Monday, February 13, 2012

Sunday ACC Basketball: Hokies Win On Last Second Shot

THE GAME-WINNER (Matt Gentry/Roanoke Times/AP Photo)
VIRGINIA TECH 66, BOSTON COLLEGE 65 - When Virginia Tech's Dorian Finney-Smith saw teammate Robert Brown's 3-point attempt in the waning moments bounce off the rim and up into the air, he knew exactly what was going to take place.

"It was slow motion," Finney-Smith said. "I was like, `Oh yeah, I've got this.’ We've had a lot of close games. It feels really good to pull out one."

Dorian Finney-Smith scored 17 points, including the tip-in with 1.8 seconds left.
The game-winning shot came after Boston College's Jordan Daniels missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 26.2 seconds remaining. Virginia Tech (14-11, 3-7 ACC) had called a timeout with 10.1 seconds left, and the Hokies got the ball to Erick Green, who drove down the lane and threw it to Brown. The sophomore launched a 3-pointer at the top of the key with 4 seconds left that bounced off the rim, but Finney-Smith tipped it in to give the Hokies a one-point lead.

Boston College (8-17, 3-8) called a timeout for a final attempt. Lonnie Jackson took a long 3-pointer just inside of the halfcourt line that was off the mark, and Virginia Tech prevailed, winning for the second time in three games after losing three straight and six of seven.

LONNIE JACKSON and ERICK GREEN (Matt Gentry/AP)
"They grew up a little bit tonight," Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg said of his team. They showed they wanted to win. They showed great resiliency. They showed some toughness.”

Finney-Smith hit 7 of 10 from the floor and grabbed eight rebounds to pace the Hokies, who trailed for much of the game. The freshman from Portsmouth, Va., came off the bench for just the second time this season, as Greenberg shook up his lineup following the Hokies' ugly 65-49 loss at Miami on Thursday night.

 Greenberg started freshman C.J. Barksdale for the first time this season and inserted guard Dorenzo Hudson back into the starting lineup. Hudson had come off the bench the previous seven games -- with the Hokies going 2-5 in that stretch -- but he carried the Hokies down the stretch against Boston College, scoring all 11 of his points in the final 10 minutes.

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