DURHAM, N.C. - The ACC regular season started with a bang on Sunday night as Sean Dockery buried a 45-footer as time expired to lift top-ranked Duke to a 77-75 victory over Virginia Tech on Sunday evening at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
The Blue Devils move to 7-0 overall while the Hokies fall to 5-3. Sunday’s tilt was the league-opener for both squads. Duke moves atop the league standings with Georgia Tech, a 63-54 winner of Virginia earlier Sunday night in Atlanta.
Coleman Collins put the Hokies ahead, 75-74 with a rebound basket with 1.6 seconds remaining in the game. Following a timeout and brief delay to set the game clock, Josh McRoberts fired a pass to midcourt to Dockery, who dribbled once before launching the game-winner. Dockery finished the night with a career-high 19 points, with 16 of them coming in the second half.
The contest was highlighted by 12 ties and 19 lead changes, and the Blue Devils built a 74-63 lead on Dockery’s pair of free throws at the 4:19 mark. Virginia Tech rallied, using a 12-0 run to take its first lead since holding a 56-55 advantage with just over nine minutes remaining.
The first half featured nine ties and six lead changes, and the Hokies carried a 34-33 lead into intermission as Collins scored 15 points. Duke played the final 5:05 of the opening stanza without J.J. Redick, who was whistled for three fouls in the opening 15 minutes after scoring eight points.
Shelden Williams made the most of his 38 minutes on the floor, netting 21 points, a career-high 19 rebounds and five blocked shots. J.J. Redick added 18 points for the Blue Devils. Collins tossed in 25 points to lead the Hokies, sinking 12-of-17 field goal attempts.
Duke remains at home to play defending Ivy League champion Pennsylvania on Wednesday night. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. and the game will be televised live by espn2. Virginia Tech hosts North Carolina A&T on Wednesday evening at 7 p.m.