Deacons Rally to Defeat Pitt, 63-59
Feb. 22, 2017

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Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@TieDyeNation)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Wake Forest stormed back from a 19-point deficit, pulling ahead in the final minute to earn a 63-59 win over Pitt inside the LJVM Coliseum on Wednesday night.

That margin ties the record for the largest deficit overcome in program history. Wake Forest previously overcame 19=point margins to beat Florida State in 1999 and Davidson in 1984.

The Demon Deacon (16-12, 7-9 ACC) defense forced the Panthers (15-13, 4-11 ACC) to miss 17 of their last 18 field goal attempts, including all of their final nine shots. Pitt shot just 16.7 percent (4-of-24) in the second half after a 41.4 percent (12-of-29) effort in the first half.

After trailing 36-17 with 2:51 left in the first half, Wake Forest outscored Pitt 46-23 to close out the game and earn the come-from-behind win.

John Collins racked up 22 points on 10-of-16 shooting and 13 rebounds, becoming the first Deacon to score 20 points in 11 straight games since Charlie Davis did so between the 1969-70 and 1970-71 seasons. It also marked his seventh 20-point, 10-rebound effort, most since Tim Duncan had 11 in 1996-97.

Bryant Crawford chipped in 10 points, a career-high nine rebounds and five assists, while Brandon Childress and Austin Arians added eight points apiece.

Konstantinos Mitoglou finished with seven points and seven rebounds.

After falling behind by 19, the Deacs finished the first half on a 7-0 run on buckets from Collins, Crawford and a Childress triple to cut the halftime deficit to 36-24.

Wake Forest gradually chipped away at Pitt's lead, finally tying the score at 57-57 with 2:37 left in the game on an Austin Arians trey and a Childress free throw, then took its first lead with 1:36 left on a Collins bucket.

The Panthers knotted the game at 59-59 on a pair of Sheldon Jeter free throws, but a Collins put-back with 18 seconds to go, a Pitt turnover, and two Childress free throws put the game away for good.

Michael Young led Pitt with 24 points on 7-of-14 shooting. He picked up his fourth foul with 14:02 left in the game, though, and was subbed out for the next eight minutes as the Deacs mounted their comeback.

• Pitt shot 16.7 percent from the floor in the second half. That mark is the sixth-lowest field goal percentage in a half by a Wake Forest opponent. • The 16.7 percent mark is also the second lowest by an ACC opponent.

Bryant Crawford is up to 289 assists during his Wake Forest career, surpassing Tim Duncan (288) and Broderick Hicks (286) to move into 13th all time.
• Crawford has also leapfrogged Danny Young (1982-83) with 156 season assists, 13th-most in program history.

• Wake Forest is off for a week before returning to action in the home finale against Louisville on March 1 at 9 p.m., before closing out the regular season at Virginia Tech on March 4.



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