January 7, 2010
Wake Forest uses late run to defeat Tech, 66-63
Late scoring drought dooms Hokies
Virginia Tech (10-5, 0-1 ACC) 333063
Wake Forest (10-5, 1-0 ACC) 303666
  • Winston-Salem, NC - Joel Coliseum - 680
  • High Points: 15 - Utahya Drye
  • High Rebounds: 6 - Utahya Drye, Shanel Harrison

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Wake Forest used an 11-1 run in the final 4:19 to pull off a come-from-behind 66-63 victory over Virginia Tech Thursday night at Joel Coliseum in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams. The Demon Deacons improve to 10-5, 1-0, while the Hokies fall to 10-5, 0-1.

After a back-and-forth second half, Tech seemed to have taken control when Lindsay Biggs (Sr., Midlothian, Va.) nailed a trey to complete an 8-0 run that gave the Hokies a 62-55 lead. Unfortunately, that was the point where Wake Forest began the comeback.

Demon Deacon freshman center Sandra Garcia, who had a game-high 22 points, keyed the winning charge by scoring seven points down the stretch. Garcia nailed a go-ahead three-pointer from the left wing with 23 seconds left on the clock giving Wake a 65-63 advantage. Following a Demon Deacon timeout to set up the defense, the Hokies got the ball inside to Alyssa Fenyn (Fr., Newark, N.Y.), but her layup attempt was blocked by Brittany Waters with only four ticks remaining in the contest. After a Tech foul, Secily Ray made the second of two free throws and the Hokies used their final timeout.

Nikki Davis (tr-Jr., Lexington, Ky.) raced up the floor into the frontcourt, but had the ball stolen by freshman Lakevia Boykin as time expired.

The opening half featured big runs by each team as the Demon Deacons jumped out to an 11-2 lead in the first three minutes forcing the Hokies to take a quick timeout. Tech, behind three-point buckets from Biggs and Davis, responded with a 20-4 run to briefly take a 22-18 lead. The teams battled back and forth with the Hokies taking a 33-30 lead to the locker room.

Utahya Drye (Sr., Durham, N.C.) led Tech with 15 points, including 12 in the second half. Davis finished the game with 14 points including two treys, while Fenyn and Biggs added eight points each.

In addition to Garcia, Boykin was the only other Demon Deacon in double figures with a career-high 12 points.

Wake Forest nailed 11 three-point baskets to four for Tech and the Demon Deacons narrowly won the rebounding battle, 36-33, marking only the third time this season that Hokies have lost the battle of the boards.

Tech returns to action on Thurs., Jan. 14 when the Hokies host No. 7 North Carolina in a 7 p.m. contest.

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