACC. And he brings with him a message, manner and approach all aimed the same direction. "My voice," Johnson said recently, "is opportunistic."
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.
Tanner Smith had 14 points including the game-winning foul shots in his final game at Littlejohn Coliseum and Clemson held on to beat Virginia Tech 58-56 on Thursday night.
Austin Rivers scored 23 points, Seth Curry added 19 and No. 5 Duke held off Virginia Tech 70-65 in overtime Saturday.
When Virginia Tech traveled to Chestnut Hill on Jan. 14, it played without Erick Green, its top scoring threat and most accomplished open court player.
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.
Dennis Clifford scored 15 points and Matt Humphrey added 14 to lead Boston College to its second straight conference win in a 61-59 victory over Virginia Tech on Saturday.
Virginia Tech's young basketball team wasn't ready for the start of ACC play.