Virginia Tech's Erick Green, left,shoots against the defense of Georgia Tech's Mfon Udofia during an NCAA college basketball game at Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg, Va., Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012. Virginia Tech defeated Georgia Tech 74-73 in overtime. (AP Photo/The Roanoke Times, Kyle Green)
BLACKSBURG, Va. -- When Dorenzo Hudson launched the final shot of the game, he fell backward onto the floor and never saw the ball swish through the net.
He soon realized the outcome as his teammates swarmed around him.
Hudson made a fade away 3-pointer as time expired in overtime to lift Virginia Tech to a 74-73 victory over Georgia Tech on Saturday.
"I didn't see it go in," recalled Hudson, who finished with five points. "I actually thought I got fouled. Then my teammates started jumping on top of me, so I knew then that the ball had gone in."
Hudson's shot came after the Yellow Jackets took a 73-71 lead on a jumper by Mfon Udofia with 5 seconds remaining. Virginia Tech then called a timeout with 3.5 seconds to go.
After the timeout, Jarell Eddie got the ball in the corner and nearly lost control. But he passed the ball out of a double team and found Hudson, who launched the game winner for the Hokies (15-12, 4-8 Atlantic Coast Conference). The 3-pointer was Hudson's only one of the game.
"That's not exactly the way we drew it up," Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg said of the final play. "We brought Jarell off to the corner, and curled Erick (Green) to the top, with three seconds to drive into a gap for him to look to the corner, and we stepped the inbounder in.
"I subbed in Dorenzo, not because I thought he was going to make that shot, but because he is our best inbounder. It was good to see him make a shot."
"Unfortunately, we don't trap and the trip in the corner led to the open shot," Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory said. "It's difficult to fight the temptation to go down there, but one of the things we talk about is that, in crucial situations, you need to stick to your defense.
"I'm not going judge how I feel about our guys if that shot goes in or not. It was a heckuva shot. We did a good job on the initial coverage, but unfortunately, we just got a little bit out of sorts once that ball came into play."
Erick Green finished with 14 points and could've won the game in regulation for Virginia Tech, but his jumper missed. Cadarian Raines added a career-high 13 points for the Hokies, who lost at Florida State on Thursday, blowing a nine-point lead with 1:29 left.
"This was a heckuva win for us," Greenberg said. "For our guys to come back from the Florida State devastation and show the resiliency and figure out a way to win, I just couldn't be more prouder."
Georgia Tech (9-17, 2-10) played without leading scorer and rebounder Glen Rice, Jr., who was suspended indefinitely by Gregory on Friday for undisclosed reasons. Rice, who was suspended for three games earlier in the season by Gregory for violating team rules, was averaging 13 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.
Yet the Yellow Jackets, who have lost nine of their past 10 games and 13 of 15, shot a season-best 58.3 percent (28 of 48) and out-rebounded the Hokies 32-18. Kammeon Holsey paced the Yellow Jackets with 18 points - one of five Georgia Tech players in double figures.
"If we compete like that and play with that level of effort and togetherness, we've got some wins left in us," Gregory said.