NCAAB Game Recap - Wake Forest at Pittsburgh
Sat Jan 4, 2020 12:00 PM EST

Pepp
70
Gonz
75
F
Duke
95
Mia-FL
62
F
WVU
53
Kansas
60
F
Oreg
69
Utah
64
F
Tex
44
Baylor
59
F
FlaSt
78
Lou
65
F
Aub
80
MisSt
68
F
UGA
65
Mem
62
F
Vill
60
Marq
71
F
Crei
57
Butl
71
F
SDSU
77
UtSt
68
F
Ind
59
MD
75
F
Mizzu
59
KY
71
F
VaTec
39
UVA
65
F
Iowa
86
PSU
89
F
OkSt
50
TxTch
85
F
Miss
54
WichSt
74
F
AzSt
47
Ariz
75
F
LSU
78
Tenn
64
F
Wake
69
Pitt
65
F
Akr
69
E MI
45
F
NCSU
70
Clem
81
F
Wyo
61
ColSt
72
F
KansSt
61
Okla
66
F
FaDi
77
Bry
73
F
Samf
78
VMI
75
F
UMassL
86
UMBC
73
F(OT)
WCU
86
Citad
82
F
Seatt
86
ChiSt
54
F
UConn
60
SoFL
75
F
Morg
81
DelSt
68
F
Prov
66
DeP
65
F
LongI
73
MtStM
82
F(2OT)
N TX
67
Marsh
64
F
UCIrv
73
Harv
77
F
UNH
52
Hartfo
61
F
GASt
72
CoCar
74
F
MiaO
82
CenMI
93
F
Winth
87
Campbl
72
F
NIU
73
Buff
72
F
TxSt
70
ArkSt
67
F
SthAL
49
ULMo
69
F
AbCh
74
Lamar
62
F
TexAr
89
ArkLR
92
F
USC-Up
73
Longw
56
F
Presb
68
GWebb
62
F
YSU
74
Clev
82
F
TNTec
72
MorSt
83
F
StFPA
93
CenCT
69
F
ETSU
56
Furm
65
F
Cin
71
Tul
76
F
ND
88
Syr
87
F
GaSo
72
App
74
F
MTSt
53
S UT
59
F
McNee
69
CenAR
79
F
IlSt
55
SIU
67
F
RobM
69
(N/A)
58
F
Albany
74
Bingha
62
F
Lib
65
NJIT
38
F
W&M
66
NE
64
F
MidTN
62
Charl
68
F
Elon
75
Hof
102
F
UTEP
56
FlAtl
59
F
JacSt
80
E KY
71
F
JMU
69
Charl
85
F
How
66
MD-ES
78
F
FlaAM
45
NCC
61
F
NFla
81
N AL
65
F
SeLA
84
TXAMC
80
F
Stetsn
57
KennSt
54
F
HiPt
62
Radf
73
F
Chat
70
Mercer
61
F
Ohio
65
W MI
77
F
SCSt
79
Copp
75
F
TN-M
63
APSU
82
F
USD
63
SCla
80
F
Rice
61
W Ky
68
F
SoMis
50
LaTec
78
F
PorSt
69
E WA
71
F
W IL
56
SDSt
91
F
E IL
55
Belm
87
F
ArkPB
80
MsVl
76
F
(N/A)
75
CSNor
109
F
IaSt
79
TCU
81
F(OT)
GaTec
96
UNC
83
F
Bois
66
Nev
83
F
Web
64
NoAZ
72
F
IndSt
76
Drake
80
F
Alab
98
Fla
104
F(2OT)
SIU-E
74
TNSt
79
F
AlSt
67
JackSt
70
F
ChaSo
85
Hamp
92
F
Alc
70
PVAM
84
F
BethC
72
Norf
85
F
Nich
70
SamH
58
F
AlaAM
60
Gram
70
F
Lipsco
61
FlGlf
68
F
UNCG
92
Woff
98
F(2OT)
UCLA
71
WaSt
79
F(OT)
SJSU
64
Fres
79
F
Valpa
81
Evans
79
F(OT)
TexAM
59
Ark
69
F
SacHr
81
Wagn
74
F
Princ
78
Penn
64
F
UAB
52
OlDom
58
F
Tows
67
UNCW
60
F
TexSA
83
FlInt
90
F(OT)
SFA
87
NOrl
68
F
CSLA
60
LongB
76
F
SDCh
51
UCRiv
89
F
Oral
67
NebOm
74
F
Troy
62
ULLa
79
F
Brad
64
NrthIA
69
F
UtVal
63
UMKC
68
F
MOSt
58
LoyIL
62
F
SEMO
59
Murr
81
F
Mont
66
N CO
74
F
LoyMa
38
BYU
63
F
SMU
92
Vand
81
F(OT)
South
68
TXSo
77
F
GrCan
62
CSBak
69
F
NMSt
86
CBap
71
F
USF
65
Portl
76
F
StMar
99
Pacif
107
F(4OT)
AF
59
UNLV
71
F
IdaSt
49
Sac
68
F

Jan 4, 2020, 12:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Wake Forest (8-5)

27

42

69

Pittsburgh (10-4)

30

35

65

Wake Forest rallies from 16 down, edges Pittsburgh 69-65
Sat Jan 4, 2020 3:39 PM

PITTSBURGH (AP) The math is pretty simple to Wake Forest coach Danny Manning. If the Demon Deacons are going to find a way to claw back to respectability in the Atlantic Coast Conference they need to defend their home court and win around half their road games, a task Manning knows is far easier said than done in one of the toughest leagues in the country.

