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Green Leads Virginia Tech Past Clemson, 68-63

10:08 PM, Mar 8, 2012   |    comments
Virginia Tech guard Erick Green (11) shoots against Clemson guard Tanner Smith (5) during the second half of the first round of the 2012 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament. (Paul Abell-US PRESSWIRE)
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ATLANTA (AP) -- Virginia Tech point guard Erick Green scored 24 points as the Hokies went on a 9-0 run to take the lead late in the game and hung on to beat Clemson 68-63 on Thursday night in the first round of the ACC tournament.

There were 10 ties, the last at 52-52. Clemson, the No. 7 seed, then went about 3 minutes without scoring as Virginia Tech, the No. 10 seed, took the lead.

The Hokies (16-16), who ended a four-game losing streak, will play No. 2 seed Duke in Friday night's quarterfinals.

Clemson's Milton Jennings hit a 3-pointer with 17 seconds remaining to cut the Hokies' lead to 68-63. After Dorenzo Hudson made two free throws for Virginia Tech, the Tigers couldn't make another 3.

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