The victory keeps Maryland's unlikely NCAA tournament hopes alive and brings them back to .500 in ACC play.
The Terps jumped out quickly on the Hokies and opened up a double-digit lead, threatening to blow out Virginia Tech for the second time this season. Instead, the Hokies rallied back and actually took a lead into halftime.
It looked like it might be the same old story for the Terps, but Maryland seemed determined not to let another one slip away. The Terps came up with a big play or shot whenever they needed it in the second half, and maybe the win will give them the confidence to take another step forward down the stretch.
Maryland faces another must-win game when they welcome the rival Virginia Cavaliers into the Comcast Center Sunday at 1. It's a chance for Maryland to pick up another quality win as well as finally get back over .500 in ACC play.
At 5-5 in conference play with 8 games remaining in the regular season, the Terps will likely have to go at least 5-3 if not 6-2 and then play well in the ACC tournament to make it to the Big Dance.
It would also help if the Terps could take care of business at home against Duke and North Carolina, especially since the Blue Devils are likely to be ranked No. 1 when they come to the Comcast Center despite dealing with a couple of key injuries.
The Terps lack a marquee win, unless you consider North Carolina State to be a top team, so beating Duke would be huge.