The Florida State Seminoles came fractions of a second, and just about a fingertip, short of a win in the ACC Tournament on Friday night. The Virginia Tech Hokies took a one-point lead after Erick Green buried a shot with just over four seconds to go. But on the other end of the floor, Virginia Tech appeared to lose the game as Derwin Kitchen's shot went in at the buzzer. Upon further review, the ball was just barely on the fingertips of Kitchen as the referees ruled the bucket didn’t count, giving the Hokies a 52-51 win.
Malcolm Delaney led all scorers for Virginia Tech with 16 points. Jeff Allen added nine points and Green chipped in seven, including that crucial final bucket that proved to be the game-winner. Manny Atkins added 14 points off the bench.
Bernard James had a team-high 11 points for the Seminoles, with Ian Miller adding 10 off the bench. Kitchen had just two points, but for a moment was the hero before a look at the monitors overturned his buzzer-beater. James also had a team-high eight rebounds.
The Hokies move on to face Duke in the ACC Tournament semifinals on Saturday.
No. 9 Miami def. No. 8 Virginia, 69-62
No. 5 Boston College def. No. 12 Wake Forest, 81-67
No. 7 Maryland def. No. 10 N.C. State, 75-67
No. 6 Virginia Tech def. No. 11 Georgia Tech, 59-43
Friday, March 11
No. 1 North Carolina def. No. 9 Miami, 64-62
No. 4 Clemson def. No. 5 Miami, 70-47
No. 2 Duke def. No. No. 7 Maryland, 87-71
9:30 p.m., ESPN2/ACC Network: Virginia Tech def Florida State, 52-51
Saturday, March 12
1:00 p.m., ESPN/ACC Network: North Carolina vs. Clemson
3:30 p.m., ESPN/ACC Network: Duke vs. Virginia Tech
Sunday, March 13
1:00 p.m., ESPN/ACC Network: ACC Championship Game