CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WDBJ7) As we know, UVA had been steady throughout their ACC schedule, atop the conference at a perfect 12-0 in league play coming into this weekend.
They had won 15 games in a row, and were in line to become the #1 team in the land. But standing in the way, a hungry Hokies team looking to build on their NCAA resume.
The scene: John Paul Jones Arena, a place where the Hokies hadn't won since 2012, and the Hoos crowd was amped from the jump.
The Cavaliers entered the game with the Hokies as the nation's top ranked defensive team but it was Tech that turned in a workmanlike effort, holding the Wahoos to just 34 percent shooting. Ty Jerome and Kyle Guy combined to shoot just 9 of 35, as Tech won a thriller 61-60 in overtime.
Virginia's first ACC loss, breaking the Hoos 15 game winning streak.
“We almost stole that game but that's what it would have been, stealing that game. They outplayed us. There were too many breakdowns for us, miscues. I know you'll say we only had four turnovers but we were broken down and they outplayed us for the most part and then we fought to get back in it and possibly steal it but you got to grow from it and learn from it,” said UVA Head Coach, Tony Bennett.
“We played hard. That's all we focused on since we played and lost to Miami. I wouldn't necessarily say that strategically it's been any change relative to what we have taught from the beginning. It's just been more of an emphasis on holding one another accountable,” said Tech Head Coach, Buzz Williams.
“I don't know if I can point any one thing out but they were really hard attacking downhill and Justin Robinson was phenomenal on the pick and roll. We had a couple of lapses on defense and they were hitting tough shots,” said Kyle Guy, scored 13 points for UVA.
“It was a big win on the road and especially here was really big for us but I think us being able to battle adversity and being able to come out on top and just winning in overtime was huge for our program and where we are as a team,” said Justin Robinson, who scored 20 points for Tech.
Virginia was poised to become the top ranked team in the land on Monday but now that won't happen, as the Wahoos must regroup for a trip to Miami Tuesday night.
Meanwhile the Hokies are headed to Duke with a huge shot in the arm and a large resume building win in their back pocket.