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The Hokies simply needed a win in league play. They were in danger of falling to 2-5 in the ACC, and that’s a treacherous hole to climb out of in a tough conference.

It wasn’t their fault they were playing #10 UNC.

They hadn’t won a game against a team in the BPI Top-40 all season.

The energy churned in Cassell Coliseum all night.

The guys in white with maroon trim and orange numbers got it done.

Talk of turnover ratio was forgotten. Angst at rotational discrepancies dissipated. Questions surrounding the perceived weakness of a lame non-conference schedule was dismissed inside the walls of The Cassell.

Once the ball was tipped this team put on a show that the students, supporters, and alumni could be proud of.

Ahmed Hill had 18 points including some emphatic dunks.

Justin Robinson led the team with 19 points and chipped in 5 boards and 4 assists.

Kerry Blackshear completed the VT trifecta with 16 points.

When those three are firing on offense, Virginia Tech proved they are capable of achieving their goals for this season, even when doubt from the fan-base and casual observers alike seemed to be setting in.

Survival was on the line last night for Tech. They thrived in the setting.

A premiere program came to Blacksburg and was kept in check.

Scratch that. The defending national champs came to Blacksburg and were beaten.

It wasn’t easy for the fans to rush the court. It’s a long leap over the banisters that separate the student section from the hardwood.

The masses didn’t care.

Buzz Williams and company will try to keep appeasing the masses and keep the momentum rolling on the road at Notre Dame at 8 pm on Saturday (ESPN2).

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