BROOKLYN, NY – Trailing 75-73 with 6.7 seconds left, Darius Maddox took the ball the length of the court and hit the game-winning 3-pointer to send Virginia Tech into the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament.
Maddox’s shot secured a 76-75 win for the Hokies and punched their ticket to the ACC Tournament quarterfinals for the third time in four years.
The Hokies (20-12) had two players score in double figures, led by Keve Alumawho recorded a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Storm Murphy added 15 points and four assists and Justyn Mutts added nine points, 10 rebounds and two blocks.
The Virginia Tech offense was very productive from beyond the arc, knocking down 12 threes on 28 attempts. Murphy was the most prolific shooter for the Hokies, draining five treys in the contest.
Virginia Tech did a great job disrupting Clemson shots in the contest, coming away with five blocks. Mutts’ two rejections led the way individually for the Hokies.
How It Happened
In the first 10 minutes of Wednesday night’s contest, both teams were feeling each other out and going bucket-for-bucket. Between the 9:31 and 5:41 mark in the first half, the Hokies put together a 14-3 run to grow a 10-point lead. Having had 15 points from the bench at that point, Murphy took the reins and scored 12-consecutive points for the Hokies (4-4 on 3FG). With that burst, Virginia Tech took a 43-32 lead into the break.
Virginia Tech then surrendered that advantage as Clemson forced overtime by tying things up at 66-66 by the end of the second half. Virginia Tech shot well from three-point range in the half, hitting four shots from deep to score 12 of its 23 points.
Virginia Tech then took care of business in extra time, outscoring Clemson 10-9 to seize victory by the 76-75 final score.
» Maddox hit a game-winner as time expired.
» Keve Aluma notched a double-double for the Hokies with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
» The Hokies shot well from three point range, knocking down 12 of 28 long range attempts.
» The Virginia Tech bench came alive by scoring 23 points to its scoring output.
» Virginia Tech had a 36-29 edge on the boards in the win.
» The Hokies were active in affecting shots on the defensive end, tallying five blocks as a team.
» Keve Aluma led the Hokies with a game-high 19 points.
» Justyn Mutts and Keve Aluma led Virginia Tech with a game-high 10 rebounds apiece.