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