Blacksburg - Virginia Tech point guard Devin Wilson scored a career-high 26 points, but the Hokies got off to a slow start and couldn't catch up, falling to Wake Forest 83-77 in ACC action Wednesday night at Cassell Coliseum.
The loss marked the Hokies' fifth straight and sent them to 8-10 overall on the season, 1-5 in the ACC. Wake Forest moved to 13-6 overall, 3-3 in ACC play.
Behind Travis McKie, Wake Forest got off to a sizzling start, shooting 54.8 percent from the floor in the first half (17 of 31) and making 7 of its 10 3-point attempts. The Demon Deacons made eight straight baskets at one stretch, and they took what turned out to be their biggest lead of the game on a 3-pointer by Miles Overton with 4:15 left in the half that gave them a 40-19 edge. McKie scored 15 first-half points, and Wake Forest led 42-27 at halftime.
The Hokies tried to make a game of it in the final five minutes, as Wilson scored 17 of his career-high 26 in the final 5:35.
But Wake Forest wins its first road game of the season. The Hokies missed their first 11 shots from the floor and shot just 33.8 percent (22 of 65) for the game.
Jarel Eddie finished with 20 points for the Hokies, Trevor Thompson added 10 and 12 rebounds.
Virginia Tech returns to action Saturday when it travels to Charlottesville for a game against state-rival Virginia. Tipoff is slated for 3 p.m.