YES!!! Dockery Saves Duke

Virginia Tech had the nation's top ranked team on the ropes. A one point lead with Duke on its own baseline and 94 feet to go in 1.6 seconds. It was over. Only, someone forgot to tell senior Sean Dockery, who hit a 40 foot prayer at the buzzer to keep Duke undefeated and earn himself a place in Cameron Indoor Stadium history.

Virginia Tech had the nation's top ranked team on the ropes. A one point lead with Duke on its own baseline and 94 feet to go in 1.6 seconds. It was over. Only, someone forgot to tell senior Sean Dockery, who hit a 40 foot prayer at the buzzer to keep Duke undefeated and earn himself a place in Cameron Indoor Stadium history. The miracle shot keeps the Blue Devils perfect on the season, but the effort leading up to Dockery's heroics was anything but as the Hokies nearly became the only unranked team to win at Cameron Indoor when the hosts are rated number one.

After Virginia Tech fell behind by 11 with just over three minutes remaining it seemed as though Duke had survived a sluggish effort and was cruising towards another victory. However, the Hokies stormed back with a 12-0 run that was capped by a Coleman Collins tip in of Zabian Dowdell's missed shot to give Virginia Tech the lead with one second left. After reviewing the television monitors the referees determined an additional 0.6 seconds was to be added to the clock, giving Duke 1.6 seconds for a miracle.

Freshman Josh McRoberts did his best Grant Hill impersonation, throwing a perfect inbounds pass to Dockery, who played Laettner, only with a much more difficult shot. After taking the pass, Dockery took one dribble inside half court before launching the final shot from on top of the "Coach K Court" logo.

It rattled in and sent Cameron into pandemonium with the students storming the court to join the throng of Blue Devils celebrating around Dockery.

Before the heroics, it was the same old story for the Blue Devils as yet another opponent took the fight to Duke from the opening tip. Only this time there was no heroic effort from senior captain J.J. Redick for most of the game, as the senior was plagued with early foul trouble while suffering through an off shooting night. Redick finished 18 points, but shot just 6-of-19 from the floor including 2-of-8 from long range.

Without Redick the Blue Devils were left with just one proven scorer in the form of the senior Shelden Williams, who put in a huge effort with 21 points and a career best 19 rebounds. He also added five blocks on the night.

However, it was the "other" senior captain's night as Dockery scored a season high 19 points including 4-of-5 shooting from behind the arc.

Virginia Tech took a one point lead into halftime and continued to fight tooth and nail with the heavily favored Blue Devils all night long behind the efforts of Collins' 25 points and eight rebounds. Dowdell added 15 for the Hokies, who drop to 5-3 on the season.


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