WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., FEB. 10 -- Freshman Randolph Childress scored 11 of his 19 points in the last 10 minutes today, helping Wake Forest beat 11th-ranked Virginia, 74-66. It was the road-weary Cavaliers' third defeat in four days.
Wake Forest (14-7 overall, 5-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) won its fourth straight game and beat Virginia for the second time in the last 12 tries.
Virginia (17-7, 5-5) had been on a six-game winning streak before losing by 12 points at Duke on Thursday and by 19 at North Carolina on Saturday.
Wake Forest erased a nine-point, halftime deficit by hitting 10 of its first 12 shots in the second half.
After the Demon Deacons went up, 56-55, on Childress's three-pointer, there were four ties and three lead changes before Wake Forest went ahead to stay at 65-63 with 3:53 left when Chris King tipped in Robert Siler's missed foul shot.
That basket started an 11-3 run to end the game. Childress, a Flint Hill graduate who one day earlier had scored a career-high 28 in an 86-74 win over Georgia Tech, had five points as the Demon Deacons pulled away from Virginia over the last 2:19.
Bryant Stith led Virginia with 26 points but was scoreless after providing the Cavaliers' last lead at 63-62.
Virginia, which shot miserably in its losses at Duke and North Carolina, appeared headed for a repeat early against the Demon Deacons. The Cavaliers missed their first four field goals and turned over the ball twice as Wake Forest broke to an 8-0 lead.
The Demon Deacons missed 15 of their next 18 shots from the floor, allowing Virginia to pull away to a 28-17 advantage.
Rodney Rogers, Wake Forest's leading scorer and rebounder, committed his third foul with 6:15 left in the first half and went to the bench. He was scoreless in the half.