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Virginia Tech 66, Wake Forest 65

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BLACKSBURG, Va. -- After a rough first half, Erick Green carried Virginia Tech in the second, finishing with 22 points in a 66-65 Atlantic Coast Conference victory over Wake Forest on Saturday at Cassell Coliseum.

However, it was a basket by Robert Brown with 12.5 seconds remaining that won it for the Hokies (11-6, 2-2 in the ACC).

Green, the nation's leading scorer, had only four points in the first half on 1-for-8 shooting. But he came alive early in the second half, jump-starting a 7-0 run that helped Virginia Tech quickly erase a six-point halftime deficit.

Green went 7-for-10 from the field in the second half to lead Virginia Tech's rally.

Travis McKie led the Demon Deacons (9-8, 2-3), who have lost their last eight ACC road games, with 20 points and 15 rebounds.

Wake Forest led, 51-43, with 11:56 left, but the Hokies got hot behind Green to get back into the game.

Green's three-point play with 9:05 left cut the lead to two. Then Cadarian Raines found Joey van Zegeren for a dunk that tied the score, 51-51, with 8:21 left.

The Hokies finally took the lead, 55-53, on Green's long jumper with 6:26 left.

The game went back and forth the rest of the way.

McKie gave the Deacons a 62-59 lead on a 3-pointer with 1:53 left. Jarell Eddie, who finished with 18 points and nine rebounds, answered with a 3-pointer at the other end to tie the score, 62-62, with 1:37 left.

Arnaud Adala Moto of Wake Forest was whistled for a charge on the Deacons' next possession, and the Hokies went up 64-62 on Marquis Rankin's driving bucket with 45 seconds left.

McKie countered with a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 31 seconds left, giving the Deacons a 65-64 edge.

After the Hokies used their final timeout, Brown, who was 1-for-10 from the floor, hit a floater in the lane that decided the issue.

Wake Forest used its final timeout with 8.8 seconds left to set up a final play.

C.J. Harris came off a double screen and tried to drive for a dunk as time ran down, but Raines got a piece of it. Tyler Cavanaugh grabbed the rebounded went for the put-back, but van Zegeren deflected it and time expired.

NOTES: Virginia Tech forward Marshall Wood missed his seventh straight game with a broken foot, but dressed for the first time in more than a month. He might be available for the Jan. 24 game against Virginia. ... Wake Forest's last road victory came on Jan. 21, 2012, at Boston College. ... Virginia Tech won back-to-back games for the first time since beating Iowa and Oklahoma State on Nov. 27 and Dec. 1.
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