No. 1 Duke Falls To Virginia Tech In Blacksburg, 64-60

Another No. 1 fell on Saturday night as the Virginia Tech Hokies dropped the Duke Blue Devils in Blacksburg, 64-60

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Duke Vs. Virginia Tech Final Score: Hokies Pull Off The Upset In Blacksburg, 64-60

The Virginia Tech Hokies used a late 9-0 run in the second half to came from behind and upset the No. 1 Duke Blue Devils on Saturday night, 64-60. Virginia Tech took a two-point lead into halftime, only to see it evaporate in the second half as the Blue Devils came storming back. It all came down to free throws, with Duke and Virginia Tech trading misses with the game on the line.

Kyle Singler had a shot at the tie with 30 seconds to go, but saw his three-point attempt rim out. Erick Green got the rebound and was immediately fouled, but couldn’t hit either free throw attempts, keeping it a one-possession game.

On the other end, Duke’s Mason Plumlee hit one of two free throws with just over 20 seconds left to make it a two-point game. Virginia Tech answered again, with Jeff Allen hitting one of two free throws of his own after the Blue Devils were forced to foul. With 20 seconds left, Duke, amazingly, still had a chance to tie with one final shot.

After a wild sequence that saw the Blue Devils all out of sorts, head coach Mike Krzyzewski called a timeout to settle the team. It didn’t work as Seth Curry was stripped outside the three-point line with just over a second to go, sealing the game for the Hokies.

Jeff Allen led the way for Virginia Tech with 18 points and 15 rebounds. Victor Davila also had a double-double, registering 11 points and 10 rebounds. All five Virginia Tech starters were in double-figures, with Terrell Bell adding 12 points, Erick Green chipping in 12 and Malcolm Delaney adding 10. Green and Delaney also added a team-high four assists apiece.

Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith combined for an impressive performance, but didn’t get much help from the rest of the team. Smith had a game-high 22 points, with Smith adding 18 of his own. Mason Plumlee had eight points and Andre Dawkins had six points off the bench. Singler also had a double-double, adding 12 rebounds to his 22 points.

Duke falls to 26-3 and becomes the latest victim of the No. 1 curse this season. Again there will be a new team atop the polls next week as it seems nobody wants to hang on to that top spot. Virginia Tech improved to 19-8 on the season and may have propelled itself into the NCAA tournament with a signature win over the Blue Devils.

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