Virginia Tech trailed by seven in the second half, but rallied to defeat Oklahoma State 67-61. The Hokies improved to 11-3 on the season with the win, while the Cowboys dropped to 7-6. Tech will take a week off and then tip-off ACC play at Wake Forest next Saturday.
This was the second time the Hokies have beaten Oklahoma State this season after knocking off the Cowboys 59-57 in Madison Square Garden last month. They also beat Oklahoma State 56-51 in November of 2010. The teams will face each other again in Cassell Coliseum next season.
Dorenzo Hudson paced the Hokies with 18 points and five rebounds. Erick Green added 16 points, seven rebounds and three assists in 37 minutes. Tech got nine points and six rebounds from Jarell Eddie, eight points and four rebounds from Robert Brown, and eight points and three rebounds from Victor Davila.
Tech outrebounded Oklahoma State 47-24, pulling down 18 offensive rebounds in the process. Dorian Finney-Smith scored just two points, but he did come down with 10 rebounds and helped Tech beat the Cowboys 24-4 in second chance points.
Virginia Tech controlled the first half, leading by as many as eight points and taking a 28-23 lead into the intermission. The second half was a back-and-forth game, and the Hokies found themselves down 44-37 with 13:03 remaining. An 8-0 run put Tech back up 45-44, and then the game was tied at 45 at the nine minute mark.
The Hokies then went on big 14-4 run that was capped by three free throws by Erick Green with exactly five minutes left in the game. That put Tech up 61-51, and the lead seemed comfortable. However, a 10-0 run by Oklahoma State over the next three minutes tied the game at 61.
Two key free throws by Victor Davila put Tech back up 63-61 with 1:30 remaining. Davila came into the game a career 51% free throw shooter, but he was 4-of-5 on Saturday, including those two clutch shots. Oklahoma State couldn’t manage to score again, and Dorenzo Hudson capped the game with four consecutive free throws to make the final score 67-61.
Virginia Tech returns to action next Saturday when they take on Wake Forest in Winston-Salem. Tip-off is scheduled for noon, and the game will be televised by The ACC Network.