Winston-Salem, N.C. -- C.J. Harris
tied a career high with 29 points in his final home game as Wake Forest routed Virginia Tech 90-79 Sunday at Joel Coliseum.
The Demon Deacons (13-17, 6-12 Atlantic Coast Conference) secured the No. 10 seed for the upcoming ACC tournament, which begins Thursday in Greensboro. Wake Forest will open tourney play against seventh-seeded Maryland at 7:30 p.m.
Virginia Tech (13-18, 4-14 ACC) finished alone in last place and will face either Virginia or North Carolina State at 2:30 p.m. Thursday.
Harris, the Demon Deacons' lone scholarship senior, went 8 of 14 from the floor and knocked down all six of his 3-point attempts, helping Wake Forest build a 16-point first-half lead. Devin Thomas
added 17 points and eight rebounds, and Arnaud Adala Moto added 16 points for the Demon Deacons, who went 11-4 at home this season. Wake Forest shot 59.2 percent from the floor and posted a season high in points and tied a season high with nine made 3-pointers.
Erick Green, who entered Sunday as the nation's leading scorer at 25.0 points per game, tied his career high and led Virginia Tech with 35 points. Marquis Rankin scored a career-high 15 points for the Hokies. Jarell Eddie added 13.
The Demon Deacons led by double digits less than four minutes into the game, going up 14-4 on Thomas' 3-point play. The Hokies, who finished with just four ACC wins for the second straight year, showed little spark early despite having four days off since a loss at Duke.
After Harris hit a 3-pointer with 14:45 left in the first half to put the Demon Deacons up 17-6, they led by double digits the rest of the half. Chase Fischer's 3-pointer right in front of the Virginia Tech bench stretched the lead to 38-22 with 2:12 left in the half.
Wake Forest led 41-27 at halftime. The Demon Deacons scored the first five points of the second half to push the lead to 19, the last three coming on a 3-point play from Adala Moto.
The Demon Deacons led wire-to-wire and took their biggest lead less than two minutes into the second half, going up by 21 on a Harris 3-pointer with 18:45 left.
NOTES: Hokies forward Marshall Wood got kicked in the head in the first half in a scramble for a loose ball and left the game briefly with dizziness before returning later in the half. ... Green broke Virginia Tech's single-season scoring record by scoring his 786th point, one more than Bimbo Coles scored in the 1989-90 season. ... Wake Forest guard Codi Miller-McIntyre returned after missing Tuesday's game at North Carolina State with strep throat, but Madison Jones remained in the starting lineup. Miller-McIntyre scored 10 points and added four assists.
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