Against a Pittsburgh team facing a very similar path on Saturday, Wake Forest took a small step in the right direction.

Ismael Massoud scored 14 points off the bench, Torry Johnson added 12 and the Demon Deacons rallied from an early 16-point deficit to edge the Panthers 69-65.

"Any time you can get a road win, it's good, it's special," Manning said.

And rare.

Wake Forest (8-5, 1-2 ACC) came in 2-17 away from Memorial Coliseum in conference play since the start of the 2017-18 season. The Demon Deacons were down 22-6 before the game was 10 minutes old but clawed back to draw in the opening moments of the second half then held Pitt (10-4, 1-2) scoreless over the last 3:07 after Panther guard Trey McGowens hit a reverse layup to pull Pitt within 66-65.

The Panthers missed their last five shots, including a potential go-ahead 3-pointer by McGowens with 27 seconds left. Xavier Johnson's heave from the elbow with 7 seconds remaining clanked out of harm's way and McGowens' potential game-tying layup with less than a second to go was blocked by Wake Forest's Olivier Sarr. Brandon Childress drained two free throws for the Demon Deacons for the final margin.

"Disappointed in our last few possessions," Pitt coach Jeff Capel said. "We didn't get the shots that we really wanted. That's on all of us and we have to do a better job in those situations knowing where we want to get the shots from and making sure we execute to do that."

Ryan Murphy led Pitt with 18 points and four assists. McGowens finished with 12 points and Johnson and Justin Champagnie added 11 points each for the Panthers but Pitt saw a three-game winning streak come to a crashing halt during a back-and-forth second half in a game that saw 11 ties and 10 lead changes.

"I thought we panicked and in some ways," Capel said. "It comes from a good place at times, `I have to make a play.' It can never be that. ... It's where we have to grow up."

Wake Forest went up 59-51 on a pair of free throws by Massoud with 7:33 to go before the Panthers responded. An Eric Hamilton layup capped an 8-0 run that tied it at 59 but the Demon Deacons hung tough. A 3-pointer by Andrien White gave the Demon Deacons a 66-63 edge and Wake Forest's defense made sure it was enough.

On an afternoon when Childress was limited to eight points - eight below his average - the Demon Deacons spread it around. Only one player - Chaundee Brown - took more than eight shots. Massoud drilled 3 of 6 3-pointers and Johnson made all six of his free throws to keep the Panthers off balance.

Manning praised Childress' patience in not forcing it in the face of steady pressure from the Panthers and getting his teammates involved.

"There are going to be nights when Brandon is not going to get up a lot of shots," Manning said. "You've got to put yourself in situations where you force help (defense) and trust your teammates. He did a tremendous job of that tonight."

BIG PICTURE

Wake Forest: In a pivotal season for Manning, the Demon Deacons gave their season a needed jolt after a wildly uneven early slate that included losses to Boston College and Charlotte and a win over Xavier.

Pitt: The Panthers are hoping to take another step forward in Capel's second year. How far they climb after winning three conference games a year ago will depend largely on their ability to win the rock fights with teams in a similar position. Losing at home to the Demon Deacons could haunt them come March.

HOT AND COLD

The Panthers raced to a 22-6 lead but their offense slowed to a crawl late in the first half with Johnson and McGowens both in foul trouble. Pitt missed 14 of its last 17 shots to end the half, allowing Wake Forest to draw within 30-27 at the break.

"There are a lot of things required to be good and we have to do them all the time," Capel said. "We can't do them for a 10-minute period and think we can take a break and then turn it back on again."

UP NEXT

Wake Forest: Hosts Florida State on Wednesday. The Demon Deacons are 1-4 against the Seminoles under Manning.

Pitt: Visits North Carolina on Wednesday. The Panthers have dropped six straight to the Tar Heels.

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Leaders

Wake Forest PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Neath 0 0 0 0 0 0
I. Massoud 14 0 0 3 0 1
Pittsburgh PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
G. Drumgoole Jr. 0 0 1 2 0 0
A. Coulibaly 0 0 0 2 0 0

Team Comparison

Wake Pitt
Points For 69 65
Field Goals 21/45-47% 23/59-39%
Three Pointers 9/23-39% 7/21-33%
Free Throws 18/25-72% 12/16-75%
Offensive Rebounds 6 10
Defensive Rebounds 29 23
Rebounds 38 35
Blocks 3 2
Steals 3 6
Turnovers 14 8
Personal Fouls 15 19
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Wake Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sat Jan 4 Wake 69 @ Pitt 65 O. Oguama 4 T. Brown 5

Game Information

Stadium: Petersen Events Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Attendance: 10,155
Game Time: