The Virginia Tech Hokies moved to 13-4 on the season after Tuesday night’s 80-70 win over Wake Forest in Winston-Salem. The win improves Virginia Tech to 4-2 in the ACC, just game behind Duke and Louisville.
It was another stellar effort from Landers Nolley, who finished with 21 points. However, the story of this game is Tyrece Radford. It feels like we’ve been saying that a lot lately. Radford had another outstanding performance, setting a new career high with 21 points, while also pulling down 13 rebounds. Radford also collected four steals and did not turn the ball over. Did we mention Radford, a freshman, is 6’1” and Virginia Tech’s top rebounder?
While Radford had another stellar game, he also had a SportsCenter moment. And, boy was it special.
This kid keeps getting better and better the more he plays.
That’s also true for another freshman in Jalen Cone. Cone, returning to his native North Carolina, scored 15 points off the bench, including connecting on four of his six attempts from beyond the arc. It is the third straight game—and four out of five—with Cone scoring in double figures for the Hokies.
Head coach Mike Young has this group playing at a high level right now. No coach in the ACC, perhaps in the country, is doing a better job than Young at this time. Before the season, the Hokies were predicted to finish 14th in the ACC. That’s not happening. Media folks not only underestimated this team’s talent level, but Young’s coaching acumen, too.
Wabissa Bede had another strong effort for the Hokies, dishing out nine assists, while scoring six points. He had just two turnovers. Bede is a tremendous leader and is as responsible as anyone for this team’s success. Many of the things Bede provides do not always show up in the box score.
Yet another freshman, Nahiem Alleyne, also contributed 10 points off the bench for the Hokies.
For the game, Tech shot 49 percent from the field and 36 percent from three-point range.
The Hokies return to Cassell Coliseum on Saturday for a rematch against Syracuse and play host to an ailing North Carolina squad next Wednesday.
Exciting times in Blacksburg, at least on the hardwood.