Virginia Tech isn’t quite ready to set up a Selection Sunday watch party yet.
The Hokies kept their season going and pushed for the continuation of their NCAA Tournament in dramatic fashion on Wednesday, beating Clemson 76-75 in extra time after beating three to advance to the quarterfinals. .
The game was in Virginia Tech’s control early on, with the Hokies leading 43-32 after halftime. However, the Tigers came out in the second half as they were also not ready for their season to be potentially over. They fight back for the lead with 36 seconds remaining after 36 seconds driven by the Tyson Hunter.
After a Clemson wait, Virginia Tech is ready to respond. With 20 seconds remaining, Storm Murphy earned three to bring the Hokies back at 66-64 when the Tigers called for another timeout. They drained the clock a bit after the game resumed, then found PJ Hall to do a balancing jump. Murphy hit the whistle badly, causing the game to stop in time.
Both teams looked cold at the start of extra time, as no one scored until 2:57 minutes, but things slowly heated up. Hall made two free throws with just over a minute left, but Al-Amir Dawes could only knock one at the 30th line as Clemson led by two points.
Justyn Mutts went to the line with eight seconds left for Virginia Tech with a chance to close the game, but he missed the first shot. He connects on Monday, making it a point deficit. Virginia Tech made a mistake, but Hall was also only able to create a charity stripe word.
With Clemson led by two and after a timeout by the Tigers, the Hokies attacked Darius Maddox. He slowly but surely made his way up the court, and with only one man on him, stopped and claimed the game-winning trio. Exalted.