Duke loses in OT

DURHAM, N.C. - Virginia Tech had its heart broken in this situation before, clinging to a slim lead in the final moments at hostile Cameron Indoor Stadium.


Last year, Duke's Sean Dockery crushed the Hokies' spirit with a 40-footer at the buzzer. As the seconds ticked away Saturday, it looked like it would be Greg Paulus' turn.

"For a second, I thought it was going to happen again," Virginia Tech forward Deron Washington said.

"Then I thought, 'There's no way. We can't lose this game again.' We had to try to get this win somehow."

That's when Washington did something.

He blocked Paulus' 3-point shot as time expired in overtime, ensuring there would be no last-second heroics for No. 5 Duke and sealing the Hokies' 69-67 upset of the Blue Devils.

"It beats the end of the game last year," Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg said.

Jamon Gordon gave Virginia Tech (11-4, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) the lead for good with 31 seconds left in overtime. After a timeout, the Hokies worked the ball to Gordon and he slashed to the basket and floated a shot over the Duke defense for a 68-67 lead.

David McClure missed an 18-footer on Duke's next possession, and the Blue Devils (13-2, 0-1) were forced to foul A.D. Vassallo with 7.5 seconds left. He made the first free throw, but missed the second.

After a sloppy trip up the court, Washington blocked Paulus' shot at the buzzer, sealing the Hokies' biggest win in years and giving them redemption for their last-second defeat here last season.

Zabian Dowdell had 20 points to lead the Hokies, who became just the fourth unranked team since 1998 to beat Duke at Cameron.