Williams, Wake upset Wolfpack
Winston-Salem, NC (Sports Network) – Eric Williams had 22 points and 16
rebounds as the Wake Forest Demon Deacons upset the North Carolina State
Wolfpack, 76-63, at Joel Coliseum.
Justin Gray added 16 points, five boards and six assists and Chris Ellis
netted 11 points for the Demon Deacons (15-15, 3-13 ACC), who snapped a two-
game losing streak and have won two of their last four contests.
Engin Atsur paced the Wolfpack (21-8, 10-6) with 23 points and, despite
breaking his nose in the first half, Gavin Grant came back and contributed 21
points, eight rebounds and three steals in the loss, N.C. State’s third in a
row to end the regular season.
The Demon Deacons jumped out to an early 14-6 lead on Williams’ dunk with
12:25 to go, but the Wolfpack responded with a 13-5 run, highlighted by
Grant’s three-point play, to tie the game at 19.
Wake Forest came right back and reeled off a 13-2 spurt, including six points
from Williams, to move in front 32-21. The Deacons led 42-30 at the half as
N.C. State shot 30 percent from the floor in the first half and shot 0-for-12
behind the arc.
A pair of Grant free throws cut the deficit to 42-35, but Wake Forest
countered with a 12-5 streak, capped by Williams’ jumper, to extend the lead
to 54-40 with under 13 minutes to play.
Andrew Brackman’s layup narrowed the gap to nine, 54-45, but the Demon Deacons
went on a 12-4 burst, including five points from Gray, to go up 66-49. The
Wolfpack went almost six minutes without a field goal to help fuel the run.
North Carolina State fought back with a 14-4 run, with 11 points coming from
Atsur, to draw within 70-63 with 1:03 to play, but Wake Forest drained 6-of-8
at the charity stripe to seal the victory.
The Demon Deacons connected on 45 percent of its shots, while the Wolfpack
shot 26 percent from the floor, including 4-of-29 from beyond the arc…Wake
Forest got 19 points from the bench…The Deacons won the rebounding battle,
45-32…N.C. State’s Cedric Simmons scored 10 points, all from the line…The
Wolfpack had 12 steals.