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Wake Forest falls behind early in a loss to N.C. State

Wake Forest falls behind early in a loss to N.C. State

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N.C. State's Jericole Hellems dives on a loose ball as Wake Forest's Carter Whitt defends.

Wake Forest's men's basketball team fell behind early on Saturday, losing at home to N.C. State, 80-62.

Stars‌

State

Dereon Seabron: 14 points, 5-of-10 shooting, nine rebounds

Jericole Hellems: 14 points, 5-of-11 shooting, two rebounds

Wake Forest

Ian DuBose: 14 points, 5-of-9 shooting, three rebounds, two steals

Daivien Williamson: 11 points, 4-of-9 shooting, three rebounds, two assists, one steal

Observations‌

  • State got a surge from Cam Hayes in the first half that helped the Wolfpack take and hold control.

Hayes, a Greensboro native, hit two of his three three-pointers in the span of 32 seconds that seemed to get State rolling. Those shots were part of a 15-4 run for State, especially from long range.

State hit six of 10 three-pointers in the first half, and Hayes’ pair were the team’s first two of the game.

The Wolfpack went 8-for-19 overall on three-pointers, and Hayes chipped in 11 points as one of five players with double-digits scoring.

  • A combination of 11 turnovers and 11 fouls in the first half made everything else tough for Wake Forest.

The Deacons saw both Isaiah Mucius and Ody Oguama get two fouls within the game’s first seven minutes. On top of that, Wake Forest’s transition defense struggled.

At halftime, State had 15 fast-break points to Wake Forest’s one, a major factor of the Wolfpack’s comfortable 51-35 lead going into the locker room.

Wake Forest finished with 19 turnovers. That's off their season high of 20, a mark they've hit twice. One of those games was the first matchup against the Wolfpack on Jan. 27. 

  • Wake Forest honored former player Charlie Davis during the game as part of Black History Month.

Davis played at Wake Forest from 1968 to 1971 and won ACC Player of the Year award in his senior season.

Davis was the first Black player to win the award, and he was only the second Black player in Wake Forest history. Athletics director John Currie presented a commemorative ball to Davis, 71, during halftime at Joel Coliseum.

Records

State: 5-9 ACC, 10-9 overall.

Wake Forest: 3-11, 6-11.

Up‌ ‌next‌ 

State: At Virginia, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday (ACC).

Wake Forest: Clemson, 4:30 p.m. Wednesday (ACC).

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