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Nolley, Radford combine for 42, Hokies top Wake Forest 80-70

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Tyrece Radford is only 6-foot-1, but the redshirt freshman has played like a veteran big man for ACC surprise Virginia Tech.

Radford made a huge impact Tuesday night in the Hokies' 80-70 victory at Wake Forest. Radford's thunderous left-handed dunk through the hands of 7-foot Olivier Sarr was the highlight of his 21-point, 13-rebound, four-steal performance.

Driving to the basket from the left with less than 10 minutes to play, Radford dropped a powerful hammer over and through Sarr then converted a foul shot for a three-point play and a 15-point Hokies lead.

''That was the play of the year for us,'' said 6-7 Landers Nolley II, another redshirt freshman, who also scored 21 for the Hokies. True freshman Jalen Cone added 15 for the winners.

Virginia Tech (13-4, 4-2) stretched its lead to 20 before coasting home in the final minutes. Wake Forest (8-8, 1-5) played without standout guard Chaundee Brown (leg injury) for the third straight game - all losses.

Sarr led the Deacons with 18 points, nine rebounds and two blocks. Brandon Childress, who was in early foul trouble, added 16 and Andrien White had 12. The Deacons were hurt by 18 turnovers.

''We have to value the ball more,'' said Wake Forest coach Danny Manning.

Just minutes after the game, Radford was shown a video of the highlight dunk. But he didn't supply any colorful commentary - and he downplayed his jumping ability.

''We're just having fun,'' said Radford, who leads the Hokies in rebounding with 6.1 per game. ''I'm always up for the test - just say that.''

First-year Hokies coach Mike Young said his young team has made him raise his preseason team goals, though he wasn't specific. The Hokies pulled within a game of Duke and Louisville at the top of the ACC standings.

''Nothing is going to surprise me anymore with this team,'' Young said.

Virginia Tech grabbed a 20-10 early lead before Wake Forest roared back to take a six-point lead. The Hokies led 33-31 at halftime.

The Hokies outscored the Deacons 15-6 at the outset of the second half.

''We've got some guys on this team who haven't experience this (ACC play) before,'' said senior Childress.

BIG PICTURE

Virginia Tech: The Hokies picked up a key road victory in their quest to stay in touch with Duke, Louisville and Florida State at the top of the standings and play their way into the NCAA Tournament.

Wake Forest: The Deacons missed the offense and bulk of Brown, who did not practice this past week. The home loss to Virginia Tech has to be considered a missed opportunity for a team in need of a boost.

KEY STATS: Virginia Tech made 15 of 25 shots in the second half, including 4 of 9 from 3-point range. Wake Forest made only 2 of 10 3-point shots in the final half.

KEY MOMENT: Radford's three-point dunk play took the air out of a Wake Forest crowd that knew a victory was crucial to the team's postseason hopes.

UP NEXT:

Va. Tech: The Hokies play host to Syracuse on Jan. 18.

Wake Forest: The Deacons play host to Boston College on Jan. 19.

