Wake Forest headed out to South Bend to take on 10th ranked Notre Dame on Tuesday night. This game marked the 2nd of 3 consecutive games featuring top 10 opponents. The Deacs played well in this one, but the #1 ranked offense in the country proved to be to much for them to handle down the stretch, as Notre Dame won this one, 88-75.
The notable player for the Deacs in this one was Devin Thomas. Devin seems to really step up when playing against ranked opponents.
He finished the game with a game high 26 points, 11 rebounds, and made all of his 6 free throws. He also threw down ESPN's "Dunk of the Night" on this two handed slam plus the foul.
In the first half, Wake looked really good. The ball movement was great and the Deacs were hitting open shots.
Wake had a lead with a few minutes left in the first half, and that's when Notre Dame started to catch fire from beyond the arc.
This late shooting would give the Irish the lead going into the half, and they never cooled off. They came out in the second half and continued to barrage Wake Forest with a flurry of 3-pointers.
Notre Dame finished the game shooting 11-26 from the 3-point line. The Deacs had trouble guarding Jerian Grant, who was able to get in the lane and finish or kick out for an open 3. Grant finished with 24 points and 10 assists.
Wake got behind by double digits due to all the 3's the Irish were hitting, but they never quit. They put together a nice 13-4 run in the second half to cut the lead back to single digits.
Ultimately, the Deacs comeback would be cut short by yet another ND three, as Jerian Grant drove down the lane and kicked out to a wide open Pat Connaughton.
Connaughton finished with 13 points and 3 made 3-pointers.
The Deacs played well but just couldn't slow down the best offense in the nation. I must note it is a little unfair because this game took place on a Tuesday, which is certainly our toughest day academically. The Deacs are back in action at home on February 25th when they take on 2nd ranked Virginia.