Robinson Scores 19pts, Virginia Tech Beats No. 10 North Carolina

Elias Hubbard
January 23, 2018

Virginia Tech had high hopes entering the year as a potential ACC dark horse and unsafe team in March.

The defending national champion had won four straight entering Monday night's game and had climbed five places in the latest AP Top 25 Rankings.

Tech had lost five straight games to top-10 foes since a win over No. 5 Duke in last season's ACC opener, including losses to Kentucky and UVa this season. Daxter Miles Jr. had 12 points, Lamont West 11 and Wesley Harris 10.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Miles Bridges scored 31 points, Jaren Jackson Jr. had 21 points and 11 rebounds and No. 6 Michigan State got a harder-than-expected win over IL.

Kipper Nichols led IL (10-11, 0-8) with a career-high 27 points.

Tech turned the ball over just nine times.

Virginia Tech's 80-69 triumph in Blacksburg, Va., was its first win over North Carolina since a February 2010 conquest at home - back during the Seth Greenberg era. Virginia Tech has struggled on the boards this season as the 6'10 Kerry Blackshear is the tallest on the team, but the Hokies held UNC - who lead the ACC in offensive rebounding percentage - to just 10 offensive rebounds and 11 second-chance points.

Joel Berry and Luke Maye combined for 46 points for the Tar Heels, but the rest of the team combined for just 23. North Carolina opened up the second half with seven consecutive points, pulling to within one point of the Blue Devils at 41-40.

Down 30-24 with 5:15 to go in the first half, the Hokies ended the half on a 15-2 run to grab a 39-32 halftime lead.

Back-to-back 3-pointers by Berry II sparked North Carolina early in the second half, but the Hokies used a 17-6 run to take a 68-54 lead.

As the final horn sounded, fans that had been chanting "just like football" rushed the court.

The back-and-forth game had seven lead changes in the second half.

Jae'Sean Tate put the Buckeyes (18-4, 9-0 Big Ten) up by six with a layup with 1:02 left, and a pair of foul shots by Kaleb Wesson stretched it to eight.

The Hokies sank 12 3-pointers.

Haley Gorecki scored a career-high 29 points for the Blue Devils, and ACC-leading scorer Lexie Brown recorded 19 points and 10 rebounds in a team-high 44 minutes. Nebraska (14-8, 5-4) was fresh off a 20-point upset of then-No. TCU is back in the AP women's Top 25 for the first time since November 22, 2010.

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