Virginia Tech men's basketball coach Mike Young thought he saw it all until Saturday

The veteran head coach watched as his team put on an offensive display to rally from a 15-point first-half deficit to beat Wake Forest.

Feb 27, 2024; Syracuse, New York, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies head coach Mike Young watches a play
Feb 27, 2024; Syracuse, New York, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies head coach Mike Young watches a play / Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports
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Virginia Tech men's basketball coach Mike Young has seen just about everything during his time on the sidelines in college basketball. Whether it was as a head coach or assistant coach, the veteran has seen just about everything he thought he did.

That was until Saturday night against Wake Forest.

Everything the Demon Deacons did in the first half signaled it was going to be a long night inside Cassell Coliseum. They knocked down eight of their first nine 3-pointers and led 40-25 when the Hokies coach and fans watched as things changed. Tech closed the half on an 11-6 run to close the deficit to 46-37 at halftime after trailing by as many as 15 points.

"We couldn’t slow them down, we were behind everything, they’re making shots left and right,'' said Young. "I thought cutting it to nine going into the half was significant. We kind of needed it, and man, we took off to start the second half, and coach (Steve) Forbes had to call a timeout.''

In the second half, the Hokies were the team that couldn't miss and once they got going, they outscored Wake Forest 50-30 for the win. Hunter Cattoor knocked down some shots, but the Hokies spread the ball around with 20 assists in the game. Lynn Kidd and Mylyjael Poteat found easy offense with several dunks, some uncontested after setting good screens and getting open rolling to the basket. It was the largest comeback in the Mike Young-era at Virginia Tech.

"I'm not sure I've ever seen a box score like that,'' Young said. "We led by as many as 16 in the second and they led by as many as 15 in the first.''

If Young doesn't remember seeing a boxscore like that in all of his time coaching in college basketball, that's saying something, but more importantly, the comeback was a win that his team desperately needed going into the final week of the season and looking to turn around their recent struggles.

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