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Time Team Play Score
20:00   Jumpball received by Wake Forest  
19:43 +3 Andrien White made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Ody Oguama 0-3
19:23 +3 Landers Nolley II made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Wabissa Bede 3-3
19:07   Personal foul on Hunter Cattoor  
18:55   Andrien White missed 3-pt. jump shot  
18:53   Defensive rebound by Tyrece Radford  
18:47 +3 P.J. Horne made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Wabissa Bede 6-3
18:31   Isaiah Mucius missed 3-pt. jump shot  
18:29   Defensive rebound by P.J. Horne  
18:13 +2 P.J. Horne made driving layup, assist by Wabissa Bede 8-3
17:52   Isaiah Mucius missed jump shot  
17:50   Offensive rebound by Ody Oguama  
17:46   Ody Oguama missed layup  
17:44   Defensive rebound by Tyrece Radford  
17:40   Offensive foul on P.J. Horne  
17:40   Turnover on P.J. Horne  
17:29 +2 Olivier Sarr made dunk, assist by Andrien White 8-5
17:03   Landers Nolley II missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:01   Defensive rebound by Olivier Sarr  
16:53   Shooting foul on Wabissa Bede  
16:53 +1 Isaiah Mucius made 1st of 2 free throws 8-6
16:53 +1 Isaiah Mucius made 2nd of 2 free throws 8-7
16:30   Hunter Cattoor missed 3-pt. jump shot  
16:28   Defensive rebound by Isaiah Mucius  
16:18   Personal foul on John Ojiako  
16:14   Offensive foul on Andrien White  
16:14   Turnover on Andrien White  
16:05   Landers Nolley II missed 3-pt. jump shot  
16:03   Offensive rebound by Tyrece Radford  
16:00 +2 Tyrece Radford made dunk 10-7
15:48 +3 Andrien White made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Olivier Sarr 10-10
15:16   Wabissa Bede missed 3-pt. jump shot  
15:14   Defensive rebound by Torry Johnson  
15:03   Traveling violation turnover on Isaiah Mucius  
14:47   Personal foul on Brandon Childress  
14:37   John Ojiako missed jump shot  
14:35   Defensive rebound by Olivier Sarr  
14:12   Torry Johnson missed jump shot  
14:10   Offensive rebound by Olivier Sarr  
14:06   Andrien White missed jump shot  
14:04   Offensive rebound by Torry Johnson  
14:04   Personal foul on John Ojiako  
14:03   Personal foul on Nahiem Alleyne  
13:48   Out of bounds turnover on Jahcobi Neath  
13:30 +3 Jalen Cone made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Landers Nolley II 13-10
13:17   Lost ball turnover on Isaiah Mucius, stolen by Jalen Cone  
13:11   Landers Nolley II missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:09   Offensive rebound by Wabissa Bede  
13:03   Jalen Cone missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:01   Defensive rebound by Andrien White  
12:48   Olivier Sarr missed layup  
12:46   Offensive rebound by Isaiah Mucius  
12:44   Isaiah Mucius missed layup, blocked by P.J. Horne  
12:42   Offensive rebound by Wake Forest  
12:36   Michael Wynn missed 3-pt. jump shot  
12:34   Defensive rebound by Wabissa Bede  
12:22   Personal foul on Michael Wynn  
12:10   Bad pass turnover on Isaiah Wilkins, stolen by Olivier Sarr  
12:06   Sharone Wright Jr. missed layup, blocked by P.J. Horne  
12:04   Defensive rebound by Hunter Cattoor  
11:50   Offensive foul on P.J. Horne  
11:50   Turnover on P.J. Horne  
11:31   Lost ball turnover on Sharone Wright Jr., stolen by Isaiah Wilkins  
11:25   Isaiah Wilkins missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:23   Defensive rebound by Brandon Childress  
11:17   Lost ball turnover on Michael Wynn, stolen by Isaiah Wilkins  
11:01 +2 Wabissa Bede made driving layup 15-10
10:43   Brandon Childress missed jump shot, blocked by John Ojiako  
10:41   Defensive rebound by Tyrece Radford  
10:20   Hunter Cattoor missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:18   Defensive rebound by Olivier Sarr  
10:13   Lost ball turnover on Brandon Childress, stolen by Tyrece Radford  
9:56   Personal foul on Brandon Childress  
9:41 +2 Landers Nolley II made hook shot 17-10
9:25   Isaiah Mucius missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:23   Defensive rebound by John Ojiako  
9:06   Landers Nolley II missed jump shot  
9:04   Offensive rebound by John Ojiako  
9:00 +3 Jalen Cone made 3-pt. jump shot 20-10
8:39 +3 Torry Johnson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Olivier Sarr 20-13
8:19 +2 Landers Nolley II made jump shot 22-13
8:19   Shooting foul on Torry Johnson  
8:19   Landers Nolley II missed free throw  
8:19   Defensive rebound by Isaiah Mucius  
8:12 +2 Olivier Sarr made turnaround jump shot, assist by Torry Johnson 22-15
7:49   Branden Johnson missed jump shot, blocked by Olivier Sarr  
7:47   Defensive rebound by Jahcobi Neath  
7:41 +2 Jahcobi Neath made driving layup 22-17
7:41   Shooting foul on Landers Nolley II  
7:41   Jahcobi Neath missed free throw  
7:41   Defensive rebound by Landers Nolley II  
7:22   Tyrece Radford missed layup  
7:20   Offensive rebound by Landers Nolley II  
7:13   Jalen Cone missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:11   Defensive rebound by Andrien White  
7:07   Torry Johnson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:05   Defensive rebound by Nahiem Alleyne  
6:47   Tyrece Radford missed layup, blocked by Isaiah Mucius  
6:45   Defensive rebound by Isaiah Mucius  
6:38   Andrien White missed layup  
6:36   Offensive rebound by Andrien White  
6:32   Andrien White missed layup, blocked by John Ojiako  
6:30   Offensive rebound by Torry Johnson  
6:24 +2 Olivier Sarr made jump shot 22-19
6:12   Personal foul on Isaiah Mucius  
6:06   Wabissa Bede missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:04   Defensive rebound by Andrien White  
5:55   Shooting foul on John Ojiako  
5:55 +1 Olivier Sarr made 1st of 2 free throws 22-20
5:55 +1 Olivier Sarr made 2nd of 2 free throws 22-21
5:27   Landers Nolley II missed jump shot  
5:25   Defensive rebound by Olivier Sarr  
5:11 +3 Andrien White made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Isaiah Mucius 22-24
4:49 +3 Landers Nolley II made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Wabissa Bede 25-24
4:26   Shooting foul on Branden Johnson  
4:26 +1 Olivier Sarr made 1st of 2 free throws 25-25
4:26 +1 Olivier Sarr made 2nd of 2 free throws 25-26
4:06   Personal foul on Sharone Wright Jr.  
4:06   Wabissa Bede missed free throw  
4:06   Defensive rebound by Isaiah Mucius  
4:01 +2 Olivier Sarr made driving dunk, assist by Sharone Wright Jr. 25-28
3:35   Landers Nolley II missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:33   Defensive rebound by Sharone Wright Jr.  
3:16 +3 Andrien White made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Torry Johnson 25-31
2:59   Landers Nolley II missed layup  
2:57   Offensive rebound by Tyrece Radford  
2:51 +2 Tyrece Radford made dunk 27-31
2:39   Lost ball turnover on Andrien White, stolen by Tyrece Radford  
2:39   Personal foul on Andrien White  
2:39   Tyrece Radford missed free throw  
2:39   Defensive rebound by Olivier Sarr  
2:13   Jahcobi Neath missed layup  
2:11   Defensive rebound by Branden Johnson  
2:11 +2 Tyrece Radford made driving layup, assist by Wabissa Bede 29-31
1:44   Bad pass turnover on Jahcobi Neath, stolen by Branden Johnson  
1:23   Personal foul on Jahcobi Neath  
1:23 +1 Landers Nolley II made 1st of 2 free throws 30-31
1:23 +1 Landers Nolley II made 2nd of 2 free throws 31-31
1:10   Olivier Sarr missed jump shot  
1:08   Defensive rebound by Tyrece Radford  
58.0   Shooting foul on Olivier Sarr  
58.0 +1 Landers Nolley II made 1st of 2 free throws 32-31
58.0 +1 Landers Nolley II made 2nd of 2 free throws 33-31
44.0   Olivier Sarr missed hook shot  
42.0   Offensive rebound by Wake Forest  
41.0   Offensive foul on Andrien White  
41.0   Turnover on Andrien White  
31.0   Out of bounds turnover on Hunter Cattoor  
11.0   Olivier Sarr missed jump shot  
5.0   Defensive rebound by Tyrece Radford  
5.0   30-second timeout called  

