ACC Roundup: Win slips away from Wolfpack at Wake

Jan. 15, 2014 @ 11:53 PM

Codi Miller-McIntyre hit a running shot while being fouled with 4.9 seconds left to help Wake Forest beat North Carolina State 70-69 on Wednesday night.

Miller-McIntyre scored 20 points, the last coming when he raced downcourt on an inbounds play to hit a leaning shot while being bumped by Ralston Turner. Miller-McIntyre missed the free throw, but N.C. State's Anthony "Cat" Barber wasn't close on a desperation shot at the buzzer.

It was a big win for the Demon Deacons (12-5, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who had lost two straight since their upset of North Carolina here Jan. 5.

Devin Thomas added 16 points for Wake Forest, which made 28 of 39 free throws (72 percent) in an uncharacteristically steady performance at the foul line for one of the nation's worst free-throw shooting teams.

T.J. Warren scored 22 points for the Wolfpack (11-6, 1-3) before fouling out with 2:47 left.

This was a painful loss for the Wolfpack, who were in position to ruin Wake Forest's perfect home record when Desmond Lee knocked down two free throws with 10.5 seconds left for a 69-68 lead. N.C. State dominated the offensive glass and took a 23-4 edge in second-chance points, with most of that damage coming before halftime, but came up empty in Winston-Salem for the second straight season.

The foul trouble added up for N.C. State, with Warren, Kyle Washington and Jordan Vandenberg all racking up four fouls by the 10-minute mark of the second half. In addition, backup guard Tyler Lewis didn't play in the second half due to flu-like symptoms, an illness he had been battling coming into the game.

Wake Forest shot 54 percent for the game, with Arnaud William Adala Moto turning in 15 points and a career-high 11 rebounds off the bench.

When this one was over, Wake Forest students — many of whom ran to midcourt to celebrate the win against the Tar Heels earlier this month — gathered near the baseline to shake hands with fourth-year coach Jeff Bzdelik and the Demon Deacons players. Wake Forest had lost by 23 at Virginia and by 15 at Pittsburgh since the 73-67 win against UNC.

Florida State pulls away from Miami, 63-53

CORAL GABLES, Fla.  — Florida State scored 13 consecutive points over the final 4 minutes Wednesday to pull away from the Miami Hurricanes 63-53.

Miami missed six shots in a row and went 3½ minutes without a point during the decisive stretch. The Seminoles made their final six shots, and also went 8 for 8 from the free-throw line down the stretch.

Florida State (12-4, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) won its third game in a row. Miami (9-7, 1-3 ACC) has already matched its loss total in the conference for all of last season.

Clemson rallies to knock off Virginia Tech 56-49

BLACKSBURG, Va.  — The Clemson Tigers have long been known as a football school.

But two weeks into league play, the men's basketball program finds itself milling with the league's elite.

Picked to finish 14th in the 15-team ACC by the league's media, the Tigers moved into the upper quadrant of the league's standings, getting 14 points from K.J. McDaniels to propel them to a 56-49 win over Virginia Tech on Wednesday.

Clemson (12-4, 3-1 ACC), which upset No. 23 Duke 72-59 at home on Saturday, rallied from a 36-30 deficit with 14 minutes left to record its second road win of the season. The Tigers, who beat Boston College on Jan. 4 in their ACC opener, have recorded back-to-back road wins in ACC play for just the 11th time in their 61 years in the ACC.

Maryland rallies past Notre Dame 74-66

COLLEGE PARK, Md.  — Maryland had just endured a dismal first half, missing 23 of 34 shots and getting no points from its leading scorer, Dez Wells.

And so, with his team down by nine against Notre Dame in a game the Terrapins really needed to win, coach Mark Turgeon surprised his team with an impromptu speech.

"I really didn't know what to say," Turgeon said. "But I walked in there and said, 'I don't know what I've done to you guys, but we're not playing the way we're capable of playing. So we'll make a pact: We're just going to have fun."

Using those words for inspiration, Wells and the Terrapins used a strong second half to pull out a 74-66 victory Wednesday night and climb back over .500 in Atlantic Coast Conference play.

Seth Allen contributed 14 points in his first start of the season and Nick Faust added 13 to help the Terrapins (11-7, 3-2) end a two-game skid.