Tyler Thornton gets little attention when zero points shows up in Dukes final box score. It is not commonplace for him to be held scoreless, but it comes as little surprise. No media members crowd around his locker when he lays a goose egg. He does not get called to postgame press conferences when zeroes appear. The reaction is one of indifference.
But when he fills up a box score, everything seems to stop. Virginia Tech's season certainly did.
They were giving me open shots, I guess that was their gameplan, just letting me shoot, Thornton said. "Coach was telling me, If they give it to you take it. So I was just taking my shots.
The 6-foot-1 sophomore point guard punished Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenburgs strategy just enough to send Duke on to the semifinals of the ACC Tournament with a 60-56 hard-fought win.
Dukes offense was unimpressive and inefficient for the majority of both halves, letting the tenth-seeded keep the game within striking distance.But when the bi...