Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports
In a game that was nowhere near as close as the score indicated, Wake Forest ended the season on a happy note, topping the Virginia Tech Hokies with a blistering offensive performance that included 21 assists on 29 baskets, and a record-setting day for senior great C.J. Harris.
It started 9-0 in favor of Wake Forest and didn't look back. The three-headed monster of C.J. Harris (who tied a career high 29 points and set a Wake Forest record 6-6 from beyond the arc), Arnaud William Adala Moto (16 points, 5-6 shooting, 6-7 from the free throw line), and Devin Thomas (17 points, 7-9, 3-4 and eight rebounds) helped to set the pace and really get the Deacons rolling on the offensive end. Virginia Tech's Erick Green lived up to his reputation as the #1 scorer in the nation, ending up with 35 points (9-18, 3-5 from three, 14-18 from the line) and Marquis Rankin had a 7-10 shooting day, but Wake was just too much, and too balanced, for the Hokies.
As I said, the score belies how much of a beat down this game was. A lot of Virginia Tech's easy baskets came essentially in garbage time, and Erick Green made an absolute living from the charity stripe. Everyone handled their business today. Codi Miller-McIntyre returned from strep throat with a strong 10 point, three rebound, four assist, two turnover performance. Travis McKie had a quiet offensive day with eight points but had four great assists. Madison Jones did admirably facilitating things early as the starting point guard. Aaron Rountree III terrified Erick Green on the defensive end. Tyler Cavanaugh actually dunked. Seriously.
This was a great game, and it was a joy to watch, but if anything it really drove home just how frustrating (and at times inexcusable) this season was. If we played how we did today every game, I can all but guarantee we'd have at least three or four more wins, if not more. This team is well and truly talented and has an excellent overall attitude. I can only hope that going forward, there will come a day when we see the team realize their capabilities rather than being textbook examples of "what if?"
Thank you, C.J. Harris. Go Deacs.