Virginia Tech Pulls Off Overtime Upset Of No. 2 UVA

Mavericks media day at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Mavericks media day at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

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.

The Tech-UVA women's basketball game was presented by Virginia529, the official college savings plan of Virginia Tech Athletics and the University of Virginia Athletics.

UVa swept the season series for the second straight year.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Kendall Smith and Cameron McGriff each scored 20 points and Oklahoma State beat another ranked team on the road, topping No. 19 West Virginia 88-85 Saturday.

"We were just a little bit disjointed the whole game, obviously trying to reinvent ourselves and putting people in positions that they haven't really been in", Kenny Brooks said.

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Wabissa Bede, Chris Clarke, and Ahmed Hill were the only other three Hokies to play in tonight's game. Ty Jerome's last second 3-pointer could not find the mark and the Cavs' 16-game home winning streak came to an abrupt and unexpected end.

At that moment, it was fair to make the case that this team was not beatable.

Virginia was two missed free throws away from returning to the top of the college basketball world for the first time since December of 1982, but the Hokies played one of their best games of the season to come away with a 61-60 overtime win in Charlottesville Saturday night.

Hokies coach Buzz Williams said he, and Blackshear, will likely always remember the dramatic finish. "Learn from our mistakes". I wouldn't necessarily say that strategically it's been any change relative to what we have taught from the beginning. "We are a fighting team, but we can learn from our mistakes, and we will be in the film room tomorrow".

UVa won despite turning the ball over six times in the fourth quarter. "They're (the Cavaliers) a really good, efficient scoring team, and we were able to slow them down, and that was a result of what we've been practicing, what we've been working on". That said, this game was only big for its hype rather than its importance. They're also on pace for a No. 1 regional NCAA tournament seed. A simple look at Saturday's box score would show the script was flipped.

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Virginia could get the top spot despite its 61-60 overtime loss to the Hokies. He made just 5 of his 21 attempts, including only 3 of his 14 3-point tries. UVA led 59-56 with 29 seconds remaining, and senior guard Devon Hall, a 93.4% free throw shooter coming into the game, went to the free throw line for a one-and-one. This was a different team than the one Virginia crushed on its home court.

"We nearly stole that game", coach Tony Bennett said, "but that's what it would have been, stealing that game". "They really flooded and jammed the lane".

"We played hard. That's all we focused on since we played and lost to Miami". They outplayed us. There were too many breakdowns for us, miscues. Down 13-5 early on, they went on a 22-2 run to take a 27-15 lead, which was Virginia's biggest deficit of the season. "To see the team lock down [on defense late in the game] like we did today, which is something that the coaches have been on us about throughout the season and just stressing what it means to be a tournament team, ... we had growth in that standpoint today".

Saturday's game might have tested that belief. Ty Jerome made both baskets for the Cavaliers, and the sophomore had a chance to win with a three-pointer from National Basketball Association distance - well within his range - but the shot bounced off the front iron as the buzzer sounded in regulation. "Excuse the language, but you can quote me on that".

It was not a particularly good offensive performance for either team.

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