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January 6, 2007

No. 5 Duke shocked by Virginia Tech in OT

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DURHAM, N.C. -Jamon Gordon's basket with 31 seconds left in overtime gave Virginia Tech the lead, and Deron Washington blocked Greg Paulus' 3-point shot as time expired to give the Hokies a 69-67 victory over No. 5 Duke on Saturday.

The Hokies (11-4, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) trailed 67-66 when they called a timeout with 43 seconds remaining. They worked the ball to Gordon, who drove to the basket and floated a shot over the Duke defense for a 68-67 lead.

David McClure missed an 18-footer on Duke's next possession, and the Blue Devils (13-2, 0-1) were forced to foul A.D. Vassallo with 7.5 seconds left. He made the first free throw, but missed the second.

Washington blocked Paulus' shot at the buzzer, sealing the Hokies' biggest win in years and giving them redemption for their last-second defeat last season at Cameron Indoor Stadium when Sean Dockery hit a 40-footer at the buzzer.

Zabian Dowdell led the Hokies with 20 points.

DeMarcus Nelson had 22 points for the Blue Devils, who had a nine-game winning streak snapped, while Josh McRoberts had 16 points and 10 rebounds after a miserable first half in which he was 0-for-3 from the field with three points.

Gordon finished with 17 points and Washington and Coleman Collins each had 11 for the Hokies, who snapped a seven-game losing streak to ranked teams. The last Top 25 team they beat was Duke, when the then-No. 7 Blue Devils lost in Blacksburg in February 2005.

Jon Scheyer had 12 points and Gerald Henderson added 10 for Duke. Paulus - who entered averaging 8.1 points per game - was held scoreless.

Virginia Tech dominated Duke for much of regulation, but the Blue Devils forced overtime when Nelson's 3-pointer with 18 seconds left tied it at 64. The Hokies inbounded the ball and worked it to Dowdell, whose 18-footer from the wing missed as time expired.

The Hokies had almost the entire back from the one that lost the heartbreaker at Duke last season when they led by one point with 1.6 seconds left only to see the Blue Devils win 77-75 on Dockery's 40-footer.

For more coverage of Duke, visit DlueDevilsIllustrated.com; for more on Virginia Tech, visit HokieHaven.com.

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