WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The Virginia Cavaliers (11-5, 2-3 ACC) fell to the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (12-4, 4-1 ACC) at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Saturday afternoon (Jan. 13).
Reece Beekman led the Cavaliers with 10 points and added a team-high four assists. Jordan Minor posted season highs with nine points and five rebounds in his first start at Virginia.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Demon Deacons had the hot hand coming out of the gate, opening up with a 12-4 advantage over the Cavaliers. Virginia cut the deficit with a 10-2 and 6-0 run to tie the score at 14 with just under six minutes remaining in the first half. After a 10-1 Wake Forest run, the Cavaliers responded with a 6-0 scoring burst of their own, capped off by a Beekman 3-pointer, to bring the game within four points [25-21]. The Demon Deacons, who shot 46 percent (11-of-24) and surrendered nine turnovers in the first half, responded with a layup in the final seconds of the stanza and went into the intermission with a 27-21 lead.
Wake Forest got off to another hot start to open up the second half, as a 10-2 Demon Deacon run put the Cavaliers down 16 points. Wake would continue to hold off the Cavaliers, ultimately outscoring the Hoos 39-26 in the second half. The Demon Deacons canned 10 of 21 3-pointers in the win.
Virginia hosts Virginia Tech in a Commonwealth Clash on Wednesday, Jan. 17. Tipoff at John Paul Jones Arena is set for 7 p.m. on ESPNU.