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VT hoops looks for patience, improvement heading into Saturday showdown at UVa

Virginia Tech's Chris Clarke (left) yells after an emphatic second half dunk in the second half of the Hokies 85-75 win over N.C. State. (Photo: Dave Walls/WSET)

BLACKSBURG, Va. (WSET) - There's was no gray area when the final horn sounded Wednesday night at Cassell Coliseum. Virginia Tech had a monster shooting night on the floor, draining buckets at just over a 63% rate in the Hokies 85-75 win over NC State. Now with a rematch against UVa looming on Saturday, players and coaches say there's still plenty to work on if the Hokies will come out of Charlottesville with a win.

"We've never had a stretch like the one we're about to have." Hokies head coach Buzz Williams told reporters after the game. "And so let's not even focus on the stretch. Let's just do right now."

Wednesday's win was a big step forward for the Hokies Justin Robinson, who dazzled the Cassell crowd with a career high 32 points. Out of character, Robinson missed 6 free throws, a number he couldn't stop thinking about afterwards.

"I normally don't miss free throws, so it's personally kind of shocking to me." the junior said, still bufuddled after the win. "On my third miss, I could hear my mama yelling at me, so I think tonight, she's gonna give me a hard time, but I've just got to learn from it."

NC State closed the gap to just 7 late in the 2nd half, but patience led to easy baskets for players like Kerry Blackshear with 18 points, who says that patience will be crucial in Charlottesville on Saturday. "When we take great purpose shots, and get multiple paint touches, everybody is, sharing the ball, everybody is attacking with a purpose," Blackshear noted. "That's the type of team that we have, and that's the team we're trying to build on."

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