Crawford leads Wake Forest over Illinois
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[November 29, 2017]
Bryant Crawford, despite nursing
an injured finger in the second half, scored 20 points, and Wake
Forest defeated previously unbeaten Illinois 80-73 in the Big
Ten/ACC Challenge on Tuesday night at Joel Coliseum in
Doral Moore, Brandon Childress and Mitchell Wilbekin all had 12
points as the Demon Deacons (3-4) won consecutive games for the
first time this season.
Wilbekin's 3-pointer from the right wing helped stem an Illinois
comeback for a 73-65 edge.
The margin was down to 73-70 with 2:06 left when Wake Forest's
Keyshawn Woods answered with a 3-pointer. Da'Monte Williams
countered from long range for Illinois before the Demon Deacons
finished strong, giving first-year Illinois coach Brad Underwood his
Aaron Jordan led the Illini (6-1) with 20 points. Kipper Nichols
provided 14 points and Leron Black had 10 for Illinois, which played
away from home for the first time and was hurt by 19 turnovers.
By the time Childress converted a four-point play and then scored on
a fastbreak layup, the Demon Deacons held a 49-39 lead barely more
than five minutes into the second half.
After the Illini closed to within one, Wake Forest had another
spurt, aided by a bizarre six-point possession that included a pair
of Illinois fouls, for a 64-55 edge.
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Fighting Illini guard Mark Smith (13) tries to keep possession of
the ball against Wake Forest Demon Deacons guard Bryant Crawford
(13) in the second half at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
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Mark Alstork scored the first eight points for the Illini before he
came out of the game with an apparent slight injury. He returned but
didn't score again in 27 total minutes.
The Illini hit four 3-pointers in the first 5 1/2 minutes on the way
to a nine-point lead. Wake Forest wiped that out with an 11-0 run to
go up 31-29.
Across the final 8:55 of the first half, Illinois posted only one
field goal until Nichols' 3-pointer on the last shot of the half
pulled the Illini to within 35-34.
Wake Forest, aided by Illinois' 14 first-half fouls, took 18 free
throws (making 14) in the opening half. Overall, the Demon Deacons
made 24 of 31 foul shots while the Illini were 13 of 14 at the line.
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