SAN JOSE, Ca. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Virginia Tech set a program record with their third straight NCAA Tournament appearance, but more importantly the Hokies finally made it past the first round.
"It's a first for a lot of us," sophomore guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker said, "To have it with this group of guys and to know that the season it not ending short, it's a good feeling."
The Hokies' 66-52 win over Saint Louis on Friday was the first tournament win for the program since 2007. After back-to-back losses the past two seasons under Coach Buzz Williams, the players were happy to finally break through.
"We hadn't got one of these, so this one feels great," junior Kerry Blackshear Jr. said It's a feeling that we had never had, we're happy to win every game that we can, but it's just a different feeling for sure."
After missing the previous 12 games of the season with injury, senior guard Justin Robinson scored nine points in 28 minutes off the bench to help claim the long awaited win.
"As soon as I came off the court for the last time," Robinson said, "I immediately went to coach and hugged him and told him we finally made it out of the first round. I think it was just a tremendous feeling to play in it also."
Virginia Tech now gets ready for a battle of two Commonwealth schools with No. 12 seed Liberty up next on Sunday.