Tuesday, March 23, 2010

BIRDS BITE DOGS…

VIRGINIA TECH 65, Connecticut 63 – It seemed a tough out – the football school looking to advance to the quarterfinals of the N.I.T. against a basketball school. Not just a “school,” but a powerhouse just removed from the Final Four last season.

If the Virginia Tech Hokies lacked any confidence about their ability to knock off UConn, Dorenzo Hudson put those fears to rest as he scored 17 of his game-high 27 points in the second half. Two of those points were a critical jump shot late to give the Hokies the lead with 14 seconds left to play.

With the victory, the Hokies tied the school record for wins in a season, moving to 25-8 overall. The 1994-95 team went 25-10 and won the N.I.T. championship.

The Hokies advanced to the quarterfinals, where they will play Rhode Island at home on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. Tech is 17-1 at home this season, with the lone loss coming in double overtime to Maryland.

The Hokies made big plays on both ends of the floor in the final minute. Trailing by one, 63-62, Tech got a big play on defense when Terrell Bell knocked the ball loose from UConn guard Jerome Dyson. Dyson picked up the ball, but stepped on the halfcourt line, which resulted in a backcourt violation with 22.4 seconds to go. Hudson scored the winning points on the next possession.

Game over.
To read more, click here (ESPN) and click here (Roanoke Times).
Box score, click here.

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