Clutch Shots Help Deacons Beat Virginia Tech, 73-70
Mitchell Wilbekin scored 12 second-half points, including a go-ahead triple and two game-saving free throws.
Jan. 31, 2015

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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).

Mitchell Wilbekin scored 15 points - 12 in the second half - and Konstantinos Mitoglou also totaled 15 to aid the Wake Forest victory.

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
• Wake Forest committed just nine turnovers, the team's second-lowest total of the season.
• The Deacons' 1.7 assist-to-turnover ratio was the best in ACC play, and the highest since November.
Madison Jones had three assists and just one turnover, while Aaron Rountree III dished out a pair without a turnover.

RACE TO 1,000
• With his 19-point performance, Codi Miller-McIntyre has now scored 964 career points. He scored 244 his freshman season, 403 last year, and has 317 this season.
• Fellow junior Devin Thomas isn't far behind. He now has 932 in his career, scoring 282 his inaugural campaign, 367 a year ago and 283 this season.

STUFFED
• Wake Forest collected eight blocks, its second-highest total of the season.
Greg McClinton set a new career-high with two, while Codi Miller-McIntyre matched his career-high of two and Devin Thomas equaled his season-high of two.

ON DECK
• Wake Forest opens the month of February on Tuesday against NC State. The Deacons will look to avenge a 78-65 ACC-opening defeat. The game airs at 8 p.m. on the ACC network.


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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