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There's no such thing as a bad road victory in the ACC especially when you aren't playing at your top level. Virginia Tech was reminded of that last night as they didn't have their best, but found a way to win on the road.
The #20 Hokies beat Wake Forest 64-60 to improve to 11-2 overall including 5-1 in the ACC as they continue to make it clear that they are one of the frontrunners to win the ACC alongside Virginia, Louisville, and Florida State.
Tech's defense was a big part of their success holding the Demon Deacons to 36.7% from the field while the Hokies shot 47.8% from the field. They also had 9 first half blocks that helped hold Wake Forest under 23% from the field during the opening 20 minutes. Getting to the free-throw line and actually making them were key as the Hokies went 16-23 from the line while Wake Forest was 9-15.
Tech did have some struggles elsewhere with 15 turnovers compared to 13 while also getting outscored 17-12 in that regard. Tech has also been a very good rebounding team, but not last night with Wake having 16 offensive rebounds compared to 7 for Tech and turning that into a 16-7 second chance points advantage.
Tyrece Radford was key to Tech's success as the talented, scrappy sophomore guard had a very efficient game with 20 points on 6-7 shooting from the field and 8-9 from the free-throw line to go with 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals. Radford continues to help Tech win games on nights when they aren't at their best collectively, and be a key piece to Tech being a top 20 team.
Tech also saw David N'Guessan step up and have the best game of his young career with 13 points on a perfect 5-5 from the field and 3-3 from the free-throw line in only 14 minutes. N'Guessan continues to show loads of potential, and with John Ojiako and Cordell Pemsl having some injury issues this season, he's adding some critical, quality frontcourt depth.
Hunter Cattoor was the one three-point shooter making his shots with 13 points on 5-7 shooting including 3-5 from beyond the arc plus 2 blocks, 1 assist, and 1 steal. Meanwhile, Keve Aluma had a rough scoring night with 5 points on 1-6 shooting, but found other ways to make a big difference with 11 rebounds, 4 blocks, and 2 assists.
We will have more as this story develops.