ACC Basketball

Hokies Eliminate Wake

Gerry Broome / AP

For a while, the game had the feel of a three-point contest, as Wake Forest and Virginia Tech combined to shoot 17 threes in the game’s first 31 shots. Fine for the Hokies, where putting up a ton of threes is the norm, but not for the Demon Deacons, who missed many and found themselves down 43-33 at the half.

Yet, starting late in the first and into the second,¬†Wake Forest started to deliver the ball inside and luckily for them, “good” Devin Thomas showed up. He would score 11 of his team’s next 14 and he lit a spark for his team. Codi Miller-McIntyre followed suit a little later, scoring 11 of 14 to give the Demon Deacons a 53-49 lead.

Yet, the one thing Wake couldn’t do was stop Jalen Hudson. The freshman nailed a pair of threes, but did most of his damage off the dribble drive, consistently beating his defender into the paint. He would eventually finish with 32 points, hitting 10-for-16 from the floor, making all 10 of his free throws. His last two at the line gave the Hokies a somewhat commanding 79-74 lead with 1:03 left on the clock.

Yet, it wasn’t over as the team that had hit just 7-22 from deep, got a three from Madison Jones. Following an elbow by Hudson that was rightly called for an offensive foul, Miller-McIntyre found Mitoglou standing with a little space on the wing. He nailed a three to give Wake a 80-79 lead with 27 seconds to go.

However, much like Georgia Tech against Olivier Hanlan, the Deacon Deacons didn’t make a concentrated effort to stop Hudson from getting the ball. In fact, he found himself all alone on the wing. Without any hesitation, he took it to the paint and surrounded by three white jerseys, laid in the game winner.

Wake Forest had one final chance. Inbounding from behind their basket, Mitogiou missed a jumper from the left baseline. Devin Thomas got the weak side rebound, but instead of landing and putting up a clean put-back, he rushed it and missed. Miller-McIntrye had one last tip-in opportunity, but also missed. Ball game.

Wake Forest’s season comes to an end at 13-19, but barring transfers, they’re only losing seldom used Darius Leonard. Meanwhile, Virginia Tech advances to take on Miami, a team that just crushed them this past Saturday.

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