Virginia Tech upsets No. 10 North Carolina 80-69

Virginia Tech's head coach Buzz Williams yells in the play against North Carolina during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Blacksburg, Va. Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Lee Luther Jr.)

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Justin Robinson scored 19 points and Virginia Tech pulled away in the second half to beat No. 10 North Carolina 80-69 on Monday night.

Ahmed Hill added 18 points for Virginia Tech (14-6, 3-4 Atlantic Coast Conference). Hill scored seven in a row to start the decisive 13-3 burst, which turned a 51-48 lead into a 64-51 advantage with just under eight minutes remaining. Kerry Blackshear Jr. added 16 points.

Joel Berry and Luke Maye scored 23 points each for the Tar Heels (16-5, 5-3). North Carolina never got closer than eight points in the final eight minutes.

The Hokies ended the first half on a 15-2 run to lead 39-32 at the break. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Berry sparked the Tar Heels early in the second half, but then Hill’s 3-pointer started his personal 7-0 run.

As the final horn sounded, fans that had been chanting “just like football” streamed onto the court

BIG PICTURE

North Carolina: The Tar Heels like to play at a fast pace, but were not as adept at getting back on defense against the Hokies, who scored numerous baskets before 10 seconds had come off the shot clock.

Virginia Tech: The Hokies are second nationally in field goal percentage at .521, and while they came up short of that against the Tar Heels, they outscored North Carolina 32-26 in the paint and outrebounded them 36-35.

UP NEXT

The Tar Heels return home to face North Carolina State on Saturday.

Virginia Tech travels to South Bend, Indiana to face Notre Dame on Saturday.

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