Terrapins Rally To Down Deacons 75-62 in ACC Tournament
March 14, 2013
By Alex Botoman, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@TieDyeNation)
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Seventh-seeded Maryland took advantage of 10th-seeded Wake Forest's end-of-game shooting struggles to pull away late and defeat the Demon Deacons 75-62 on Thursday night at Greensboro Coliseum in the first round of the 2013 ACC Tournament.
The Deacons (13-18) and the Terrapins (21-11) had gone back and forth, exchanging the lead 11 times in the second half, before Wake Forest went cold with around seven minutes remaining, allowing Maryland to take the lead for good.
In his final game at Wake Forest, senior C.J. Harris scored 19 points, pulled down five rebounds and dished out two assists. Devin Thomas chipped in 14 points and racked up a career-high four assists to go with four rebounds. Thomas also had two steals and a block.
Codi Miller-McIntyre grabbed a career-high seven rebounds and also recorded six points, three assists, two steals and block.
Maryland's Dez Wells led all players with 21 points. Alex Len, Seth Allen, Nick Faust and Pe'Shon Howard also scored in double figures for the Terrapins.
The Terps advance to play second-seeded Duke on Friday in the quarterfinals.
C.J. Harris carried the Deacons in a back-and forth early portion of the game, scoring seven of Wake Forest's first 11 points to keep the Deacs within striking distance of the Terps.
With the Terrapins leading 18-15, a Harris 3-pointer sparked an 11-4 run that saw the Deacons take their largest lead of the first half at 29-22 with 3:43 remaining in the period.
Maryland rallied to get within a point at 29-28, but Wake Forest finished the first half on a 6-2 run, capped off by a Chase Fischer jumper, to take a 35-30 lead into the locker room.
The Terps came out hot in the second half, scoring the first six points of the period to take a 36-35 lead, but the Deacons found their footing as the two sides traded points over the next 12 minutes with neither team able to open up a lead of more than three points.
As Wake Forest missed some key free throws, Maryland finally began to pull away, rattling off a 10-2 spurt to take a 64-56 lead with under five minutes left and the Terrapins were able to hold on for the win.