Wake Forest beats Clemson, snaps three-game skid

Clemson forward John Newman III (15) shoots over defense from Wake Forest forward Ody Oguama, top left, during an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, in Winston-Salem, N.C. (Andrew Dye/The Winston-Salem Journal via AP)
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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Andrien White scored 17 points to help Wake Forest beat Clemson 56-44 on Saturday night.

Randolph Childress added 10 points for the Demon Deacons (10-11, 3-8 ACC), who made a trio of 3-point shots early in the second half to fuel a 14-0 run that broke open a three-point game at halftime. Olivier Sarr grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds.

Aamir Simms scored 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the Tigers (11-10, 5-6), who shot only 30.5% from the field and only 4 of 21 from 3-point distance. The Tigers’ 44 points was the lowest total by an opponent in Joel Coliseum’s 30-year history.

White made two 3-pointers and Torry Johnson added another for the Deacons during the critical early second-half run.

Clemson responded with a 9-0 flurry, capped by Tevin Mack’s jumper with 12:47 left. But Wake’s Ismael Massoud stopped the threat with a 3-pointer, restoring the Deacons’ double-digit lead. Clemson never again threatened.

The Tigers shot only six free-throw attempts, making four.

Wake got a boost from the return of guard Chaundee Brown, who had missed the past seven games with a leg injury. Brown scored six points in 12 minutes off the bench, including a pair of baskets in the first half on running bank shots.

Wake led 22-19 at halftime as the teams combined to shoot 2-for-20 from 3-point distance. The game was scoreless for more than 3 minutes.


Clemson: The Tigers’ postseason hopes took a major hit with the loss to the last-place Deacons. The next three games — at Virginia, hosting Notre Dame and at Pitt — are critical, with home opportunities against Louisville and Florida State looming down the stretch.

Wake Forest: By snapping a three-game skid for the third time this season, the Deacons should gain some needed momentum in their quest to avoid a third straight losing season. Brown’s return after missing seven games with a leg injury provided a badly needed boost.


Clemson: The Tigers play at Virginia on Wednesday.

Wake Forest: The Deacons play at Louisville on Wednesday.