WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest men's basketball defeated Illinois, 80-73, Tuesday night in the annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
The Demon Deacons (3-4) improved to 12-5 all-time in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, including a 7-2 mark all-time at the LJVM Coliseum. Wake Forest is tied with Virginia for the second-most wins in the challenge with 12, both trailing Duke with 16.
The Deacs handed the Fighting Illini (6-1) their first loss of the season, while Illinois dropped to 8-11 all-time in the Challenge.
As a team, Wake Forest shot 51 percent from the field, 47 percent from behind the arc and 77 percent from the line to record their second 50-40-75 game of the season.
Doral Moore recorded 12 points on 6-for-7 shooting, including making his first five field goal attempts. Moore entered tonight's contest having made 11 consecutive field goal attempts and extended that to 16-for-16, eclipsing a program record 13-for-13 set by Kyle Visser in 2006-07 and Anthony Teachey in 1983-84.
Down nine midways through the first half, Wake Forest battled back to pull within two at 29-27 with six minutes remaining in the half. An alley-oop by Moore from Crawford tied the game 29-all while a free throw from Crawford gave the Deacons their first lead since the opening minute of play. The Deacs combined for a 13-5 run in the final seven minutes of the half to take a slight 35-34 lead into halftime.
The Deacons opened the second half with an 11-0 run to gain the largest lead of the night at 10. The Illini used an 11-2 run of their own to cut the Deacs' lead back down to two but the Deacs stayed hot in the field, shooting 58 percent in the second half to secure the 80-73 victory.
The Deacs overcame a nine-point deficit for the victory, the largest deficit overcome in a win this season.
Up next, the Demon Deacons wrap up their three-game homestand on Saturday, Dec. 2 against Richmond. Tip is set for 4 p.m.
CRAWFORD KEEPS MOVING UP -Crawford recorded 20 points tonight to move him up to 43rd in career scoring with 1,062 points. He surpasses Anthony Tucker (1,043) and Tony Byers (1,054) to claim his spot. -Crawford recorded two 3-pointers to move into a tie with Travis McKie in career 3-pointers with 121, good for 13th. He needs two more to move into the No. 12 spot with Dinos Mitoglou (123).
DOUBLE-FIGURE DEACS -With his 20 points tonight, Bryant Crawford has now recorded 32 consecutive double-figure games, a mark that continues to lead the ACC. -Doral Moore finished with double-digit points for the fourth time this season with 12 points on 6-for-7 shooting. -Mitchell Wilbekin recorded his third double-figure game of the season with 12 points on 4-for-6 shooting, including 2-for-3 beyond the arc. Wilbekin has finished in double digits in three of the four games he has started this season. -Brandon Childress found himself in double digits for the second time this season with 12 points. Childress recorded a season-high 14 points against Houston at the Paradise Jam.