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Hokies Finish Wake Forest, Advance in A.C.C. Tourney

Freshman Jalen Hudson Sets Tech Record with 32 Points

Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

In a back and forth game throughout, Virginia Tech defeated Wake Forest 81-80.  The Hokies' freshman Jalen Hudson led the way, scoring 32 points.  Hudson's efforts were the most by a Virginia Tech player in A.C.C. tournament history.  The Hokies had huge production from their bench, getting 50 huge points.  This was a huge growth moment for the young Hokies, as they finished a close game.  The Hokies were in several close games throughout the year, falling just short.  Wake Forest was given possession on a questionable out of bounds call at the end of the contest.  They had 3 shots with 6 seconds left, but the Virginia Tech defense kept them out.   Wake Forest's Konstantinos Mitoglou shot from the baseline and missed. The two subsequent put back attempts fell short, and Virginia Tech tasted victory for the first time in 8 games.

Codi Miller-McIntyre led the Demon Deacons with 23 points and 11 assists. Devin Thomas also had a great game for Wake pouring in 22 points. Both teams shot well from three, but Virginia Tech shot a blistering 42% from behind the arc. The Hokies led the A.C.C. in the regular season shooting 39% from downtown. Tech also outshot Wake at the charity stripe hitting 13/14, for 93%. This was key down the stretch, as Tech has not done well shooting free throws in close games. Next on the slate for Virginia Tech are the sixth-seeded Miami Hurricanes. The game will tip at 8:00 P.M. eastern.

Great win for Buzz Williams in his first A.C.C. tournament. Hopefully the Hokies can continue the momentum and upset the 'Canes. The last time these two teams faced off, Miami rudely beat Virginia Tech in Blacksburg on senior day.