Time Team Play Score
19:47   Out of bounds turnover on Wabissa Bede  
19:32   Bad pass turnover on Sharone Wright Jr., stolen by Landers Nolley II  
19:21   Landers Nolley II missed 3-pt. jump shot  
19:19   Defensive rebound by Sharone Wright Jr.  
19:05   Isaiah Mucius missed layup  
19:03   Defensive rebound by P.J. Horne  
18:56 +2 Tyrece Radford made layup, assist by Wabissa Bede 35-31
18:40 +2 Brandon Childress made jump shot 35-33
18:15 +2 Wabissa Bede made driving layup 37-33
18:01   Sharone Wright Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:59   Defensive rebound by P.J. Horne  
17:53   P.J. Horne missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:51   Defensive rebound by Isaiah Mucius  
17:34 +2 Sharone Wright Jr. made reverse layup 37-35
17:16   Personal foul on Isaiah Mucius  
17:11   Personal foul on Isaiah Mucius  
17:04 +2 Landers Nolley II made jump shot 39-35
16:55   Brandon Childress missed 3-pt. jump shot  
16:53   Defensive rebound by Tyrece Radford  
16:44   Offensive foul on Wabissa Bede  
16:44   Turnover on Wabissa Bede  
16:27   Olivier Sarr missed layup  
16:25   Defensive rebound by P.J. Horne  
16:17   Landers Nolley II missed 3-pt. jump shot  
16:15   Defensive rebound by Olivier Sarr  
16:05   Bad pass turnover on Brandon Childress, stolen by Landers Nolley II  
16:00   Landers Nolley II missed layup  
15:58   Defensive rebound by Brandon Childress  
15:53   Sharone Wright Jr. missed layup  
15:51   Defensive rebound by Wabissa Bede  
15:47 +2 Landers Nolley II made driving layup 41-35
15:29 +2 Michael Wynn made driving layup 41-37
15:08 +2 P.J. Horne made dunk, assist by Wabissa Bede 43-37
14:46   Bad pass turnover on Michael Wynn, stolen by Tyrece Radford  
14:39 +2 Wabissa Bede made driving layup, assist by Tyrece Radford 45-37
14:27   Out of bounds turnover on Olivier Sarr  
14:15 +3 Jalen Cone made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Wabissa Bede 48-37
13:52   Torry Johnson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:50   Offensive rebound by Wake Forest  
13:50   Personal foul on John Ojiako  
13:42 +3 Jahcobi Neath made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Brandon Childress 48-40
13:15   Landers Nolley II missed jump shot  
13:13   Defensive rebound by Jahcobi Neath  
13:06   Andrien White missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:04   Defensive rebound by P.J. Horne  
12:47 +3 Jalen Cone made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Wabissa Bede 51-40
12:17 +2 Olivier Sarr made layup 51-42
11:58 +2 Jalen Cone made jump shot 53-42
11:44   Unsportsmanlike technical foul on Wabissa Bede  
11:44   Unsportsmanlike technical foul on Andrien White  
11:44 +1 Brandon Childress made 1st of 2 free throws 53-43
11:44 +1 Brandon Childress made 2nd of 2 free throws 53-44
11:44   Wabissa Bede missed 1st of 2 free throws  
11:44   Wabissa Bede missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
11:44   Offensive rebound by Virginia Tech  
11:31   Jalen Cone missed layup, blocked by Olivier Sarr  
11:29   Defensive rebound by Ismael Massoud  
11:14