Hokies Basketball: Virginia Tech Beats Wake Forest 81-74

The Virginia Tech Hokies traveled to Winston Salem to take on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons in the Hokies’ final road ACC game of the season. The Hokies entered this game coming off back-to-back wins over Florida State and at Boston College knowing that one more win guaranteed them a bye in the ACC Tournament.

On Sunday night, the Hokies once again took care of business.

The game may have never gotten out of Wake Forest’s reach in the second half, but the Hokies were in control throughout the second half and finished the night with a 81-74 victory for their third ACC road win this season. For the Hokies, their eighth ACC win gives them as many ACC wins this year as they had the previous three season along with guaranteeing a bye in the ACC Tournament.

After only getting three free-throw attempts in the first half, Virginia Tech went 23-for-30 in the second half in what really helped the Hokies control the game in the final 20 minutes. The Hokies did have 14 turnovers but won the turnover margin by 5 along with having 10 steals and 11 assists on the game.

Justin Bibbs was the star of the game with 22 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the field including 3-of-6 from beyond the arc and 5-of-6 from the free-throw line. Bibbs also found more ways that just shooting to get involved with 5 rebounds and 2 assists. Bibbs is starting to heat back up from beyond the arc and the Hokies are starting to play quite well ahead of their final two regular season games.

Zach LeDay was once again productive for the Hokies with 17 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals in what was a very strong performance. LeDay made some big free throws in the final two minutes to prevent Wake Forest from having much of a chance to come back late. LeDay has been steady all season and absolutely deserves to receive some sort of All-ACC recognition for his good season.

Seth Allen fouled out but the junior point guard had 14 points, 2 steals, 2 rebounds, and 1 assist while shooting 50% from the field in what is solid improvement. Justin Robinson continued his strong end to the season with 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting while making all four of his free throws.

Chris Clarke brought plenty of toughness and quality rebounding with 6 points and 6 rebounds including 2 on the offensive end. Kerry Blackshear didn’t score much but made an impact with 2 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1 block while Jalen Hudson didn’t make much of an impact with only three points. Johnny Hamilton started once again but only played a few minutes with 2 points, 2 rebounds, and 1 block.

Virginia Tech stepped up and got the job done as Buzz Williams and the Hokies continue to exceed expectations. The most incredible thing is the fact that the Hokies are one win away from guaranteeing a .500 ACC record after finishing in at least a share of last place in the ACC for each of the last four seasons.

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