Virginia Tech stuns No. 2 Virginia 61-60 in overtime thriller


"I just think we have to learn from our mistakes and get better".

Virginia Tech took advantage of a rare free-throw miss by Virginia senior Devon Hall and got a stick-back basket and free throw from junior Kerry Blackshear snap the No. 2 Cavaliers' 15-game winning streak and deny them their likely ascension to the top spot in the national poll. John Paul Jones Arena was wired, Super Bowl champion and U.Va. grad Chris Long made a cameo, and freshman Angus Binnie swished a half-court shot to win 18 grand.

Numerous games were virtual toss-ups; however, the Cavs have won seven ACC games by 10 points or more, including a 26-point win at Virginia Tech and a 25-point victory over Clemson, which now is second in the ACC race.

Virginia Tech (17-7, 6-5) now sits tied for fifth in the Atlantic Coast Conference and is coming off a 10-point home win over North Carolina State on Wednesday night.

Virginia shot 34.4 percent from the floor (21-of-61), putting up a frustrating amount of shots from three, 38, converting on just 11.

According to oddsmakers at YouWager, Virginia is favored at home, as the Cavs are getting odds of -12 points against Virginia Tech. "Sometimes, you've got to give teams credit for what they do".

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The Cavaliers, who went more than eight minutes without a field goal, countered, but a Robinson 3-pointer left Hall muttering, and a Nickeil Alexander-Walker 3-pointer at the horn, off a Robinson assist, had Williams virtually skipping off Tech's bench with a 33-26 intermission edge.

The Hokies enter the game 16-8 overall and 5-6 in the ACC. The Hokies are averaging 84.7 points per game this season while allowing 73.8 per contest. He's shooting nearly 45 percent from the floor, but 94 percent from the free throw line. The Hokies then fouled Hall, who missed the front end of a one-and-one. Saturday was different, Tech yearning to enhance its shaky NCAA tournament credentials.

"It's a big turnaround", Robinson said. "Our tempo was good, and for us to win at home was big".

And Robinson was the bell cow.

Don't expect either to be as unsightly or intriguing as Saturday.