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Uninspired defense lifts Hokies over Demon Deacons

The Demon Deacons came out flat in a largely quiet and empty atmosphere Wednesday night at Virginia Tech and it ultimately proved costly.

Despite great nights from sophomore Rondale Watson and senior Codi Miller-McIntyre, the Deacs found themselves trailing throughout the entire first half, facing a deficit of seven at halftime — although it easily could have been more. A combination of poor, uninspired defense, along with rushed, frantic offense played a major role in Wake Forest’s horrific first half. Unfortunately for the Deacs, this dreadful half was ultimately too much to overcome, as it is extremely difficult to win on the road in ACC play, especially when you spot the opposition seven points.

Virginia Tech controlled the tempo at their will, speeding up and slowing down the game as they pleased. The Deacs fought valiantly, regaining the lead late in the game and had an opportunity to send the game to overtime, but Miller-McIntyre missed two free throws with one second left on the clock and the Hokies escaped with the victory. This was a heart-wrenching loss for the Deacs and the first time all year Wake has failed to win a close game. Moving forward, it will be vital for the Demon Deacons to come out with more energy and purpose early in games. Otherwise, the Deacs are in for a rude awakening throughout the reminder of ACC play. 

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