Hokies lose to Wake Forest

Chris Coleman, TechSideline.com, on January 23, 2014
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Despite a career high 26 points from Devin Wilson, Virginia Tech fell to Wake Forest 83-77 in Cassell Coliseum on Wednesday night.  Tech dropped to 8-10 overall and 1-5 with the loss, while the Demon Deacons improved to 13-6 and 3-3.

Freshman point guard Devin Wilson scored 26 points – 25 of which came in the second half.  He was 6-of-10 from the field, 3-of-4 from three-point range, and 11-of-14 from the free throw line.  He also had four assists and two steals.

Despite Wilson’s heroics in the second half, the Hokies were never really in the game.  They trailed 37-17 at one point in the first half, and shot 22.6% from the field over the first 20 minutes.

Jarell Eddie scored 20 points and made 4-of-10 shots from three-point range, finally getting out of his slump in a game in which Tech trailed by double figures for most of the way.  Freshman forward Trevor Thompson scored 10 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in 18 minutes of action.  He had seven offensive reboundns.

Cadarian Raines only had five points and three rebounds in 24 minutes after scoring 20 points against Notre Dame on Sunday.

The Hokies were in a hole from the beginning offensively.  Ben Emelogu and Adam Smith missed the game with injuries, which means Tech started former walkin Will Johnston at shooting guard.  Johnston got in foul trouble early, which forced Jarell Eddie to play shooting guard and Marshall Wood to play small forward.  As a result, Tech struggled offensively in the first half.

Despite that setback, they could have stayed in the game with a better defensive effort in the first half.  However, Wake Forest shot 54.8% in the first half and 53.6% for the game, and the poor defensive effort by the Hokies took away any chance of picking up a win.

Tech returns to action on Saturday when they travel to Charlottsville to play UVA.  Tipoff is scheduled for 3pm, and the game will be televised by The ACC Network.

Box Score (HokieSports.com)

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