Virginia Tech stuns top-seeded Duke to win ACC championship | College Sports

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NEW YORK — Mike Krzyzewski’s final ACC Tournament game turned out to be Virginia Tech’s first-ever ACC Championship.

Hunter Cattoor scored 31 points, going 7-for-9 from 3-point range, as the seventh-seeded Hokies stunned Duke, 82-67, on Saturday night at Barclays Center.

Keve Aluma added 20 points and 10 rebounds as Tech, who started the season 2-7 in ACC play, managed Duke’s trio of freshman stars – Paolo Banchero, Trevor Keels and AJ Griffin – impressively.

Justyn Mutts, who played solid defense all night on Banchero, put the exclamation point on the win with a two-handed dunk with 2:27 left to put Tech up 76-64. Mutts celebrated after the game by making snow angels in the brown and orange confetti that covered the pitch.

Tech had its first four attempts from 3-point range, going 14-10 after Murphy’s second 3 in the first 3:40 of play. But from there, Duke went on a spurred 6-0 run by three Tech turnovers.

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The Hokies went on a 5:49 scoreless streak but still trailed just 16-14.

The Blue Devils led 29-27 with 6:35 to go before halftime, but Tech used an 8-0 to regain the lead. He went to the locker room up 42-39.

The Hokies lost their first four ACC games en route to a 2-7 league start. But entering Saturday, Tech had won 12 of its last 14 games.

Virginia Tech’s last conference title was in 1979, when it won the Metro Conference championship.

Tech’s run in Brooklyn included an overtime win over Clemson, a win that saw freshman goaltender Darius Maddox take the tournament’s most memorable shot, canning a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Hokies a win. 76-75 over a Tigers team that had just beaten them in the regular season finale.

On Thursday, Tech beat second-seeded Notre Dame 87-80, repelling a late Irish rally thanks, in part, to a pair of 3-pointers in the 2:40 finale by Storm Murphy.

Then came Friday’s semifinal game with North Carolina, which beat Tech twice in the regular season and handed Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski a loss in their final home game at the Cameron Indoor. The Hokies had perhaps their best game of the year, leading by as much as 20 points in the second half to advance to the program’s first-ever ACC Championship Game.

mbarber@timesdispatch.com

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