Erick Green's go-ahead jumper with seven seconds left gave No. 6 seed Virginia Tech a 52-51 victory over No. 3 seed Florida State in the quarterfinals of the 2011 ACC Tournament on Friday night in Greensboro, N.C.
Virginia Tech (21-10) advances to face No. 2 seed Duke in the semifinals on Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. EST.
The Hokies trailed 27-19 entering halftime but outscored the Seminoles (21-10), 33-24, in the second half to escape with the narrow victory. Terrance Shannon made a layup to put Florida State on top by two points, 51-49, with 55 seconds remaining. Malcolm Delaney made a free throw with 40 ticks to go, brining the Hokies within one point.
With 19 seconds left, FSU's Michael Snaer had the ball stolen by Virginia Tech's Jeff Allen, and the Hokies called a timeout, setting up the game-winning jumper from Green.
Delaney finished with a game-high 16 points, five assists, four rebounds and three steals for the Hokies, who shot a dismal 31.5% from the field. Allen had nine points and eight rebounds and Green totaled seven points for Virginia Tech.
Manny Atkins scored 14 points of the bench on 4-of-8 shooting from the floor and 3-of-5 shooting from the free throw line. Atkins was the only player to come off the bench for Virginia Tech, which used just six players in the game.
Bernard James led the way for the Seminoles, scoring 11 points and grabbing eight rebounds. Ian Miller scored 10 points off the bench and both Okara White and Snaer each finished with eight points for Florida State.
2011 ACC Tournament Schedule
Thursday, March 10 - First Round
#9 Miami defeats #8 Virginia, 69-62 (OT)
#5 Boston College defeats #12 Wake Forest, 81-67
#7 Maryland defeats #10 N.C. State, 75-67
#6 Virginia Tech defeats #11 Georgia Tech, 59-43
Friday, March 11 - Quarterfinals
#1 North Carolina defeats #9 Miami, 61-59
#4 Clemson defeats # 5 Boston College, 70-47
#2 Duke defeats #7 Maryland, 87-71
#6 Virginia Tech defeats #3 Florida State, 52-51
Saturday, March 12 - Semifinals
#1 North Carolina vs. #4 Clemson, 1:00 p.m. ACC Network/ESPN
#2 Duke vs. #6 Virginia Tech, 3:00 p.m.* ACC Network/ESPN
Sunday, March 13 - Championship
Championship Game 1:00 p.m. ACC Network/ESPN