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Steve Forbes ejected in Wake Forest loss to Duke
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Steve Forbes ejected in Wake Forest loss to Duke

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Wake Forest forward Ody Oguama (33) fouls Duke forward Matthew Hurt (21) as he grabs a rebound on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021 in Winston-Salem, N.C. (Winston-Salem Journal/Andrew Dye) 021821-wsj-spt-wakeasf

Wake Forest lost to Duke on Wednesday night, 84-60, in Joel Coliseum.

It was Deacons' largest margin of defeat this season, coming a game after an overtime battle with nationally ranked Florida State.

Stars‌ ‌

Duke

Matthew Hurt: 22 points, 8-of-9 shooting, four rebounds

D.J. Steward: 16 points, 7-of-12 shooting, seven rebounds

Wake Forest

Ody Oguama: 14 points, 5-of-7 shooting, three rebounds

Daivien Williamson: 12 points, 5-of-10 shooting

Observations‌ ‌

• Already in the midst of a tough first half, the situation worsened when Wake Forest coach Steve Forbes got called for double technical fouls and was ejected with 3:18 left before halftime.

Forbes reacted to a missed Daivien Williamson layup, where the guard took contact and ended up on the ground. Williamson was 2-for-5 on his first half layup attempts, and those often featured contact.

The double tech led to a moment of confusion at halfcourt, with Forbes talking to one of the referees near the scorer’s table before ultimately walking to the locker room. The Deacons trailed, 45-26, at halftime.

• Wake Forest leaned its offense on Ody Oguama early. He scored twice inside, one becoming a three-point play, but got lost as Wake Forest's play stagnated against the Duke defense.

The team again went to Oguama for two more scores in the first minute of the second half. But Duke’s lead continued to extend, even with Wake Forest’s much-improved shooting percentage (The Deacons shot 43.2% in the second half). The Blue Devils hit 54.15 of their total shots. 

Oguama finished with a season high in points. He had 13 points each against Notre Dame and Boston College. 

• Jaemyn Brakefield became the unexpected spark plug for Duke. He scored a quick seven points shortly after checking into the game for the first time, and it became the flash point for Duke’s first half onslaught.

Duke went from a one-point lead to double digits quickly. By the time Forbes called a timeout with 7:12 left in the first half, the Blue Devils were on a 21-5 run.

Carter Whitt’s lone first-half basket displayed the difference in shots the teams were getting. The freshman guard hit a long 3-pointer to beat the shot-clock buzzer. Duke responded by getting down the floor quick and followed it up with a layup.

The Blue Devils hit 56.7% of their shots in the first half. The Deacons, meanwhile, hit only 36% of theirs.

Records

Duke: 9-8, 7-6 ACC

Wake Forest: 6-10, 3-10 ACC

Up‌ ‌next‌ ‌

Duke: Virginia, Saturday 8 p.m. (ESPN)

Wake Forest: N.C. State, Saturday 8 p.m. (RSN)

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