March 6, 2018
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By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeMBB)
BROOKLYN, N.Y. – No. 14-seeded Wake Forest fell to No. 11 Syracuse, 73-64, in the first round of the ACC Tournament Tuesday night at the Barclays Center.
The meeting was the first-ever postseason matchup between the schools, who entered the tournament with a series split for the 2017-18 season.
Bryant Crawford finished with a game-high 22 points for his 10th 20-point game of the season and 26th of his career. Crawford now has 1,470 career points, good for 22nd in program history.
Crawford also dished out six assists to finish the season 152 good for 15th in a single season. His career total moves up to 467, which is seventh in program history.
Brandon Childress recorded his 12th double-figure game of the season with 11 points, nine of which came in the second half.
The Orange (20-12) started Tuesday’s contest hot, going 4-for-4 from the field and 4-for-4 from the free throw line to take an early 13-4 advantage over the Deacons (11-20). Syracuse then capitalized on a Wake Forest scoring drought to build up a 16-point lead with 11 minutes remaining in the first half. However, Doral Moore snapped the scoring drought with a dunk-and-one before Crawford hit back-to-back layups to spark the Wake Forest offense. The Deacons went on a 9-0 run while holding the Orange without a field goal for over four minutes cut the deficit to four, 26-22, with four minutes to play. From there, the teams traded baskets for the remainder of the half, with Syracuse taking a 30-24 lead into halftime.
Much like the first half, Syracuse started the second period hot from the field, hitting its first three attempts and four free throws to build up a 12-point lead. The Demon Deacons managed to trim the deficit to eight before a 7-0 run from the Orange gave Syracuse a 15-point lead with 10 minutes to play. The Deacons rallied late, using an 11-0 run to cut the lead to seven, 53-60, with three minutes to go. Childress managed to trim the deficit to six with a layup-and-one but the Deacs could not complete the comeback as they fell 73-64.
Mitchell Wilbekin finished with three points on a triple in the first half. He finishes his career at Wake Forest sixth in career 3-pointers with 197 and sixth in career 3-point attempts with 510.
Doral Moore totaled seven points after going 3-for-5. He finishes the season with a 68.9 percent (153-of-222) field goal percentage, setting a Wake Forest single-season record.
Sunday Okeke finished Tuesday’s game with a career-high six rebounds to lead the team. He surpassed his previous best of four against Charlotte.
The final basket of the season came from senior Troy Rike, who netted a jumper with eight seconds to go to cap off his Demon Deacon career.