Hokies stun third-ranked Duke

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Blacksburg,Va. (PRESS RELEASE) -- Kerry Blackshear Jr. continued his stellar play of late, scoring 23 points to lead No. 20 Virginia Tech to a 77-72 upset of No. 3 Duke in an ACC game played at Carilion Clinic Court on Tuesday night.

The Hokies celebrate after upsetting Duke.

With the win, the Hokies moved to 22-6 overall, 11-5 in the ACC. The Blue Devils fell to 24-4 overall, 12-3 in league play.

Tech, which knocked off Duke 64-63 a year ago at Carilion Clinic Court, beat Duke in back-to-back games for the first time since 1921. The victory also marked the third straight time that the Hokies have beaten the Blue Devils when Duke was ranked in top five of The Associated Press poll.

Tech led for much of the game, including much of the second half, but the Blue Devils used a 9-2 run, tying the game at 70 on a dunk by Marques Bolden with 1:51 remaining. The Hokies, though, answered when Ty Outlaw canned a 3-pointer from the corner with 1:28 to go, giving Tech a 73-70 lead.

Duke's Cam Reddish missed a 3-pointer on the Blue Devils' ensuing possession, and Tech took possession. The Hokies ran some clock, getting the ball to Ahmed Hill, who missed a 3-pointer. But Blackshear snared the rebound, and Duke fouled Nickeil Alexander-Walker with 19.5 seconds left. Alexander-Walker made both to give the Hokies a 75-70 lead.

Tre Jones scored for the Blue Devils with 12.6 seconds to go to cut the lead to 75-72, but Blackshear hit two free throws with 11.4 seconds left to give Tech a five-point advantage. Reddish then missed a 3-pointer, and Blackshear retrieved the rebound to seal the win.

Blackshear made 7 of 11 from the floor and 9 of 11 from the free-throw line, and he added 10 rebounds. The Hokies took 10 more free-throw attempts than Duke, and they made 23 of 29 for the game.

Hill scored 17 points for the Hokies, who shot 46 percent and committed just six turnovers. Alexander-Walker added 13 and Outlaw had 11.