Wake Forest Falls 66-65 at Virginia Tech
Jan. 19, 2013
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech's Robert Brown hit a jumper in the lane with 12 seconds remaining to give the Hokies a 66-65 win over Wake Forest on Saturday afternoon at Cassell Coliseum.
Wake Forest (9-8, 2-3 ACC) had taken a 65-64 lead after a 3-pointer from Travis McKie with 30 seconds left in the game. But Brown came through for Virginia Tech (11-6, 2-2 ACC) on the ensuing possession, getting into the lane to nail the jumper and draw a foul.
Brown missed the free throw, and the Demon Deacons corralled the rebound to set up one last chance at the win. However, C.J. Harris missed a driving layup from the right side and Tyler Cavanaugh's tip-in was no good, giving the Hokies the win.
McKie posted his fourth double-double of the season with 20 points and a career high-tying 15 rebounds. He had a double-double in the first half with 12 points and 10 boards in the period.
Devin Thomas had 12 points and eight rebounds, while Harris added 10 points and Codi Miller-McIntyre nine points with four assists and no turnovers. Cavanaugh chipped in eight points off the bench, hitting a pair of 3-pointers.
Erick Green led Virginia Tech with 22 points, 18 of which came in the second half when the Hokies shot 56 percent from the floor as a team. Virginia Tech never led by more than two points throughout the game, as Wake Forest built its advantage to as many as eight in the second half.
The Deacons out-rebounded the Hokies 43-38 and had 17 offensive boards, but Wake Forest could only turn its second-chance opportunities into eight points on the afternoon.
Early in the first half, Wake Forest trailed 17-15 after a quick 5-0 run from Virginia Tech midway through the first half. The Deacons followed with a 7-1 run of their own, which began a larger 17-7 stretch that was capped by a McKie 3-pointer at the 2:28 mark. McKie's trey gave the Deacons a 32-24 lead, their largest of the first half.
The Deacons took a 37-31 advantage into halftime, but the Hokies came out of the break on fire scoring seven straight points over the initial two minutes of the period. Green, the nation's leading scorer, was held to just four points in the first half but came back to fuel the Hokies' early run with five of the seven points.
Following a Wake Forest timeout at the 18:03 mark, the Deacons responded with an 8-0 run to reclaim the lead 45-38. The run started with a driving layup from Miller-McIntyre immediately following the timeout and was capped with a fastbreak bucket from McKie.
With the Deacons leading 51-43 at the 12-minute mark, the Hokies scored eight straight points over the next three and a half minutes to tie the game. Virginia Tech took its first lead since the first half when Green nailed a jumper to cap a 12-2 stretch for the home squad.
Wake Forest returns home on Tuesday to host in-state rival NC State. The Deacons and Wolfpack are set to tip off at 7 p.m. at the Lawrence Joel Coliseum. The game will be televised regionally by Fox Sports and can also be heard on the Wake Forest IMG Sports Network.