Deacs Fall to No. 13 UNC in ACC Opener
Dec. 30, 2017
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By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeMBB)
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Wake Forest men's basketball dropped a heartbreaker to No. 13 North Carolina, 73-69, in the team's ACC opener Saturday afternoon at the Smith Center.
The game marked the fourth-straight season in which the Demon Deacons (7-6, 0-1 ACC) opened conference play on the road and third-straight year Wake Forest played a ranked team on the road to kickoff ACC play.
After taking a 35-30 lead into halftime, the Tar Heels (12-2, 1-0 ACC) opened the second half on a 5-0 run to take their largest lead of the day at 40-30. The Deacons hit 4-for-5 from the field to cut the lead back down to just three but UNC once again pushed the lead back to nine. Back-to-back-to back triples from Terrance Thompson, Keyshawn Woods and Bryant Crawford tied the game 62-all with seven minutes remaining.
The Deacons took their first lead of the second half at 66-65 with under four minutes left in the game. Wake Forest continued to outscore the Tar Heels 16-3, using another 7-0 run, to gain its largest lead of the day at four with just over two minutes to go. A basket from North Carolina's Luke Maye along with a pair of free throws from Theo Pinson tied the game at 69-all with 51 seconds to go. After drawing a foul with 1.3 seconds remaining, North Carolina's Kenny Williams sunk two at the free throw line to put the game out of reach for the Demon Deacons.
After the Deacs took an early 3-0 lead to start today's game, the teams traded baskets until the Tar Heels earned a five-point lead, its largest of the first half, with nine minutes to go. The Deacons used a 6-0 run to tie the score 24-all while Brandon Childress gave the Deacons their first lead in over 12 minutes at the free throw line. North Carolina used a 7-0 run of its own to regain the lead at 31-27. A triple from Wilbekin snapped the run but the Tar Heels took the 35-30 advantage into halftime.
Crawford led Wake Forest with 17 points, his 12th double-figure game of the season, along with five assists. Woods also finished in double digits with 12 points.
Wilbekin tallied nine points while Childress finished with eight points and a team-high seven assists.
Doral Moore matched a career-high five blocks to go along with a team-leading eight rebounds.
The Demon Deacons held the Tar Heels to 39.7 percent from the field, the fifth time this season the Deacs have held an opponent under 40 percent.
Up next, the Demon Deacons return to the LJVM Coliseum to open their ACC home schedule on Jan. 3 against Syracuse. Tip is set for 7 p.m. on ESPNU.