After ending long skid, Virginia Tech takes aim at Syracuse

Virginia Tech got a much-needed win its last time out, posting a victory for the first time since a week before Christmas.The Hokies will look to continue their winning ways Saturday as they host Syracuse in ACC action in Blacksburg, Va.Virginia Tech (12-8, 2-7 ACC) has endured a bizarre season to this point. The team won 11 of its first 12 games, including wins over Penn State, Minnesota, North Carolina and Oklahoma State. However, a seven-game losing streak followed — a brutal stretch that included defeats by one, two, three, four and five points.The Hokies finally snapped out of their funk against Duke on Monday, registering a 78-75 triumph behind Grant Basile’s 24 points.”A great deal — great deal,” Virginia Tech coach Mike Young said of the relief in the locker room after snapping the seven-game drought. “(Duke) played well enough to win. … Nice for the fruits of your labor to be recognized and rewarded.”Syracuse (13-8, 6-4) had no such luck on Tuesday as the team dropped a 72-68 decision to North Carolina despite holding a two-point lead with under 30 seconds to play.