Strong start propels Virginia Tech past Wake Forest

Joann Johnston
January 13, 2018

Childress scored 17 points for the Demon Deacons (8-8, 1-3), who shot 51 percent after halftime but couldn't complete their comeback. The Hokies downed Wake Forest, 83-75, and never trailed at any point in the game.

Virginia Tech led the whole way after opening the scoring with a 3-point play and ran out to a 11-1 lead.

The Hokies played fast as their floor general, Robinson, controlled the tempo of the game.

Wake Forest closed it to 63-56, but Robinson's 3-pointer from the left corner - in front of his team's bench - helped seal it. He also had three assists and no turnovers in 38 minutes.

Steffon Mitchell scored 17 points, Bowman added 11 with 10 boards and Jordan Chatman scored 12 points for the Eagles (11-5, 2-2 ACC). Woods also had 12 points and Bryant Crawford 10. Kerry Blackshear had a quiet first half with only 4 rebounds, but Blackshear picked up his play in the second half with 10 points and 2 rebounds including a pair of threes.

ARGS standout Jada Boyd set two state records with 69 points and 32 rebounds as she had a triple double with 10 blocks but it came in a losing effort as they fell to Franklin 79-77 in overtime.

As a team, Virginia Tech was 28-of-57 (50.9%) from the field and 12-of-28 (42.9%) from three-point range. Hill found his rhythm from beyond the arc and was able to make some big shots, especially in the second half.

Down 61-44 with 11:42 left, the Demon Deacons (8-8, 1-3) cut the lead to 70-66 with 2:48 to go. That's the only way the Hokies will win.

Ahmed Hill scored 21 points for Tech.

Strong start propels Virginia Tech past Wake Forest

Brandon Childress led Wake Forest with 17 points, all of which came in the last 11½ minutes.

Coming into Saturday's game, Bowman was fourth in the league in minutes and Robinson seventh. However, it wasn't to be.

"Confidence is always there", said Hill, who made 5 of 10 3-pointers.

After Clarke stole the ball, Robinson made a layup and free throw to extend the lead to 73-66. After another Wake miss, Robinson hit a short shot to make it 75-66 and Wake never threatened after that. It was not a flawless game for Tech by any standard, but it does represent Wake's largest margin of defeat in ACC play this season.

Boston College's plan is to rely heavily on the play of their talented guards Jerome Robinson and Ky Bowman.

More importantly, it's a road win for the Hokies, which was much needed before they begin to run a gauntlet of very hard games coming up: at Louisville, vs. Florida State, vs.

After picking up their first ACC win of the season at home against Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech headed on the road to Winston-Salem in search of their first road win. From there, Virginia Tech put the game away at the line. As the competition has gotten tougher, Williams has been less inclined to play his freshmen. "We were just getting open looks".

Virginia Tech returns to action this Saturday when they travel to Louisville.

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