Charlottesville, VA (WWBT)- Virginia and Virginia Tech entered Sunday night's game in the midst of very different seasons on the men's basketball court. The Cavs had lost two games by a combined total of just five points, while the Hokies were still in search of their first ACC win. In the end, however, it was Virginia Tech taking the first of two rounds between these bitter rivals.
Dorenzo Hudson hit a key three pointer with less than a minute to go and the Hokies hung on for a 47-45 upset victory over the 15th ranked Cavaliers. Virginia was hurt in the first half by poor shooting, hitting just 25 percent of its shots in the first half, but still trailed just 23-19 at the half. The Wahoos were able to take the lead in the second, but Hudson's three pointer gave the Hokies a 47-43 lead late in the game. UVa would hit its last field goal with one second remaining and have a chance with 0.7 seconds to play, but a full court inbounds pass hit off the hands of Mike Scott, ending the game.
Erick Green led all scorers with 15 points, while Hudson added 12 for the Hokies. Scott, Joe Harris and Jontel Evans each scored ten for the Cavaliers in the losing cause. Jarell Eddie pulled down ten boards for Virginia Tech as well. Tony Bennett's Wahoos were uncharacteristically off the mark from long range, connecting on just one of their 14 three point attempts.
Virginia falls to 15-3, 2-2 in ACC play, while the Hokies improve to 12-7 and are 1-4 in the conference. The Cavs are back in action on Thursday as they host Boston College at 9:00 pm. Virginia Tech will venture out of conference on Wednesday, hosting BYU at 7:00 pm.