WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Despite career performances from Bryant Crawford and Doral Moore, the Wake Forest men’s basketball team fell to NC State, 90-84, Saturday afternoon at the LJVM Coliseum.
The Demon Deacons move to 10-17 on the season with a 3-12 mark in ACC play while the Wolfpack move to 18-9 with an 8-6 conference ledger.
Crawford tallied his eighth 20-point game of the season with a career high 29 points while matching a season high with six rebounds. He has scored at least 20 points in three of his last four games.
Moore recorded his fourth-straight double-double with a career high 23 points and 12 rebounds. The last time a Deacon recoded four double-doubles in a row was when John Collins posted four straight from Feb. 14 – March 1, 2017.
Moore has now pulled down double-digit boards in 10 consecutive ACC games, the third-longest streak by a Demon Deacon in ACC play since 1960.
Keyshawn Woods chipped in 13 points, his 14th double-digit game off the bench this season. His 14 double-figure efforts are the most by a Deac since Taron Downey also had 14 in 2004-05.
Donovan Mitchell posted a career-high seven rebounds, replacing the six boards he tallied against Virginia Tech and at Duke earlier this season.
After trailing by as many as 14 points in the second half, the Demon Deacons rallied to pull within two possessions in the final seconds before NC State took the six-point victory.
Chaundee Brown opened the scoring for both teams Saturday with a jumper on the Deacs’ first possession, just 13 seconds into the game. NC State then tied the game with a pair of free throws before back-to-back buckets from Crawford gave the Deacons an early 6-2 advantage. Wake Forest started off hot in the field, going 4-for-7 in the opening minutes while holding NC State to 1-for-6. However, a 7-0 run by the Pack gave them their first lead of the afternoon at 11-10. A triple from Woods stopped the NC State run but the Wolfpack used another 9-0 run to take a seven-point edge at 20-13 with 11 minutes to go. After a slow start, the Wolfpack hit 4-of-7 from the field to take a 29-21 advantage. Moore hit a jumper, but then NC State’s Sam Hunt knocked down a triple to give the Wolfpack their largest lead of the half at nine with six minutes to play. A late 7-0 run from the Deacons cut the Pack’s lead to two, but NC State countered with a 6-0 run to take a 40-34 advantage into halftime.
Crawford had 19 first half points after going 8-for-11 from the field. The 19 points are the most first half points by a Deac since C.J. Harris had 19 in the first half against Boston College on Jan. 12, 2013.
The Wolfpack built up an early 13-point lead in the second half after going 3-for-4 from beyond the arc. The Demon Deacons trimmed the lead to single digits on multiple occasions, but the Wolfpack kept the Deacs at arm’s length through much of the second half, gaining a 14-point advantage with under 10 minutes to play. The Deacons pulled within five at with 42 seconds remaining and four points with 15 seconds to go, but the rally was too late as the Pack took the 90-84 victory.
Sunday Okeke recorded his first ACC career basket on a putback in the second half. He finished with two points and two rebounds in five minutes.
The 2017-18 Wake Forest Hall of Fame class was honored at halftime of Saturday’s game. The class consisted of Chris Barclay (football), Lauren Crandall (field hockey), John Gerring (men’s golf), Michelle Sikes (women’s track and field), and Steve Vallos (football). Tal Jobe was also honored as the Gene Hooks Award winner.
Up next, the Demon Deacons hit the road to face Pitt on Feb. 21. Tip is set for 9 p.m. on Regional Sports Networks.