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Deacons slide continues with loss to Virginia Tech

13 January 2018, 04:58 | Elsie Buchanan

Players from Wake Forest and Virginia Tech battle for a loose ball on the floor at Joel Coliseum on Wednesday

Players from Wake Forest and Virginia Tech battle for a loose ball on the floor at Joel Coliseum on Wednesday

Wesleyan Christian Academy product Brandon Childress helped Wake Forest make things interesting Wednesday night.

Virginia Tech never trailed against the Demon Deacons.

He scored a season-high 29 in a one-point loss at then-No.

The Hokies shot 63 percent from the field in the first half and held on for an 83-75 victory over Wake Forest at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Heading into the contest, the Hokies were 28-of-112 (25%) from the outside since the second half of the Kentucky game. His free throws cut it to a four-point game with 5:06 left, and then his 3-pointer with 2:43 left was the second time the Deacons were within four points.

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The Hokies had dropped their first two ACC games, struggling on offense in losses to Syracuse and Virginia.

Childress found little joy in leading the Deacons' rally. "We had a short period of time". "I think our guys have confidence in what we're doing offensively". I want to thank my teammates for finding me during that period of time.

Tech was 7 of 14 from 3-point territory in the first half as it built a 45-30 halftime cushion.

Each proved critical for the Hokies (13-4, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who had seen the Demon Deacons whittle a 17-point deficit midway through the second half to four twice in the final five minutes.

"I have to do a better job as a leader", Childress said. "We know they can go in". In that situation, I should have held it for the last shot.

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The Hokies torched Wake's defense in the first half, hitting 17 of 27 shots that included 7 of 14 from 3-point range.

Virginia Tech shot the ball quite well in this game shooting 50.9% from the field and going 12-28 from beyond the arc, a major improvement from the past few games. With two games coming up against second-ranked Duke and one against No. 8 Virginia in their next five, they'll have to either get him back or find scoring elsewhere. "We're starting to get back to ourselves - assisted baskets, getting stops". "You've got to make shots when you're out there and we didn't do that".

Steffon Mitchell scored 17 points, Bowman added 11 with 10 boards and Jordan Chatman scored 12 points for the Eagles (11-5, 2-2 ACC).

Virginia Tech was led by a three-headed monster in Ahmed Hill, Justin Bibbs and Chris Clarke. Doral Moore contributed 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Demon Deacons. He played 22 minutes and had 12 points, but didn't play for the last 3:10.

ARGS standout Jada Boyd set two state records with 69 points and 32 rebounds as she had a triple double with 10 blocks but it came in a losing effort as they fell to Franklin 79-77 in overtime. The Hokies improve to 13-4, 2-2. "You let any team score 45 points in league play and be down like that, of course it's going to be a tough grind to come back".

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