Hundreds of Fans Salute Virginia Tech Men’s Basketball Team After Historic ACC Championship Victory

BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ) — The exterior of the Hahn Hurst Basketball Practice Center was packed Sunday night as fans awaited the return of the Virginia Tech men’s basketball team from Brooklyn.

Tech defeated Duke in the ACC Championship on Saturday night to win its first-ever ACC title.

Nine-year-old Carter Peterson was there with her family. Who, like many Hokie fans, couldn’t contain their excitement as the clock struck zero on Saturday night.

“Awesome, I felt good,” he said with a laugh.

“Once that clock hit zero, I was ecstatic. It was so much fun. Everyone in my house was going crazy, we’re the ACC champions,” said freshman Josh Smith. to Tech.

“It’s been a buzzer, it’s been tough teams, teams we’ve lost to before. So to be able to see the atmosphere, and it was so heavy in there, and still be able to hear the Hokies, and still hear how excited everyone was, was really cool,” said Sam Green, a freshman at Tech.

“I’m thrilled, we’re all thrilled that it’s been such a good day to be a Hokie,” Leah Bartholomew, a freshman at Tech.

“It’s just such a memorable moment. … I was so excited,” said Dani Byers, a freshman at Tech.

“It was so good to see them achieve this. Overall, it was really awesome,” said Olivia Dorsey, a freshman at Tech.

Around 7:30 p.m., the team arrived with the trophy to deafening cheers from students and fans. The 11th seed Virginia Tech will face the 6th seed Texas in the NCAA Tournament in Milwaukee on Friday.

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