On the road, the Virginia Tech men’s basketball team scrapped past Wake 64-60 on Sunday night to earn their third straight win and improve to 5-1 in conference play for just the second time since joining the ACC in 2004.
The Hokies (11-2, 5-1 ACC) have now defeated the Demon Deacons (3-5, 0-5) for a fifth straight time and earned their fourth consecutive win in Winston-Salem. Mike Young is now 3-0 versus Wake Forest.
Three Hokies reached double-figures in scoring including guards Tyrece Radford (20 points), Hunter Cattoor (13) and forward David N’Guessan (13) which is his career-high. Tech scored 28 points off its bench which marks the eighth time this season the Hokies have had 25 or more points off the bench.
On the defensive end, Tech notched a season-high nine blocks with forward Keve Aluma recording four of those, which is his career best. The Hokies forced Wake to shoot just 36% from the field and 30% from behind the arc. Tech also caused the Demon Deacons to commit 13 turnovers and the Hokies scored 12 points off those mistakes.
It was back and forth action at the start as both the Hokies and the Demon Deacons traded baskets. With just over 12 minutes to go in the first half sophomore Cattoor hit a triple and freshman N’Guessan scored six straight points to cap off a 9-0 run and put Tech up 17-9.
Down the stretch of the first forward Aluma scored four consecutive points and the Hokies controlled the rest of the half with pace and key defensive stops. Tech went into the break with a 29-23 lead.
Radford came out in the second half and finished an and-1 to kick things off for the Hokies and put them up 32-23. Midway through the second half Wake would fight back into the contest with a 12-2 run which tied the outing at 44-44 with just over eight minutes to go in the game.
With just over four minutes left, Cattoor hit from downtown to extend the Hokies lead to 54-49 and give Tech a cushion late in the contest. Clutch free throws down the stretch put the Demon Deacons away and carried Tech to a 64-60 victory.