3 takeaways from Virginia Tech's enormous second half comeback win over Wake Forest

Down nine at halftime, the Hokies outscore the Demon Deacons 50-30 in the second half for a big ACC win at home.

Mar 2, 2024; Blacksburg, Virginia, USA; Wake Forest Demon Deacons guard Hunter Sallis (23) drives to
Mar 2, 2024; Blacksburg, Virginia, USA; Wake Forest Demon Deacons guard Hunter Sallis (23) drives to / Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports
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If there was one team looking to enjoy the calendar changing from February to March, it was Virginia Tech. The Hokies struggled with their lone bright spot being wins over Florida State and Virginia. They fell out of the NCAA Tournament bubble with their only shot being winning the ACC Tournament in two weeks in Washington, D.C.

Returning home to Cassell Coliseum Saturday night, things didn't start out well for Mike Young's team, but boy, did it finish well. Trailing by as much as 15 points in the first half, the Hokies trailed by nine points at halftime, but outscored Wake Forest, 50-30, in the second half to pick up a much-needed ACC victory at home. Here are three takeaways after Virginia Tech improved to 16-13 overall and 8-10 in the ACC, while the Demon Deacons suffered a second loss this week and fell to 18-11 overall and 10-8 in conference play.

Wake Forest cooled off fast

Talk about starting out well on the road. Wake Forest put up 46 first-half points, thanks in large part to starting the game 8-for-9 from behind the 3-point line. They spread the ball around and their shots were hitting nothing but the net. In some cases they knocked down wide-open shots, in some cases they knocked down contested shots.

In the second half, things changed and quickly. Virginia Tech started defending better and only allowed the Demon Deacons to hit three more 3-pointers after starting the game 8-for-9. Wake Forest struggled around the basket, from the outside and turned the ball over. Frustration set in and they picked up a key technical foul when they were down 66-60 and it kicked off a 10-1 Hokies run to pull away. What a turnaround.