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“The way we’ve been playing lately, we’ve been on top of our game and playing good ball,” Brown said of the Hokies, who had won six straight entering the game. “You’ve got to credit Wake Forest’s defense. They came and pressured us and played excellent.”

The Hokies shot only 32.3 percent in the first half, and they were behind 24-15 in rebounds at the break.

“I was extremely disappointed in our basketball team, right from the start of the game to be quite honest,” Tech coach Seth Greenberg said.

The Hokies climbed out of their early hole by shooting 48.1 percent in the second half. They went on a 9-2 run late in the game and took their first and only lead on Eddie’s 3-pointer with 1:20 remaining.

Harris answered 15 seconds later with a 3-pointer.

Wake Forest (10-5), the second-worst rebounding team in the ACC entering the game, finished with a 42-31 rebounding advantage.

Richmond native Travis McKie (John Marshall) led all players with 15 rebounds. He also had 12 points for his seventh career double-double.

“If we rebound, we give ourselves a chance to win against anybody,” McKie said.

McKie, who was recruited by Tech, can now claim a victory over the Hokies. The Demon Deacons, who went 1-15 in ACC play last year, lost twice to Tech last year during McKie’s freshman season.

“I’ve lost to Richmond twice. I’ve lost to VCU once. I beat Virginia once, and now I’ve beaten Virginia Tech,” McKie said. “So I feel pretty good about myself.”