Wake Forest Downed by No. 21 Tennessee, 79-60
Dec. 23, 2017

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By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeMBB)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Wake Forest men's basketball team dropped its non-conference finale to No. 21 Tennessee, 79-60, Saturday afternoon at the LJVM Coliseum.

The loss snapped the Demon Deacons' (7-5) six-game winning streak that dated back nearly a month to Nov. 24. The Volunteers (9-2) have now won last four meetings between the schools.

Keyshawn Woods led all scorers with 18 points. It was his fifth-consecutive double-figure game and tenth of the season.

Mitchell Wilbekin also recorded double figures with 11 points. He went 4-for-5 from the field and 2-for-2 from the free throw line for his sixth double-figure game of the season.

Though Tennessee took an early 9-5 lead, back-to-back baskets from Wilbekin and Brandon Childress tied the game early at nine each. After trading scores, a triple from Woods gave the Deacs their first lead of the game at 16-15. The Deacons managed to build up a six-point lead with just over seven minutes to go in the half before the Volunteers rallied to tie the game at 26-all. The final minutes of the opening frame were a back-and-forth battle at the free throw line, with the teams combining for eight attempts. Eventually the Volunteers would take a slight 36-35 advantage into halftime.

Woods finished the first half with 14 points, going 4-for-6 from the field and a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line.

Tennessee opened the second half hot in the field, hitting six of its first eight attempts to build up a nine-point lead. The Deacons were able to cut down the Volunteers' lead to five multiple times but were unable to complete the comeback as they fell 79-60.

Olivier Sarr recorded a career-high eight rebounds to lead the Deacons along with seven points, one point shy of matching a career high.

Up next, the Demon Deacons open ACC play on Dec. 30 with a trip to North Carolina. Tip is set for 12 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on ESPN2.


 

 

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