Virginia Tech halts losing streak at seven by ‘blacking out’ Duke in dramatic game


BLACKSBURG — Grant Basile scored 15 of his 24 points in the second half, Sean Pedulla had 16 points and five assists and Virginia Tech beat Duke 78-75 Monday night to snap a seven-game losing streak.

Virginia Tech (12-8, 2-7 ACC) hadn’t won since topping Grambling State on Dec. 17. The Hokies, who wore black jerseys while their fans dressed in a “blackout” promotion, improved to 5-1 in their last six matchups with Duke at Cassell Coliseum.

After a timeout with 35.3 seconds remaining, Virginia Tech dribbled down the clock before MJ Collins made a jumper from the free-throw line for a 77-75 lead. Duke’s Tyrese Proctor was short on an open 3-pointer, and Collins grabbed the rebound was fouled. Collins made 1 of 2 at the free-throw line with 3.9 seconds to cap the scoring.

After timeouts, Duke attempted a half-court pass, but Virginia Tech guard Hunter Cattoor intercepted it and ran out the clock.

Cattoor finished with 15 points, on five 3-pointers, and two steals for Virginia Tech. Collins had six points.

Freshman Kyle Filipowski scored a season-high 29 and recorded his 10th double-double with 10 rebounds for Duke (14-6, 5-4). Proctor and Dariq Whitehead added 10 points apiece.

Whitehead missed most of the second half with a leg injury and was on crutches at the end of the game with a wrap around his lower left leg.

Virginia Tech's Grant Basile (21) defends against Duke's Mark Mitchell (25) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Blacksburg, Va., Monday, Jan. 23 2023. (Matt Gentry/The Roanoke Times via AP)

Duke went four-plus minutes without a field goal late in the second half, making just two of its final 10 shots. Proctor drained a 3-pointer with 38.9 seconds left, snapping a string of six misses from distance for Duke, to tie it at 75.

Both teams play again Saturday. Duke plays at Georgia Tech at 3 p.m., and Virginia Tech hosts Syracuse at 7. Both games are on ACC Network.





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