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Dorenzo Hudson's 'courageous effort' vs. N.C. State

It was only minutes before Virginia Tech was to tip-off against North Carolina State on Wednesday night, and guard Dorenzo Hudson was not supposed to play because of a stress-related foot injury. But he took the court anyway.

Although doctors recommended that he not play, Hudson tied a game-high 21 points in 37 minutes in the Hokies' win over the Wolfpack. It would have been impossible to tell that Hudson was suffering from an injury.

"It's bothering me a lot right now," Hudson said of his injured right foot moments after the final buzzer had sounded. "I've got to play ball and do what I got to do to help my team."

Afterward, Coach Seth Greenberg called Hudson's performance a "courageous effort."

Hudson initially injured his right foot in the Hokies' loss at Florida State on Jan. 16 and re-aggravated the injury in a win at Virginia on Jan. 28. But Hudson seems to be in more discomfort recently, briefly leaving the court to get an X-ray exam in Virginia Tech's double-overtime loss to Maryland on Feb. 27. The results were negative and Hudson returned, scoring 21 points in 45 minutes.

Hudson did not practice this week before Wednesday nights game and had been relegated to a walking boot, which he has also worn at times during earlier during the year.

Also, in an effort to protect the foot, Hudson has been fitted with an orthotic brace in his sneaker. That brace was reinforced this week, as the pain in Hudson's foot worsened. But with Virginia Tech fighting for an NCAA tournament at-large bid, Hudson makes it sound like he will be on the floor.

"It feels like it's a little worse," Hudson said, "but I don't think it'll hold me out."

By Mark Viera  |  March 4, 2010; 1:00 PM ET
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