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Wake Forest blows big lead, still tops No. 17 NC State 71-67

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Wake Forest played its best basketball all year while building a big lead against No. 17 North Carolina State, only to see the Wolfpack put together a frantic second-half rally.

Somehow, a team that lost all three of its Atlantic Coast Conference games by double figures found a way to recover.

Freshman Jaylen Hoard had 16 points and 10 rebounds, and the Demon Deacons beat the Wolfpack 71-67 on Tuesday night to extend N.C. State's frustrating run in Winston-Salem.

Wake Forest (8-8, 1-3) led 42-27 at halftime, and then 51-29 with a flurry out of the break. The Wolfpack (14-3, 2-2) made a move with 15 straight points to get back in it, and then fought all the way back to tie it at 58 on Devon Daniels' floater with 7:46 left.

But the Demon Deacons never let the Wolfpack go ahead, twice pushing the lead back up to six before getting some big plays from graduate transfer Torry Johnson down the stretch to hang on.

''It just shows we fought through adversity,'' said Brandon Childress, who had 10 points for Wake Forest. ''When they came back, we didn't point fingers. ... We kept moving the ball. We trusted each other. We ran the offense. We stayed locked in defensively and fought through.''

Torin Dorn scored 18 points for the Wolfpack, and C.J. Bryce added 17 points for a team missing starting point guard Markell Johnson. N.C. State had an awful start by shooting just 30 percent while missing 13 of 14 3-pointers before halftime, but finally started connecting from outside and cut down on turnovers to get back in it.

But after Daniels' shot, N.C. State missed eight straight attempts - three for the lead - to give the wobbly Demon Deacons a chance to stabilize themselves after going 7 1/2 minutes without a basket.

Wolfpack coach Kevin Keatts wasn't thrilled with the shot selection from his team after the comeback.

''If you look at that 10-minute stretch in the second half where we played extremely well to get back in it, we shared the basketball,'' Keatts said. ''Everybody got involved ... and we fed off each other.

''Toward the end, I think once we tied it up, I thought a couple of guys played hero basketball.''

BIG PICTURE

N.C. State: Johnson was out after taking a hard fall during a win against Pittsburgh, pulling 11.6 points and 4.1 assists from the lineup. And the Wolfpack looked out of sorts early by launching a lot of 3-pointers while failing to force the Demon Deacons into turnovers with pressure defense. The Wolfpack looked sharper in their comeback, but needed a few more plays to steal this one.

''The first half, we didn't play our game,'' Bryce said. ''We didn't play well on defense, a lot of shots weren't falling for us. ... We picked it up in the second half but happened to fall short.''

Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons were positioned to celebrate, and then staring down a soul-crushing collapse before finding away to hang on. It was a desperately needed win for Danny Manning's club.

''For our guys to be able to bow their neck down the stretch when N.C. State went on their run, to find ways to give us a chance to win the game, I thought some of our younger guys took a step,'' Manning said.

JOHNSON'S NIGHT

Torry Johnson, who arrived from Northern Arizona and was averaging 5.4 points entering Tuesday, finished with 11 points, including a jumper with 1:19 left and the Demon Deacons protecting a one-point lead. He followed with two free throws with 13.3 seconds left to cap a wild night in Winston-Salem.

UNHOSPITABLE

N.C. State has now lost 23 of 29 games in Winston-Salem dating to the 1990-91 season. Keatts' first club won here last season to snap a five-year losing streak in Joel Coliseum.

UP NEXT

N.C. State visits Notre Dame on Saturday.

Wake Forest visits No. 9 Virginia Tech on Saturday.

