By HANK KURZ Jr., AP Sports Writer
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) -- Zach LeDay scored 18 of his 22 points in the second half and blocked London Perrantes' attempt to tie the game in the final seconds and Virginia Tech stunned No. 4 Virginia 70-68 on Monday night.
The Hokies (10-5, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) got 16 points from Justin Bibbs and 13 from Seth Allen in ending a seven-game losing streak against their in-state rivals. After the final horn, Hokies fans stood and screamed with delight as the school's adopted anthem, "Enter Sandman," shook the walls of Cassell Coliseum.
Perrantes hit six 3-pointers in the second half and led Virginia (12-2, 1-1) with 22 points, but LeDay swatted his driving layup in the final seconds, preserving Virginia Tech's slim margin.
Anthony Gill added 17 points for Virginia, which outrebounded the Hokies and shot better, but had 16 turnovers that led to 26 points for Virginia Tech.
The score was tied seven times in the second half, and the Hokies used a 10-3 run to take a 57-53 lead with just over 5 minutes to go. Two free throws by Malcolm Brogdon made it a 2-point game, but Bibbs' jumper doubled the margin.
A free throw by Gill and a defensive stop for Virginia gave them a chance to pull even, but their 15th turnover scuttled that and Bibbs burned them with his fourth 3-pointer moments later, igniting the home crowd.
Virginia coughed it up again on its next possession, and Kerry Blackshear converted for the Hokies, was fouled and finished the three-point play. A missed 3-pointer by Virginia led to Justin Robinson's jumper, stretching the Virginia Tech lead to 67-56 with 2:10 remaining, and only then did the Cavaliers mount a comeback.
Perrantes' sixth 3 of the half and another by Gill highlighted their rally to within a point but Virginia Tech made just enough free throws to hang on, ending Virginia's 11-game winning streak.
Virginia opened the second half with an 11-3 run fueled by two 3-pointers from Perrantes and another from Brogdon. LeDay kept the Hokies close with two 3s -- his third and fourth of the season -- and then got help on the offensive end as Virginia Tech tried to keep pace as Perrantes hit five 3s in the first 6 1/2 minutes.
Both teams shot poorly in the first half, but Virginia had nine turnovers and the Hokies turned them into 12 points. The Hokies gave it away just four times, leading to four points for the Cavaliers, and Virginia Tech led 26-21 at halftime.
Virginia: Reserve guard Marial Shayok originally committed to play for Hokies coach Buzz Williams at Marquette. When Williams left to take the Virginia Tech job, Shayok reopened his recruiting and signed instead with Virginia.
Virginia Tech: The Hokies, averaging 13.5 turnovers, committed just four in their 73-68 victory over NC State in their ACC opener. It was the fewest turnovers ever for Virginia Tech in an ACC game.
Virginia plays at Georgia Tech on Saturday.
Virginia Tech plays at No. 14 Duke on Saturday.