January 22, 2012
Hudson lifts Hokies to road win over UVa
By Jimmy Robertson
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  • High Points: 15 - Erick Green
  • High Rebounds: 10 - Jarell Eddie

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia Tech guard Dorenzo Hudson drained a 3-pointer with 16.5 seconds left, and that turned out to be the game winner as the Hokies knocked off in-state rival Virginia 47-45 in an ACC game at John Paul Jones Arena on Sunday night.

With the win, Tech snapped a four-game losing streak, moving to 12-7 overall, 1-4 in the ACC. Virginia, which swept the season series from Tech a year ago, fell to 15-3 overall, 2-2 in the league.

The win marked Tech’s first over a ranked team on the road since beating No. 12 Clemson on Feb. 25, 2009.

“It was basically two teams drawing a line in the sand and not giving an inch,” Tech head coach Seth Greenberg said. “To me, that’s who we have been. Obviously, we have not been that [this season] as much as I would like. But when you’re asking young players to do it for the first time and asking guys to change their roles … it doesn’t mean we have it fixed. But at least we have a base line that we can go back to our guys and say, ‘All right, this is who we need to be. This is who we have always been.’”

In a nip-and-tuck affair, Erick Green gave the Hokies a 42-41 lead on two free throws with 1:52 remaining. UVa’s Mike Scott then turned the ball over, and Tech capitalized, as Hudson hit a short shot with 1:11 left to give the Hokies a 44-41 lead.

Jontel Evans cut the lead to 44-43 with a basket with 50.4 seconds remaining. Tech got the ball, and then called a timeout with 26.4 ticks to go – 11 on the shot clock. Coming out of the timeout, the Hokies worked the ball to Hudson in the corner, and he buried it with 16.5 seconds left in the game to give Tech a 47-43 lead.

“We were going to post up, but they [the Cavaliers] came with a bigger guy on me,” Hudson said. “Erick penetrated, and I stepped up and made a big shot. It felt good coming out of my hand when I shot it.”

“We were just trying to get a quick, flat ball screen,” Greenberg said. “We thought they were going to choke off Jarell [Eddie], and I thought Dorenzo would be ready to shoot the ball – and he was. Fortunately for us, he knocked it down.”

UVa cut the lead to 47-45 with a second remaining after a Joe Harris basket. The Cavaliers fouled Tech’s Robert Brown before any time ran off the clock, but Brown missed the front end of a one-and-one, giving UVa one last opportunity.

Coming out of a timeout, Harris tried to throw a length-of-the-court pass to Scott, but he threw it too far and the pass went off Scott’s hand out of bands. Tech then ran out the clock to seal things.

Green paced the Hokies with 15 points, while Hudson came off the bench for the second straight game and scored 12. He scored 16 in Tech’s previous game against North Carolina.

“He’s doing what I want him to do in terms of giving us an Energizer bunny off the bench,” Greenberg said of Hudson. “He gives us more physicality and toughness. That kid has busted his tail. To see something good happen to him, and to our team in general … again, this is just a baby step. I just told the kids in the locker room, ‘This is terrific. Now, we’ve got to understand how we did this.’”

Three Virginia players scored 10 points each – Scott, Harris and Evans – but the Cavaliers were victimized by poor shooting, both from the field and from the free-throw line. UVa shot 32.6 percent from the floor and 63.6 percent from the free-throw line.

Tech now steps out of conference play for the final time this season, taking on West Coast Conference foe BYU on Wednesday night at Cassell Coliseum. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m.

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