Virginia Tech stays alive in ACC tournament thanks to buzzer-beater


Virginia Tech is not yet ready to prepare for the Selection Sunday watch party.

The Hokies kept their season alive and kickstarted their NCAA Tournament replay in spectacular fashion on Wednesday, beating Clemson 76-75 in overtime on a three-beating buzzer to advance to the quarterfinals.

The game was firmly in Virginia Tech’s control early on, as the Hokies led 43-32 at halftime. The Tigers came out strong in the second half as they were also not ready for their season to potentially end. They fought back to take the lead with 36 seconds left on a Hunter Tyson layup.

After a Clemson timeout, Virginia Tech came out ready to respond. With 20 seconds remaining, Storm Murphy banked a three to put the Hokies up 66-64 as the Tigers called another timeout. They emptied the clock a bit once play resumed, then found PJ Hall for an equalizing jumper. Murphy’s shot on the horn was not good, sending the game into overtime.

Both teams came out cold to start the extra period as no one scored until 2:57, but things heated up as the period progressed. Hall had two free throws with just over a minute left, but Al-Amir Dawes could only knock one down the line with 30 left as Clemson held a two-point lead.

Justyn Mutts went to the line with eight seconds left for Virginia Tech with a chance to tie the game, but he missed the first shot. He connected on second, making it a one-point deficit. Virginia Tech fouls, but Hall also could only make one from the charity strip.

With Clemson leading by two and after a Tigers timeout, the Hokies joined Darius Maddox. He slowly but surely worked his way up the field and, with only one man on him, stopped and stopped for the triple winner. Rustling.




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