BLACKSBURG (WSLS 10 SPORTS) – It was the shot heard around the world, well the state. Seth Allen’s game winning bucket in double overtime is one no one will soon forget.
“I just tried to get to the paint and make a play at the rim. They’ve been telling us to play off two feet the whole time so I didn’t go off one where they could make a play off the ball, I tried to make a strong two foot finish and when I pump faked he flew by and I just tried to make the shot,” recalled Allen after the game.
The upset over rival Virginia took more than one clutch shot from the Hokies. After trailing by 14 points at halftime, Virginia Tech came alive after the break. At the end of regulation, it was Allen’s first chance to be a hero. Down two, he drove to the basket and missed. Ty Outlaw was in good position, tipped it in and sent the game into overtime.
“Time running down I’m like, I want to win so, I knew Seth was going to take a good shot, and I said anything that comes off the rim I’m getting it. I don’t care if I got to jump through the backboard I’m getting the ball. I wanted to win really bad,” said Outlaw.
The first overtime did not lack excitement either, it too came down to the wire. Justin Bibbs knocked down a three with 45 seconds to go to tie it 68-68 and send it into a second overtime.
“My guys were just telling me to shoot every time. They were doing a great job driving, a great job finding me on the kickout 3’s and even though that bank shot that I hit, that was crazy but they told me ‘keep shooting Bibbs, keep shooting’ and that’s what I did,” explained Bibbs.
It’s a statement win for the program, as the Hokies look for their first NCAA tournament bid in ten years. Wins over ranked teams, such as Duke and Virginia, puts them in the conversation.