Tigers have won five straight over Wake Forest
Gabe DeVoe was again hot from the field, while Marcquise Reed scored 18 second half points as No. 20 Clemson beat Wake Forest, 75-67, Saturday from LJVM Coliseum in Winston-Salem, N.C.
The win was the Tigers’ third straight as they improved to 19-4 overall and 8-3 in the ACC, staying in a tie with fourth-ranked Duke for second place in the conference standings. Clemson has now won five straight over Wake Forest and 10 of the last 11 meetings.
DeVoe scored 24 points and was 5-of-7 from three-point range. He was 8-of-11 from the field overall. In his last three games, DeVoe has connected on 15 of his 23 three-point attempts. It is the second time in three games he has scored at least 24 points. He had a career-high 25 at Georgia Tech last Sunday.
As for Reed, he scored 20 or points for a second straight game as he dropped in 22 and had seven rebounds. He had 20 points in the Tigers’ win over No. 19 North Carolina this past Tuesday.
Clemson found itself in a little trouble in the second half when Wake (9-14, 2-9 ACC) used a 14-3 run to take a 44-41 lead on a Doral Moore layup up with 14:45 to play. But Reed drained a three-pointer a few seconds later to tie the game as both teams went back-and-forth trading the lead from there.
Overall, there were 20 lead changes in the game and 12 other times it was tied.
The Tigers finally gained control of the game in the last five minutes. Reed made two free throws with 3:39 to play to put them on top for good, 65-64, and then David Skara sank two free throws of his own to extend the lead to three points.
After Moore made one free throw for Wake, Reed nailed a jumper just above the foul line for a 69-65 lead with 1:40 to play in the game. Bryant Crawford then missed a three-pointer and Reed went back to the foul line and made two more free throws to seal the win for Clemson.
The Tigers were 10-for-10 at the foul line in the last 3:39 and finished the game 17-of-20 overall. Ironically, Reed, who is Clemson’s all-time best foul shooter, missed two foul shots, including a one-and-one. However, he finished 6-of-8 at the line and made his last four.
After Donovan Mitchell made his third three-pointer of the half to give Wake Forest a 64-63 lead with 5:39 to play, the Demon Deacons went 1-for-10 from the field after that and scored just three points.
Clemson led 35-30 at the break, thanks to DeVoe’s 13 first-half points. After going scoreless in the first 12 minutes of the game, the guard scored seven straight points for Clemson at one point.
He hit two three-pointers in the last three minutes of the half, including a long-range three with 10 seconds left to put the Tigers up 35-30 at halftime.
In the second half, DeVoe again went on a scoring spree as he scored eight straight points to tie the game at 61 with 6:45 to play.
Shelton Mitchell added 10 points in the win for the Tigers.
Clemson finished the game 10-of-24 from three-point range, the third straight game it hit at least 10 three-pointers.
The Tigers will get the next four days off before they host Pittsburgh next Thursday, 7 p.m., at Littlejohn Coliseum. Clemson is 12-0 at home this season.
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