ACC Basketball

Demon Deacons Hold Off Pesky Hokies

(Photo: Christopher Hanewinckel, USA TODAY Sports)

Often Saturday afternoon it looked like Wake Forest was going to walk away with an easy victory, but like my high school girlfriend, Virginia Tech simply refused to go away. After trailing for much of the first half (it took four minutes just to score their first points), the Demon Deacons went on a 23-10 run and had a 7-point lead late in the first-half before Tech’s Devin Wilson hit a three with five seconds to go in the first-half.

In the second half, Danny Manning’s squad opened up a pair of double-digit leads, but both times, the Hokies stopped the bleeding, eventually rallying, the second time behind Adam Smith’s seven straight points, getting to within one, 51-50 with 10:03 on the clock. Later the lead went back to five, but again Virginia Tech got back within one.

Yet, the simple trick to not letting a rally become a win is to not let the opponent tie the game or gain the lead. 11 times Virginia Tech had the ball in the final nine minutes down three or less with the ball, meaning they had a chance to tie it or take the lead and only twice did they manage to do that (taking the lead at 65-64, tie it at 67).

In the end, the game had no real barring on the league standings. Wake Forest was able to move out of last place, winning their second ACC game of the year, 10-12 on the season, while Virginia Tech fell to 1-7, 9-12 on the year.

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