No miracle this time as Hokies stun No. 5 Duke in OT
Durham, NC (Sports Network) – There was no Sean Dockery heave this time, as
Greg Paulus’ off-balance three-pointer was blocked by Deron Washington at the
buzzer in overtime and Virginia Tech upset fifth-ranked Duke, 69-67, at
Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Dockery is now playing professionally in Germany, but on December 4, 2005 his
40-foot heave at the horn gave the Blue Devils a victory over the Hokies.
This year, Jamon Gordon’s running jumper with 30.9 seconds left in overtime,
Virginia Tech’s only field goal of the extra session, gave the Hokies a 68-67
David McClure missed a short jumper on the other end before A.D. Vassallo made
1-of-2 from the charity stripe. The Hokies entered the game shooting 62.7
percent from the line as a team, but made 13-of-18 on Saturday.
The ball ended up in Paulus’ hands, but Washington’s long frame flew into view
from the guard’s right and the block occurred just before the clock hit all
It capped a game to forget for Paulus, who didn’t score with six turnovers to
one assist in 18 minutes. DeMarcus Nelson scored 22 points with five rebounds
and Josh McRoberts contributed 16 points and 10 boards for Duke (13-2, 0-1
ACC), which saw its 10-game winning streak in conference openers come to an
Zabian Dowdell tallied 20 points and Gordon donated 17 points for the Hokies
(11-4, 2-0), who have won seven of their last eight. Virginia Tech’s four
losses this season have been by a total of just 10 points.
It appeared they were headed toward heartbreak city again when Nelson sent the
game into overtime with a contested three-pointer that squared the contest at
64-64 with 19 seconds left in regulation.
The second half featured big shots on both ends.
The Blue Devils took their largest lead to that point, 51-49, on a
McRoberts’ layup with 11:37 on the clock. It came with Nelson on the bench
after picking up his fourth foul with 14:05 left.
Foul trouble became a major issue even with Nelson on the floor. Dowdell’s up-
and-under jumper on a passive Nelson gave the Hokies a 57-56 lead with 6:46
remaining before McRoberts answered on the other end to put Duke up by one.
That set up the tight finish.
Duke went through a nightmare start to ACC play. The Hokies jumped out to an
8-0 lead helped in large part by four Blue Devil turnovers in the game’s first
three minutes. Gordon’s layup opened the 8-0 lead, as Duke didn’t get off a
shot until its fifth possession.
It rebounded to tie the game twice in the opening half, but still trailed
38-33 after 20 minutes.
Duke committed 22 turnovers that resulted in 20 Virginia Tech points…
Virginia Tech shot 43.3 percent from the floor, while Duke drained 48.9
percent of its shots…Jon Scheyer had 12 points and fellow freshman Gerald
Henderson had 10 for Duke…Washington and Coleman Collins had 11 points
apiece for the Hokies.