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Wake Forest finds ways to respond and outlast against Syracuse
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Wake Forest finds ways to respond and outlast against Syracuse

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A recap of Wake Forest's 77-74 men's basketball victory in overtime against Syracuse on Saturday.

Why the Demon Deacons won

The Deacons forced a shot-clock violation on Syracuse, featuring two airballs, with just under a minute to play in the extra period. And ultimately, Alondes Williams iced the game. 

The guard hit two free throws with 13.1 remaining to give Wake Forest a 77-74 lead. Two three-point heaves by the Orange failed before the buzzer rang out.

Dallas Walton's performance in the second half and overtime can't be overstated. The grad transfer registered his nine points and four blocks in the second half and overtime, with all of those plays keeping Wake Forest in line for the eventual win.

Stars

Syracuse

Jimmy Boeheim: 21 points, five rebounds.

Buddy Boeheim: 17 points, seven rebounds.

Wake Forest

Alondes Williams: 25 points, 12 rebounds

Isaiah Mucius: 18 points, three rebounds

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With 3:18 remaining, Wake Forest held a 65-64 lead. From there, the tug-of-war took over. Buddy Boeheim drove in for the lead. Walton took it back with two made free throws. Jimmy Boeheim fought through contact for a three-point play and a two-point lead. 

A late turnover looked to doom the Deacons. Isaiah Mucius was called out of bounds on a baseline drive where his heel landed just over the sideline with 11 seconds remaining.

But Syracuse fumbled their inbound play, turning possession back over to the Deacons. Williams found Walton for a dunk inside to send the game to overtime. 

 Five minutes into the second half, Wake Forest looked in trouble. Syracuse's Jesse Edwards scored inside on back-to-back possessions to push the Orange's lead to 49-41. 

The Deacons, benefiting from Edwards being called for his fourth foul, found a way to push back moments later. They went inside for consecutive scores from Walton and Williams. Then Khadim Sy drilled the first of two 3s to pull back in striking distance and put tension back in the game.

 The Deacons closed the first half on a 15-6 run, a stretch where 10 points came from Jake LaRavia.

 Both teams started hot. At one point, the teams combined for four 3-pointers in less than two points.

Syracuse made its first four long-range attempts.

Records

Syracuse: 1-3 ACC, 7-8 overall.

Wake Forest: 3-2, 13-3.

Up next

Syracuse: Pitt, 7 p.m. Tuesday (ESPNU).

Wake Forest: Duke, 7 p.m. Wednesday (ACC).

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