Wake gets rare ACC road victory

Observer News ServicesJanuary 22, 2014 

Wake Forest Virginia Tech Basketball

Virginia Tech's Cadarian Raines shoots over Wake Forest's Tyler Cavanaugh (34) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Blacksburg, Va., Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014.

MATT GENTRY — AP Photo/The Roanoke

— Forward Travis McKie broke out of his shooting slump, scoring 22 points and leading Wake Forest to an 83-77 victory over Virginia Tech on Wednesday night.

McKie had scored seven or fewer points in six of the Deacons’ past seven games.

The win is just the ACC road victory for Jeff Bdzelik’s career as the head coach at Wake Forest (13-6, 3-3). The Deacons are 2-27 on the road in Bdzelik’s career.

The last time the Deacons won an ACC road game was Jan. 21, 2012 against Boston College.

Wake guard Codi Miller-McIntyre added a double-double, contributing 20 points and 10 assists to the victory. Forwards Devin Thomas and Arnaud Adala Moto combined for 15 points and 16 rebounds.

Point guard Devin Wilson led the Hokies with 26 points. Forward Jarell Eddie, the team’s leading scorer, added 20 points, his first double-figure scoring performance since Jan. 11 against Boston College.

Freshman center Trevor Thompson contributed 10 points and 12 rebounds for the Hokies.

Wake Forest finished the game shooting 53.6 percent from the field, and got open looks at the basket all night. Even on the rare occasion that the Deacons were forced into a tough shot, it seemed to go in the hoop.

The Hokies made a push late in the second half. After trailing by double-digits for most of the game, Eddie hit a 3-pointer to cut Wake’s lead to 71-63.

It wouldn’t be enough, however, as Wake made its free throws down the stretch to salt away the game.

Virginia Tech played again without the services of two of the team’s top three leading scorers. Guards Adam Smith (calf) and Ben Emelogu (ankle) entered the game averaging a combined 22.5 points per game, but neither played due to injury.

The Hokies got off to a horrid start, missing their first 11 shots from the field. It wasn’t until the 15:07 mark that Tech got its first field goal when center Cadarian Raines powered through a dunk that temporarily injected some life into the crowd.

At halftime, though, Tech had done little to raise its field-goal percentage, hitting on just 22.6 percent of its attempts. The Hokies made only three shots inside the 3-point line.

Eddie paced Tech with 10 points in the first half.

Conversely, Wake Forest started quickly on the offensive end on the back of McKie.

McKie, who had struggled offensively in recent games, hit his first four 3-pointers and shot 5-for-7 from the field, finishing the half with 16 points.

McKie wasn’t the only Demon Deacon that found a rhythm early. Wake put seven players in the scoring column in the first half and shot 54.8 percent from the floor.

Wake took a 43-27 lead at halftime.

Forwards Miles Overton and Andre Washington each provided Wake with six points off the bench.

Notes: Wake Forest F Devin Thomas entered Wednesday’s game as the ACC’s leading rebounder, averaging 8.6 rebounds per game. ... With the win, Wake Forest tied the all-time series between the two teams at 29-29. The Hokies and Deacons began playing one another in 1911. ... Wake Forest plays host to Notre Dame on Saturday in Winston-Salem. ... Virginia Tech travels to Charlottesville on Saturday to face in-state rival Virginia.

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