Late Bucket Lifts Wake Past Wolfpack
Jan. 16, 2014
WINSTON-SALEM - N.C. - Both NC State and Wake Forest made a clutch play in the final 10 seconds on Wednesday night, but a runner by Codi Miller-McIntyre lifted WFU past NC State 70-69.
With Wake Forest (12-5, 2-2) leading 68-67, Desmond Lee drove the lane with 10.5 seconds left and drew a foul. Lee calmly sank both free throws to give NC State a 69-68 lead. After a Wake Forest timeout, the Demon Deacons got the ball to Miller-McIntyre on the right side and he went the length of the floor, scoring with 4.9 seconds on the clock.
He was fouled on the play, but missed the free throw. The Pack had a long-range desperation shot bounce off the top of the backboard as time expired.
T.J. Warren scored a game-high 22 points before fouling out with 2:47 left in the game. He also missed a long stretch of time after picking up his fourth foul at the 10:54 mark in the second half. In addition to the Wolfpack's leading scorer fouling out, three other NCSU players had four fouls apiece. Wake Forest, which entered Wednesday 14th in the ACC in free throw percentage, finished 28-for-39 at the foul line.
Miller-McIntyre scored 20 points to lead the home team, while Devin Thomas scored 16. Arnaud Adala Moto totaled 15 points (11-for-14 free throws) and 11 rebounds.
Wake Forest started the game with hot shooting and quickly led 17-8. Warren and Vandenberg keyed an 11-4 run to cut the lead to 21-19 at the 10:31 mark of the first half. A putback by Lennard Freeman and a jumper by Warren would eventually push the Wolfpack to a 27-24 lead. A lay-up by Warren gave NC State its largest lead of the game at 41-32 late in the first half. After a flurry of free throws by both teams, NC State held a 43-35 lead at halftime.
The Wolfpack will have a quick turnaround before taking to the road this weekend. NC State will play at No. 23 Duke Saturday, Jan. 18 at 2 p.m. The game will be televised nationally on CBS.