Zabian Dowdell scored 33 points in the game, the most at that time by a Hokie in an ACC game. He was unstoppable in the second half… well, actually, they could only stop him by fouling him (he was 17/19 from the line).
One of my favorite memories from this game was Nigel Munson. Tech trailed 73-72 with 35 seconds left and a Hokie got fouled, but was injured on the play. Nigel Munson, a freshman, had to come in cold off the bench and shoot the free throws. He missed the first but drained the second calmly, forcing overtime.
Tech would score just 8 points in OT (6 by Dowdell), but a critical missed free throw by Hansbrough with 12 seconds left and two wild jumpers by Ty Lawson with 2 seconds left were blocked by Deron Washington (sound like duke?) allowed the Hokies to hang on for the monumental win, despite VT not scoring in the final 87 seconds. Hansbrough, Lawson, Ellington, Green, and Wright were no match for the Hokies that night. I would rank this win up there as one of my all time favorites along with the NIT Championship in ’95 and the win over duke in 2005.
DuffHokie and I were so elated over the win, we stole a broom from Bailey’s Bar in Arlington and started ‘sweeping’ the heels in the bar out of the building. They weren’t very amused as you can see in the pictures.
This game still marks the only time Tech has won in Chapel Hill since joining the league (and this was their first attempt). The Hokies have lost 4 straight but have won 5 times all time there, compared to 0 for 50-something for clemson.
Here is our recap from back then: LINK TO RECAP
Those were the days, weren’t they? We were like kids in a candy store, robbing the ACC powers blind, winning at duke and unc in the same season.
Here are some of the highlights and images from the game:
Seth on Rome is Burning: