Hokies rally to topple No. 1 Duke
Jeff Allen scored 18 points and 15 rebounds, and Virginia Tech ended the game with a 17-7 run to stun No. 1 Duke 64-60 in an ACC game on Saturday night in front of a packed audience at Casse! ll Coliseum.
The win marked Techâ€™s fourth over a No. 1 team in school history â€“ three since joining the ACC. Tech moved to 19-8 overall, 9-5 in the ACC, and the Hokies have now won 15 of their past 19 games. Duke, which saw its seven-game winning streak snapped, fell to 26-3, 12-2.
Then the basketball team polished off the day by rallying in the final seven minutes to beat the Blue Devils. Following the game, Tech fans stormed the floor, much as they did in the 2007 victory over then-No.1 North Carolina. Things looked bleak for the Hokies, who scored just two baskets in an eight-minute span in the second half and found themselves trailing 53-47 after two free throws by Dukeâ€™s Kyle Singler with 7:44 remaining in the game.
But Tech dominated the game the rest of the way. An Allen 3-pointer with 6:30 to go started the Hokiesâ€™ game-ending run. Terrell Bellâ€™s 3-pointer with 4:40 remaining tied the game at 55, and his two free throws with 4:19 left gave the Hokies a 57-55 lead. Allen added another basket with 2:39 to go to give Tech a 59-55 bulge. Singlerâ€™s basket cut the Tech lead to two with 2:27 left, but Tech answered when Delaney connected on arguably the biggest basket of the game. Without a 3-pointer to this point, he buried a 3 from the right wing with 2:01 remaining to push Techâ€™s lead back to five, 62-57.
Bell and Green added 12 points each for Tech, while Delaney and Victor Davila finished with 11. Davila grabbed 10 rebounds for his first double-double of the season.
Singler, who made just 6 of 19 from the floor, paced the Blue Devils with 22 points and 12 rebounds, while Nolan Smith added 18 rebounds. Duke shot just 39.7 percent from the floor and got out-rebounded by the smaller Hokies 44-38