The No. 16 Virginia Tech Hokies bounced back on Saturday with an 84-46 blowout win over the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. The Hokies improved to 15-5 on the season, with a 9-4 mark in ACC play.
This was an important game for head coach Mike Young and his team after this week’s loss to Georgia Tech. The Hokies were inactive for 17 days due to COVID-19 and looked like it in an uninspiring double-digit loss to the Yellow Jackets.
The Hokies were red-hot in the win over Wake, shooting 53% from the field. Tech was even more impressive from beyond the arc, making 13 of 24 attempts from behind the 3-point line.
Junior forward Keve Aluma was outstanding once again, leading the Hokies with 23 points and eight rebounds. Aluma made all five of his 3-point attempts.
In his second game back from suspension, junior guard Tyrece Radford looked more like himself, scoring 15 points and pulling down six rebounds. Nahiem Alleyne scored 13 points for the Hokies.
It was another strong defensive performance from Virginia Tech, too, as the Hokies held the Demon Deacons to just 27% shooting from the field and forced 18 turnovers.
It was the largest margin of victory for the Hokies in ACC play.
The Hokies have two games remaining in the regular season. Louisville comes to town on Wednesday, and the Hokies would love nothing more than to end the Cardinals’ dominance over them on the hardwood.
Tech finishes the regular season next Saturday with a trip to Raleigh to face N.C. State.
At least, we leave you with this gem created by the ultra-talented “Deablo fan account” on Twitter.
Was saving this for the postgame but might as well post it now. pic.twitter.com/EbUN3xdCKm— Deablo fan account (@JSM21_) February 27, 2021