Clutch Shots Help Deacons Beat Virginia Tech, 73-70
Jan. 31, 2015
By Jay Garneau, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@TieDyeNation)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest took advantage of another strong game from Codi Miller-McIntyre and four clutch free throws to hold off Virginia Tech in a 73-70 ACC victory inside the LJVM Coliseum on Saturday afternoon.
Miller-McIntyre was a perfect 7-of-7 from the floor, scoring a game-high 19 points to lead the Demon Deacons (10-12, 2-7 ACC).
Virginia Tech (9-12, 1-7 ACC) scored four straight points to take its first lead of the second half, 65-64, with less than two minutes to play.
Wilbekin immediately responded with a trey to retake the lead, but the Hokies again evened the score, this time with a pair of Justin Bibbs free throws.
Devin Thomas connected on a layup to give the Deacons a 69-67 lead. Virginia Tech missed a three and Wilbekin swished two free throws to make it 71-67 with 32 seconds to play.
Adam Smith hit a triple to make it 71-70 with 27 seconds left. Wake Forest ran the clock down to 11 seconds before Madison Jones was fouled, and he also connected on both free throws.
The Hokies' missed from long distance, and had the ball knocked out of bounds with 0.4 seconds left. Their ensuing 3-point attempt was ruled to be after the buzzer, but also clanked off the rim.
Thomas finished with nine points on 3-of-5 shooting with eight boards, also matching his career-high with five assists.
Jones totaled eight points, three rebounds and three assists, while Greg McClinton had eight boards and a pair of blocks.
Virginia Tech had six score in double figures, led by Adam Smith's 12 points.
TAKING CARE OF THE BALL
RACE TO 1,000
Mitoglou Stands Out In First Career ACC Start
By Emma Lingan, Wake Forest Athletic Communications
Freshman forward Konstantinos Mitoglou, making his first career ACC start, had a standout performance in the Demon Deacons' 73-70 win over the Virginia Tech Hokies on Saturday afternoon.
Mitoglou finished with 15 points on the day. His career-high 26 points, scored in Wake Forest's overtime loss at Syracuse Jan. 13, is the most for an ACC player coming off the bench this season. Mitoglou is Wake Forest's third-leading scorer with 8.5 points per game.
"This was [Mitoglou's] first start in some time, and he responded very well," said head coach Danny Manning. "He gets 15 points and five rebounds, and I think that's an outstanding stat line."
In the first half, Mitoglou drained his second 3-pointer of the day to give the Deacons back the lead just before the under-eight timeout. He was the first Demon Deacon to reach double-figure scoring, and he led all players with 10 points at the half. Mitoglou, freshman forward Greg McClinton and junior forward Devin Thomas also led the Deacs at halftime with three rebounds apiece.
Mitoglou was one of three Demon Deacons to finish in double figures, and his 15 points were second only to junior guard Codi Miller-McIntyre's 19.
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