But the Hokies came right back tie when senior guard Justin Bibbs swished a three-pointer from the left wing with 2:27 to go.
The will might have been there but not the execution for second-ranked UVa, which was unable to take advantage of some late momentum in a 61-60 overtime loss to a relentless Virginia Tech squad.
In the first meeting of the 2017-18 season between Virginia and Virginia Tech, the Hokies played on of their worst games of the year.
They were playing the foul game now. But it didn't happen.
The upset, which was capped by a go-ahead layup from Kerry Blackshear Jr. with 5.8 seconds remaining in the extra session, snapped Virginia's 15-game winning streak that dated back to December 16.
Virginia's success this season can be attributed to the team's defense. Virginia Tech had knocked off one of, if not the best team in college basketball.
The Hokies did a lot of things well in this game. It was the third shot clock- or buzzer-beating 3 for the Hokies in the half, and gave them a 33-26 lead.
"I just think it's something we got to learn from, we got to sit down and see what we're doing and just find a game plan that's going to work against them", said junior guard Justin Robinson.
For Virginia Tech, Robinson had a game-high 20 and seven assists. The rest of the second half was a stalemate of sorts, so let's fast forward to the important stuff.
"I shoot tons of free throws every day so it's frustrating", said Hall, who had a team-high 16 points, going 5 of 10 on 3-pointers. Following a free throw from Hall, the Hokies' Nickeil Alexander-Walker made a three-pointer to trim the margin to 60-59. It again fouled Hall.
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He also noted that by the end of the Olympics, sanctions from the Russian Olympic Committee can be withdrawn in full or in part. The Court ruled the IOC's refusal to invite them constituted no sanction but rather an eligibility decision.
That was that. Virginia didn't really lose any ground at the top of college basketball thanks to the aforementioned losses by Villanova and Purdue, though the Cavaliers did probably lose their shot at being #1 this week.
Hall misses the free throw, and Robinson sprints down the court and misses a layup. Down four, 30 seconds to go, on the road, to an incredible free-throw shooting team. UVA's Ty Jerome pulled down the rebound, and the Hokies had to survive a final UVA possession.
It was not a particularly good offensive performance for either team.
Jerome took the final shot of the game for UVa, but his long, contested three-point attempt did not draw iron at the buzzer. For the game, they were 22-of-51 (43.1%) overall and 11-of-29 (37.9%) from the outside. "It's been that way two games in a row".
The Hokies were 12-for-21 from the field in the first half, including a four-plus-minute stretch where they made six consecutive shots. Scoring leader Kyle Guy finished 3 for 14 from beyond the arc, and Jerome was 1 for 10.
Virginia Tech also managed to outrebound UVA 37-36.
With just a minute and 21 seconds left, it felt like it was all but over.
Before Saturday's game, ESPN's Joe Lunardi had the Hokies in the NCAA Tournament as a No. 10 seed, while Jerry Palm of CBS had Tech as a No. 11 seed in one of the play-in games.
Virginia's aspirations of perfection in the ACC came to a jarring end Saturday night.
The Cavaliers will be back in action Tuesday against the Miami Hurricanes, while the Hokies have a showdown against the Duke Blue Devils at Cameron Indoor Stadium looming Wednesday evening. Tipoff is scheduled for 7pm, and the game will be televised nationally by ESPN2.