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Wake Forest Travels North to Face Pitt

Wake Forest Travels North to Face Pitt


WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The Wake Forest men’s basketball team hits the road to face the Pitt Panthers in Petersen Events Center on Wednesday night (Jan. 25). Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. and the game will air live on ACC Network.
 
The Demon Deacons (14-6, 6-3) are coming off a home battle against then-No. 10 Virginia in front of the largest crowd of the season on Saturday afternoon (Jan. 21). Wake Forest fell to the Cavaliers (15-3, 7-2) in a 76-67 decision and now sit tied for third in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) standings. The Deacs have started the past two seasons under head coach Steve Forbes with a 10-1 record inside Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum and an overall 28-3 mark at home over the past two seasons, the best mark in the ACC during that time.
 
Virginia shot 40.0 percent from the field on Saturday afternoon. That mark is the third-lowest of the season for the Cavaliers. Wake Forest’s 67 points against Virginia are the second-most the Cavaliers have allowed in conference play this season. The Deacs’ nine turnovers are the second-lowest by an ACC team against Virginia this season. Wake Forest’s 22 attempts at the free throw line are the most opportunities a team has had against Virginia this season. The team’s 81.8 percent from the line is the second-highest free throw percentage an ACC opponent has recorded against the Cavaliers.
 
Saturday featured a career performance for Damari Monsanto, as the redshirt junior stayed hot from the early get-go to finish with a new career high of 25 points. He has reached over both 20 points and six made three-pointers on four separate occasions this season.
 
Cameron Hildreth finished with 16 points and seven rebounds while going 9-of-10 from the free throw line. Tyree Appleby added 13 points and five assists. Andrew Carr led his squad on the glass, snatching a game-high 10 rebounds. The Deacs made the most of their looks at the charity stripe, netting 18 of 22 attempts (81.8 percent).
 
The Panthers are tied with the Demon Deacons in the conference standings at 6-3 and they are 13-7 overall. Pitt is coming off a home loss to Florida State, 71-64, on Saturday. Jamarius Burton leads the team with 16.5 points per game. Three other starters, Blake Hinson (15.8), Greg Elliott (10.6) and Nelly Cummings (10.2) are also averaging double figures. Hinson leads the team on the…

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