BLACKSBURG, Va., Sporting Alert — Justin Robinson scored 19 points and led three Virginia Tech starters in double-figures and the Hokies pulled away in the second half to upset No. 10 North Carolina 80-69 on Monday night.
Robinson, who shot 7-of-13 from the field, also had five rebounds and four assists in the win.
Fellow guard Ahmed Hill added 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting, while Kerry Blackshear Jr. ended with 16 points and five boards for Virginia Tech (14-6, 3-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), which used a decisive 13-3 spurt to build a comfortable lead and then held on.
Joel Berry II and Luke Maye scored 23 points a piece for North Carolina, which had won seven in a row 12 of the last 13 against the Hokies.
Maye shot 10-of-16 from the floor and grabbed nine rebounds, while Berry II finished with seven rebounds in the defeat.
The Tar Heels (16-5, 5-3), who had no other player scoring in double-digit, shot 43-percent overall from the field, but went just 10 for 31 from 3-point range.
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. They never got closer than eight points in the final minutes of the contest.
Virginia Tech led 39-32 at the halftime break after closing on a 15-2 run.
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 expected, after the final horn sounded, the very active and vibrant home supporters streamed onto the court to celebrate.
The North Carolina Tar Heels return home to face North Carolina State on Saturday.
The Virginia Tech Hokies head on the road to face Notre Dame on Saturday.