Without the ACC’s leading scorer Malcolm Delaney, the Hokies needed someone to step up, and junior guard Dorenzo Hudson answered the call.
Hudson scored a career-high 41 points, leading Tech to a 103-94 overtime win over Seton Hall in Cancun, Mexico Saturday.
Hudson, who had made just 27 free throws all year coming in, made 20-21 from the line and 9-22 from the field.
Not to be outdone, junior forward Jeff Allen added 23 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.
The Hokies got important contributions from young players as well.
Forward Manny Atkins scored eight points and Erick Green added seven points in his first career start at point guard. Green was forced to play much of the second half with four fouls but still played 32 minutes in the contest.
Hudson played for a game-high 44 of 45 minutes.
Jeremy Hazell led Seton Hall (9-4, 0-2) with 24 points, though he was held in check for much of the game by Hudson.
Next Up: No. 9 North Carolina
The Hokies are still uncertain when Delaney will be healthy enough to return to action, but the soonest is thought to be the game at North Carolina on Jan. 10.
That would give Delaney another full week to heal his grade two ankle sprain. Good news is that he was already off crutches during the Seton Hall game and will continue wearing a protective boot between treatments.
Tech has been looking for a reliable number two scoring option behind Delaney, and they may have found it in Hudson.
Hudson has been playing with a great deal of confidence lately and seems to have finally put it all together.
Since joining the ACC in 2004, the Hokies have almost always played the Tar Heels tough. Most recently, Tech came within a Tyler Hansbrough jumper from upsetting the eventual national champion Heels in last year’s ACC tournament.