Duke’s Kyle Filipowski punched him in the throat with a controversial call

The last 15 seconds of Duke vs. A Virginia Tech college hoops game Monday night had it all: shots to the face, throat punches, no calls and some vomit.

With the game tied at 75 and less than 20 seconds left, Hokies guard MJ Collins took a pass near the right sideline, dribbled into the paint, and hit a short jumper to give Virginia Tech a 77-75 lead. He then punched back to celebrate — but ended up punching star Duke freshman Kyle Filovsky right in the throat in the process.

Filipovski fell to the floor, and Collins immediately pulled his hand back as soon as he made contact, showing it was a fluke. Officials reviewed the play and called it no foul — or no offense.

A perfect foul would have given Filippovski two free throws, and a chance to tie the game.

As the team returned to the sidelines, Filipovski still looked shaken, and cameras caught him hanging from his seat. It looks like the 19-year-old even gave it a hug.


Kyle Filipowski grabs his throat after being hit
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“Yeah, he just elbowed me in the Adam’s apple. I couldn’t breathe for a minute, but I had to throw and I was fine,” Filipovski told reporters after the game.

Duke head coach John Scheier added, “He was throwing completely and couldn’t get out for a second. “He’s a big time fighter, man.”

Duke’s Tyrese Proctor missed a 3-pointer on the ensuing possession and after Virginia Tech split two free throws, the Blue Devils turned the ball over on their final free attempt.

Virginia Tech won the game 78-75, handing Duke their fourth road loss in five tries. The Blue Devils have three of their next five games on the road, including two against top-20 teams in Virginia and Miami.

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