It wasn’t pretty, but it was more than necessary.
Virginia Tech got a late and-1 runner by Robert Brown with 12.3 seconds remaining to edge Wake Forest by a final score of 66-65 on Saturday afternoon. Brown missed the free throw, but the score was enough to give the Hokies the advantage that eventually turned out to be the difference.
Brown had missed his previous ten shot attempts and finished the contest with a 2-for-11 day from the field, but the one that mattered the most, fell in the waning seconds. The story of the game however, was the simple victory for the Hokies.
Virginia Tech now boasts an 11-6 record overall and 2-2 mark within the ACC. It seems like ages ago when this same Hokies squad began the season at 7-0.
Erick Green continues to provide head coach James Johnson with a dynamite offensive weapon. Green, who scored 22 points in the victory, is averaging a nation’s best 24.6 points per game.
The focus for the Hokies now turns to a Thursday night showcase will in-state rival Virginia. The Hokies could have potential to compete within the mid-to-upper portion of the conference, but situations like the one on Saturday are games that this team must win.
So long story short, Virginia Tech took care of what they needed to on Saturday, winning the game and moving back to .500 in the conference. The late bucket by Brown gave Virginia Tech back-to-back wins, so things are progressing forward.
A 4-6 mark over their past ten games though is a cause for concern after their unbeaten start. For the Hokies’ sake though, they will hope the late victory on Saturday can provide even more momentum heading into their game with Virginia.
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