College basketball: Williams, LaRavia lead Wake past Notre Dame 79-74

Published 6:18 pm Saturday, February 19, 2022

Associated Press

WINSTON-SALEM — Alondes Williams scored 17 of his 23 points in the second half, Jake LaRavia added 20 points and Wake Forest defeated Notre Dame 79-74 on Saturday.

Williams had 13 points in the last 10 minutes, including a layup at the 4:20 mark that put the Demon Deacons up for good 67-66. Khadim Sy then blocked an Irish shot and scored on a jump hook on the other end.

Isaiah Macius hit a 3-pointer to push the Wake Forest lead to 75-70 at the 1:20 mark but the Irish quickly answered with a 3 from the left corner by Cormac Ryan. Williams restored the two-possession lead with another inside basket.

Blake Wesley made 1 of 2 free throws at 44.3 seconds and the teams traded misses before LaRavia iced it with a pair of free throws with 3.5 seconds left.

Sy had 15 points and 10 rebounds for Wake Forest (21-7, 11-6 Atlantic Coast Conference). Williams also had 10 rebounds and LaRavia nine as the Demon Deacons had a 43-27 advantage on the boards, including a 16-2 difference on the offensive end. Wake Forest had 16 second-chance points to four for the Fighting Irish.

Wesley had six 3-pointers and 24 points for Notre Dame (19-8, 12-4). Ryan had 12 points and three others reached double figures. The Fighting Irish were 14 of 31 from 3-point range, reaching double figures for the 12th time but losing for the first time when hitting at least 10 3s.

The biggest lead for Wake Forest was 12-6 when Mucius made a 3-pointer 61/2 minutes into the game. Notre Dame’s next six baskets were 3-pointers with Nate Laszewski starting and ending a 12-0 run for a 24-16 lead. The Irish got the lead to 12 on a Wesley 3-pointer and Ryan layup at the 3:18 mark but the Demon Deacons scored the last six points to close within 41-35.

The teams combined to make 27 of 30 free throws.

Notre Dame shot better from the field but with the rebounding difference and the Irish having four more turnovers, Wake Forest put up 19 more shots and made five more field goals.

The Fighting Irish are home against Syracuse on Wednesday when Wake Forest goes to Clemson.

Appalachian State 69, South Alabama 51

BOONE — Adrian Delph had 20 points as Appalachian State beat South Alabama.

Justin Forrest had 13 points and six rebounds for Appalachian State (17-12, 11-5 Sun Belt Conference). Michael Almonacy added 12 points.  Marshall Kearing had 14 points for the Jaguars (18-9, 8-6).

Davidson 79, Saint Louis 58

DAVIDSON — Hyunjung Lee had 29 points on 4-of-6 shooting from 3-point range made 9 of 10 foul shots and Davidson beat Saint Louis.

Michael Jones had 18 points for Davidson (22-4, 12-2 Atlantic 10 Conference), which earned its fourth consecutive home victory. Luka Brajkovic added 16 points.

Yuri Collins had 10 points for the Billikens (18-9, 9-5).

Samford 55, UNC Greensboro  49

HOMEWOOD, Ala.  — Ques Glover had 20 points as Samford topped UNC Greensboro.

Logan Dye had 13 points for Samford (18-9, 8-7 Southern Conference), which won its fourth straight game.  Kobe Langley had 13 points and eight rebounds and Bas Leyte added 13 points for the Spartans (16-12, 8-8).

Western Carolina 69, Mercer 65

CULLOWHEE — Marlow Gilmore registered 19 points, seven rebounds and three blocks as Western Carolina narrowly defeated Mercer.

Marvin Price had 16 points for Western Carolina (10-19, 4-12 Southern Conference), which ended its five-game losing streak.  Jalen Johnson had 16 points for the Bears (15-14, 8-8). Felipe Haase added 16 points.

Radford 66, High Point 64

RADFORD, Va. (AP) — Josiah Jeffers scored 17 points as Radford edged High Point.

Artese Stapleton had 15 points for Radford (10-16, 6-8 Big South Conference).  Zach Austin had 24 points, seven rebounds and three blocks for the Panthers (11-17, 5-9), who have now lost four games in a row.   

Charlotte 99, Marshall 84

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Jahmir Young had 21 points and 12 rebounds and Aly Khalifa scored 20 points and Charlotte scored a season high in beating Marshall.

Austin Butler had 17 points and nine rebounds for Charlotte (14-12, 7-7 Conference USA). Clyde Trapp Jr. added 11 points and six assists.

Andrew Taylor had 21 points and six assists for the Thundering Herd (10-17, 3-11). Taevion Kinsey added 19 points. Mikel Beyers had 12 points and five assists.

The 49ers improve to 2-0 against the Thundering Herd for the season. Charlotte defeated Marshall 88-64 on Feb. 5.

Drexel 71, Elon 60

ELON — Xavier Bell, Coletrane Washington and Melik Martin scored 12 points apiece as Drexel defeated Elon.

Amari Williams and Camren Wynter each added 10 points for the Dragons (14-.12, 9-7 Colonial Athletic Association). Williams also had eight rebounds.

Darius Burford scored a career-high 31 points and had eight rebounds for the Phoenix (8-21, 5-11), whose losing streak stretched to four games. Michael Graham added four blocks. Chuck Hannah had nine rebounds.

The Dragons improved to 2-0 against the Phoenix on the season. Drexel defeated Elon 77-49 on Jan. 20.


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