The Virginia Tech Hokies were playing for their lives on Friday night, March 11th, as they took on the Florida State Seminoles in the second round of the ACC Tournament.
Literally coming down to the final buzzer, Virginia Tech was able to squeak out a much-needed victory 52-51 keeping their NCAA Final Four Tournament hopes alive.
“These kids have great perseverance and determination,” Virginia Tech Head Coach Seth Greenberg told ESPN right after the official’s reviewed the last play.
Derwin Kitchen, Florida State guard, took a shot down 52-51 that appeared to be before the final buzzer sounded. Florida State fans went crazy, but after a second look by the officiating crew, Kitchen’s shot was still on his fingers as the clock ticked zero.
Malcolm Delaney led all scorers with 16 points, five assists, and four rebounds, but no shot was bigger for the Hokies than the two-point jump shot that Erick Green knocked down with 4.7 seconds left on the clock to give the Hokies their first lead of the night.
Virginia Tech will be severely tested Saturday, March 12th at 3 p.m. when they take on the Duke Blue Devils on ESPN 2.