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Key Players
T. Dorn
2 G
B. Childress
0 G
36.9 Min. Per Game 36.9
16.5 Pts. Per Game 16.5
4.3 Ast. Per Game 4.3
3.2 Reb. Per Game 3.2
50.3 Field Goal % 44.4
33.3 Three Point % 42.9
64.8 Free Throw % 78.6
  Defensive rebound by Brandon Childress 1.0
  Torin Dorn missed 3-pt. jump shot 3.0
+ 1 Torry Johnson made 2nd of 2 free throws 13.0
+ 1 Torry Johnson made 1st of 2 free throws 13.0
  Shooting foul on Devon Daniels 13.0
  Defensive rebound by Olivier Sarr 41.0
  C.J. Bryce missed 2nd of 2 free throws 43.0
+ 1 C.J. Bryce made 1st of 2 free throws 43.0
  Shooting foul on Ikenna Smart 43.0
  Offensive rebound by Torin Dorn 1:00
  Braxton Beverly missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:02
Team Stats
Points 67 71
Field Goals 27-73 (37.0%) 23-52 (44.2%)
3-Pointers 6-29 (20.7%) 2-11 (18.2%)
Free Throws 7-9 (77.8%) 23-28 (82.1%)
Total Rebounds 39 41
Offensive 15 12
Defensive 20 27
Team 4 2
Assists 10 10
Steals 8 8
Blocks 4 4
Turnovers 9 11
Fouls 22 14
Technicals 0 0
18 PTS, 8 REB, 1 AST
16 PTS, 10 REB, 3 AST
12T
away team logo 17 NC State 14-3 274067
home team logo Wake Forest 8-8 422971
Team Stats
away team logo 17 NC State 14-3 79.7 PPG 42.5 RPG 15.1 APG
home team logo Wake Forest 8-8 68.4 PPG 41.7 RPG 10.6 APG
Key Players
2
T. Dorn G 13.5 PPG 7.1 RPG 1.3 APG 47.5 FG%
10
J. Hoard F 13.1 PPG 7.6 RPG 1.5 APG 45.8 FG%
Top Scorers
T. Dorn G 18 PTS 8 REB 1 AST
J. Hoard F 16 PTS 10 REB 3 AST
37.0 FG% 44.2
20.7 3PT FG% 18.2
77.8 FT% 82.1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Dorn 18 8 1 8/16 0/4 2/3 3 31 1 1 0 3 5
C. Bryce 17 4 3 7/17 2/6 1/2 1 36 1 0 1 2 2
B. Beverly 9 1 3 3/11 3/10 0/0 4 36 1 0 2 0 1
D. Daniels 7 8 2 3/10 1/3 0/0 2 26 0 0 3 1 7
W. Walker 3 5 0 1/1 0/0 1/1 3 16 0 1 1 2 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Dorn 18 8 1 8/16 0/4 2/3 3 31 1 1 0 3 5
C. Bryce 17 4 3 7/17 2/6 1/2 1 36 1 0 1 2 2
B. Beverly 9 1 3 3/11 3/10 0/0 4 36 1 0 2 0 1
D. Daniels 7 8 2 3/10 1/3 0/0 2 26 0 0 3 1 7
W. Walker 3 5 0 1/1 0/0 1/1 3 16 0 1 1 2 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
E. Lockett 7 3 0 3/10 0/3 1/1 2 25 2 0 1 3 0
D. Funderburk 4 4 1 2/5 0/2 0/0 3 21 3 2 0 2 2
J. Hellems 2 2 0 0/3 0/1 2/2 4 6 0 0 0 2 0
B. Harris 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 1 0 0
M. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Killeya-Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Bates - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 67 35 10 27/73 6/29 7/9 22 200 8 4 9 15 20
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Hoard 16 10 3 4/9 1/1 7/8 2 33 2 3 2 3 7
B. Childress 10 9 4 4/11 0/3 2/3 2 35 2 0 3 2 7
C. Brown 8 2 1 2/8 0/2 4/4 1 31 2 0 2 1 1
S. Wright Jr. 8 3 1 3/9 0/1 2/5 2 29 0 0 2 0 3
I. Smart 6 3 0 3/3 0/0 0/0 2 17 0 1 1 1 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Hoard 16 10 3 4/9 1/1 7/8 2 33 2 3 2 3 7
B. Childress 10 9 4 4/11 0/3 2/3 2 35 2 0 3 2 7
C. Brown 8 2 1 2/8 0/2 4/4 1 31 2 0 2 1 1
S. Wright Jr. 8 3 1 3/9 0/1 2/5 2 29 0 0 2 0 3
I. Smart 6 3 0 3/3 0/0 0/0 2 17 0 1 1 1 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Johnson 11 2 0 3/3 1/1 4/4 1 14 0 0 1 1 1
I. Mucius 8 2 1 2/4 0/2 4/4 1 19 1 0 0 1 1
O. Sarr 4 6 0 2/3 0/0 0/0 2 16 1 0 0 2 4
M. Wynn 0 2 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 1 6 0 0 0 1 1
A. White - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Bilas - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Spivey - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Lester - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Okeke - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Buchanan - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Lewis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 71 39 10 23/52 2/11 23/28 14 200 8 4 11 12 27