The Virginia Tech Hokies were hosted by the Wake Forest Demon Deacons this Sunday. After a close, hard fought battle the Fighting Gobblers were victorious defeating Wake, 81-74. The Demon Deacons jumped out to an early lead six-point lead in the first two minutes of play, but the Hokies fought back. After a few lead changes the game entered halftime with the Hokies having a meager advantage, 37-36. VPI took control of the game completely in the second half and never again surrendered the lead.
The Hokies did not have the best statistical showing. Their field goals made-attempted were only 25-52 (48.1%). Shooting behind the line was even worse for VPI. They managed a disappointing 7-19 (36.8%) three-point shot percentage. While they struggled with field goals the team fared better with free throws. The team shot a respectable 24-33 (72.7%) from the free throw line. Although not the best numbers the Hokies were aided significantly by the fact that Wake Forest had similar or worse numbers. The Demon Deacons hit 26-53 (49.1%) FGM-A and were an abysmal 4-19 (21.1%) for 3PTM-A.
Justin Bibbs had a solid game effort, leading the Hokies with 22 points. He was 5-6 for FTs, made 3-6 3PT attempts, and hit 7-13 FGs. He also had five rebounds and two steals. Zach LeDay was also impressive. He added 17 points of his own to the score and had eight rebounds and two steals. Robinson scored 15 points, and off the bench Allen added another 14.
With the win the Hokies are now 16-13 overall and 8-8 in ACC play. That is three wins in a row for the boys from Blacksburg who have been struggling to string together victories during ACC play. This is also VT’s third ACC road win, a feat that has not been accomplished by the Hokies since the 2010-11 season. The Fighting Gobblers have two more matchups before heading to Washington D.C. for the ACC tournament. The Pittsburgh Panthers come to call once again this Wednesday, 2 March, and the Hokies will be looking for revenge. In their last meet up the Panthers pounded the Hokies, 71-90.
Virginia Tech men’s basketball is flirting with finishing the year off with a winning record. Something that hasn’t happened since 2011. Keep it up gentlemen! Go Hokies!