BLACKSBURG, Virginia (Ticker) -- Taron Downey's efforts off the bench made Chris Paul's off night a mere side note.
Downey scored 18 points and ignited a pair of big runs with 3-pointers as No. 7 Wake Forest rolled to an 83-63 victory over Virginia Tech in an Atlantic Coast Conference battle.
With the score tied 11-11 just over seven minutes into the first half, Downey hit a 3-pointer to begin a 15-0 run and the Demon Deacons (19-3, 7-2 ACC) held a comfortable lead thereafter.
On the strength of 13 points from Downey, Wake Forest cruised into halftime with a 41-25 lead. Justin Gray, whose foul trouble in the first half yielded increased playing time for Downey, scored the Demon Deacons' first points of the second half with a 3-pointer - the 200th of his career.
Virginia Tech (12-8, 5-3) used an 8-0 run to close within 50-43 with 13:14 left in the second half, but Downey answered with a 3-pointer from the right corner to begin a 14-0 run that put the game out of reach.
Trent Strickland put an exclamation point on the second-half run with a thunderous dunk following his own steal.
Downey's performance made up for an 0-of-3 shooting night by Paul, who was held scoreless before hitting a free throw with 3:30 left. Paul, who scored 23 points in a 92-89 victory over No. 6 Duke on Wednesday and entered with a 15.7 scoring average, compensated for his three-point scoring output with nine assists in 35 minutes.
Gray, Wake Forest's leading scorer with an average of 16.9, scored 13 of his 16 points after intermission and grabbed six rebounds.
Eric Williams, who on Wednesday established Wake Forest's school record with 11 offensive rebounds, grabbed 11 defensive rebounds in this one. He had 14 points and 12 boards overall for his fourth straight double-double.
Jamon Gordon scored a career-high 22 points for the Hokies, who lost for just the second time in their last eight games.
Zabian Dowdell, who had 23 points in a 73-63 win at Miami on Wednesday, had 13 points, seven assists and four steals in Virginia Tech's six straight loss to Wake Forest.