Dockery’s halfcourt buzzer-beater gives No. 1 Duke miraculous win
=== Dockery’s halfcourt buzzer-beater gives No. 1 Duke miraculous win ===
Durham, NC (Sports Network) – Sean Dockery hit a halfcourt prayer as time
expired, lifting the top-ranked Duke Blue Devils to a 77-75 come-from-behind
victory over the Virginia Tech Hokies at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Shelden Williams finished with 21 points and had 19 rebounds while Dockery
added 19 points and six steals for Duke (7-0, 1-0 ACC), which improved to
59-0 versus ranked teams at home. J.J. Redick added 18 for the Blue Devils.
Coleman Collins poured in 25 points on 12-of-17 shooting and pulled down
eight rebounds for Virginia Tech (5-3, 0-1), which fell to 0-15 all-time
against Duke in Durham. Zabian Dowdell added 15 points and Jamon Gordon
contributed 11 for the Hokies.
Duke opened its biggest lead of the game at 74-63 with a little more than four
minutes left after Redick sank a step-back jumper from the free-throw line,
but the Hokies responded with a 12-0 run to take the lead.
Collins’ dunk cut Duke’s lead to 74-72 with under a minute left in the game,
and after Redick missed a jumper with under 30 seconds left to go, Virginia
Tech grabbed the rebound and called a timeout. The inbounds pass was knocked
loose, but Dockery fouled Gordon to force a one-and-one situation. He sank the
first, but the second shot clanged off the back of the rim and was rebounded
by Williams, who was immediately fouled.
Williams missed the front end of a one-and-one, and after Dowdell dribbled
down court and missed a running one-hander in the lane, Collins converted a
one-handed putback to give the Hokies a 75-74 lead with 1.6 seconds
But then, the Duke heroics came.
Dockery took the inbounds pass at halfcourt, took one dribble and threw up a
miraculous shot that rattled around the rim before falling through to give the
Blue Devils an improbable two-point win.
After the teams traded baskets from the opening tip to a 20-20 tie, Duke went
on an 8-0 spurt, including six points from Redick, to establish an eight-point
advantage. Virginia Tech battled back and took a 34-33 lead after Wynton
Witherspoon nailed a three-pointer with 56 seconds left in the first half.
Martynas Pocius hit a layup to briefly give the Blue Devils the lead, but a
running one-hander by Dowdell with 10 seconds remaining gave the Hokies a
36-35 advantage at the break.
After halftime, Virginia Tech opened a three-point lead before Duke went on a
6-0 run to retake the lead at 41-38.
The Hokies went on a 6-0 spurt moments later to regain a 48-44 lead with 13:48
to play. Duke, though, responded with a 7-2 run, capped by Williams’ jumper,
to take a 51-48 lead with 12:10 left in the game, which set up the great
Duke is 38-15 in its 53 league openers, including a 20-6 mark under head coach
Mike Krzyzewski…Duke posted a 100-65 win over Virginia Tech at Cameron
Indoor Stadium last year. The Hokies rebounded to top Duke, 67-65, at Cassell
Coliseum later in the year.