Sunday, January 29, 2006

Virginia Tech 76, Wake Forest 70

Virginia Tech head coach Seth Greenberg actually had something to cheer about Saturday afternoon, as his team finally won its first game in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- The Virginia Tech Hokies, playing with only eight readily-dressed players from their full roster, were actually to able win an ACC matchup on Saturday, as they defeated the Wake Forest Demon Deacons by a score of 76-70 at Lawrence Joel Veteran's Memorial Coliseum.

Leading the way for Virginia Tech was the impressive play of 6'6" swingman A.D. Vassallo, who was able to knock down several crucial buckets for the Hokies in crunch time. Filling in for the suspended sophomore Deron Washington, the freshman small forward out of Puerto Rico finished with a career-high 29 points to go along with 10 rebounds. Junior shooting guard Jamon Gordon was also key in the Hokies' success, as he added 21 points to go along with a season-high total of 14 rebounds.

Trailing by as many as 12 points in the second half, both players were extremely instrumental in a late Hokies' 13-0 run that would set Virginia Tech up to eventually come away with the win.

Other Hokies worth mentioning in the winning effort were junior point guard Zabian Dowdell and sophomore small forward Wynton Witherspoon, who both saw significant minutes and finished with respective totals of 11 and 10 points each.

With the win, Virginia Tech was able to increase their conference record to 1-6, with an overall 11-9 season record. With that being said, the Hokies will return into action Tuesday night as they play host to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (9-9, 2-5).

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