BLACKSBURG, Va. — The roar began when Wake Forest's David Weaver went in for a layup and Virginia Tech freshman Cadarian Raines swatted it away. It turned deafening when Dorenzo Hudson collected the loose ball, drove and dunked over Ishmael Smith and Ari Stewart.
In five seconds, the Hokies went from trailing by nine to the midst of a tying comeback and eventually an 87-83 victory over No. 23 Wake Forest (18-6, 8-4 ACC) on Tuesday night.
"I just felt like we needed something to get us started," Hudson said of the play that fueled a 15-4 run that drew the Hokies even at 65 after they trailed most of the game.
Malcolm Delaney scored 10 of his 31 in the final seven minutes to lift the Hokies (21-4, 8-3) to their fifth straight victory and into second place in the ACC, with a matchup for the top spot looming on Sunday at No. 6 Duke.
It was the kind of win they sorely need to help offset one of the nation's weakest nonconference schedules.
NO. 2 KENTUCKY 81, MISS. ST. 75, OT: John Wall had 18 points, five in overtime, and came within two assists of a triple double as the visiting Wildcats (25-1, 10-1 SEC) rallied to win their sixth in a row.
NO. 11 MICH. ST. 72, INDIANA 58: Draymond Green had 14 points for the visiting Spartans (21-6, 11-3), who took sole possession of first in the Big Ten.
NO. 22 BAYLOR 88, TEXAS TECH 70: LaceDarius Dunn had 30 points as the host Bears (20-5, 7-4 Big 12) earned their third straight 20-win season.
GA. TECH 68, UNC 51: The host Yellow Jackets (18-8, 6-6 ACC) held the Tar Heels (14-12, 3-8) to their fewest points in Roy Williams' seven seasons as coach.
UCF 68, HOUSTON 65: The host Knights (13-12, 5-6 C-USA) held the Cougars without a field goal for the final 3:29.
OBITUARY: Dana Kirk, who began his head coaching career at Tampa and coached Memphis State to a 1985 Final Four appearance that was vacated because of NCAA violations, died Monday in Memphis. He was 74. Mr. Kirk was fired after the 1986 season then was indicted on income tax evasion and served four months in federal prison. He went 75-55 at UT from 1966-71, when the school dropped basketball for a time.
NO. 22 ST. JOHN'S 76, NO. 4 NOTRE DAME 71: Shenneika Smith had 23 points to help the host Red Storm (21-5, 9-4 Big East) to its first win ever over a top-five opponent. The Fighting Irish (23-2, 10-2) had won eight straight games.
NO. 9 W. VA. 55, RUTGERS 51: Sarah Miles had 16 points for the host Mountaineers (23-3, 10-2 Big East), who held on despite failing to hit a field goal in the final seven minutes.