Deacons Knock Off No. 18 NC State 86-84
Devin Thomas scored 25 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead the Deacons to victory

Jan. 22, 2013

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By Currie McFayden, (@TieDyeNation)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Devin Thomas saved the first double-double of his career for the perfect time, scoring 25 points and grabbing 14 rebounds to lead Wake Forest to an 86-84 upset of No. 18 NC State 86-84 at Lawrence Joel Coliseum on Tuesday evening.

The Wolfpack built a 16-point lead in the first half and led 47-35 going into the locker room, but the Demon Deacons dominated the second half. Two separate runs in the second half, one 9-2 and the other 12-0, powered the Deacons into the lead midway through the period.

NC State made a late run, cutting the lead to a point with one minute remaining, but the Wolfpack missed five of its last six shots, and a pair of free throws by Travis McKie with four seconds remaining sealed the victory for Wake Forest.

McKie (16), Codi Miller-McIntyre (15) and C.J. Harris (10) all joined him in double figures. Arnaud William Adala Moto fell just short of a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds. Thomas had a true stat-stuffing night, adding four assists, four blocks and three steals to his 25 points and 14 boards.

After taking a shot to the face in the second half that forced him to the locker room, Harris emerged from the tunnel and took the court with 29 seconds remaining, grabbing a crucial rebound and making a free throw to help the Deacons hold onto the win.

The Deacs shot 49 percent (31-of-63) from the field, including 59.4 percent in the second half. NC State shot 48 percent (34-of-70), but hit just two of its nine three-pointers.

Rodney Purvis led the Wolfpack in scoring with 18 points and was joined in double figures by T.J. Warren (14), Richard Howell (13), Lorenzo Brown (13) and C.J. Leslie (13). Howell led all players in rebounds with 16 and Brown had a double-double with 10 assists.

After fighting to a 7-7 deadlock early, the Wolfpack used an 20-6 run to take control of the matchup. Warren keyed the run with six points, and Leslie and Brown added four apiece. Miller-McIntyre finally ended the run with a jumper at the 9:07 mark to make it 27-15 in favor of NC State.

Madison Jones ended the first half on a high note for the Demon Deacons. Following a strong block and rebound by Thomas, Jones ran the length of the floor on a fast break and scored on a layup with just over one second to play, cutting the Wolfpack's lead to 47-35 heading into the locker room.

Wake Forest came out of the break on fire. Down 53-42 with 18:09 left, the Deacs went on a 9-2 run to close the gap to just four points. Thomas again played a key role, grabbing a pair of rebounds and scoring the final bucket of the run.

Maintaining the huge surge of momentum, the Demon Deacons traded baskets with the Wolfpack over the next six minutes before seizing a 66-64 lead on consecutive dunks by Thomas and McKie with just under 10 minutes remaining.

With Wake Forest fielding a lineup of five freshmen, Miller-McIntyre and Adala Moto starred over the next five minutes to spur a 12-0 run that vaulted the Deacs to an 82-72 lead with 3:50 remaining in the game.

NC State refused to go away, however. The Wolfpack used a 10-1 run to close the gap to 83-82 with just over a minute left.

Ultimately, however, the Deacons weathered the storm. Two free throws by McKie with four seconds left iced the game and sealed the 86-84 victory.

Wake Forest will return to action on Saturday when it travels to face Georgia Tech at the newly renovated McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta. Tipoff is set for 3 p.m. The game will be broadcast the ACC Network and can also be heard on the Wake Forest IMG Sports Network.



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