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March 22, 2010
BLACKSBURG – Dorenzo Hudson scored 17 of his game-high 27 points in the second half, burying a critical jumper late in the game, to lift Virginia Tech past Connecticut 65-63 in a second-round NIT game played at Cassell Coliseum on Monday night.
With the victory, the Hokies tied the school record for wins in a season, moving to 25-8 overall. The 1994-95 team went 25-10 and won the NIT championship.
The Hokies advanced to the quarterfinals of the NIT, where they will play Rhode Island at home on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. Tech is 17-1 at home this season, with the lone loss coming in double overtime to Maryland.
The Hokies made big plays on both ends of the floor in the final minute. Trailing by one, 63-62, Tech got a big play on defense when Terrell Bell knocked the ball loose from UConn guard Jerome Dyson. Dyson picked up the ball, but stepped on the halfcourt line, which resulted in a backcourt violation with 22.4 seconds to go.