GREENSBORO, N.C. — Erick Green made the go-ahead jumper with 4.7 seconds left. Then Derwin Kitchen's basket at the buzzer was waved off as Virginia Tech edged Florida State 52-51 in the quarterfinals of the ACC tournament on Friday night.
Green had made just 1 of 12 shots for the sixth-seeded Hokies before taking a feed from Malcolm Delaney and sinking a jumper from just inside the 3-point line.
The third-seeded Seminoles called timeout and inbounded to Kitchen, who dribbled into the right corner before launching a fadeaway over Erick Green at the horn.
The ball dropped through the net, and the officials initially called it good, sending the Seminoles spilling onto the court to mob Kitchen. Meanwhile, Delaney and Green walked to midcourt with their hands on their heads.
The officials sent both teams back to their benches while they went to the scorer's table to review if the shot had come in time.
Replays on the scoreboard were difficult to discern with Kitchen appearing to have a finger on the ball when the horn sounded.
Virginia Tech's Jeff Allen leaned over with his hands on his knees while TV cameras gathered in front of the Hokies to capture their reaction. Meanwhile, fans for both teams chanted and cheered before Bryan Kersey turned and waved the basket off.
That sent the Hokies sprinting around the court in celebration while the Seminoles headed back to the locker room.
Delaney scored 16 and Manny Atkins 14 for Virginia Tech, which shot just 32 percent — including 5-for-28 (18 percent) in the first half. Green finished with just seven points as the Hokies became the first team to use only six players in an ACC tournament game since N.C. State in the final 14 years ago.
Virginia Tech came into the tournament hoping to bolster its NCAA Tournament resume and now heads into today's semifinals for another matchup with No. 5-ranked Duke. The Hokies beat the Blue Devils in Blacksburg two weeks ago before losing their final two regular-season games.
Bernard James had 11 points for the Seminoles, who led by 11 in the first half and maintained at least a two-possession lead for most of the second half before the Hokies (21-10) rallied. FSU (21-10) committed 20 turnovers that led to 19 points for the Hokies to help them overcome their shooting woes.