Wake Forest hit 10 three-pointers and rallied from a 14-point first-half deficit to knock off No. 8 Louisville 88-81 on Wednesday night in the final road game of the season for the Cardinals.
U of L led 32-18 in the first half to see the lead clipped to just 43-42 at the half.
The Demon Deacons then controlled the second half as Donovan Mitchell scored only seven points and his final points in the game came with 16:39 left in the first half. He fouled out in the final minute.
The loss drops U of L (23-7, 11-6 in the ACC) into a third-place tie with Duke and Florida State in the ACC. North Carolina is in first, while Notre Dame is a game up on the other three teams in second place.
MVP of the game
I guess Deng Adel because he did have a career high 22 points.
Adel was 9 of 16 from the field and 3 of 3 from the free-throw line for the Cardinals. He also had four rebounds and three assists.
While he ended up leading the Cardinals in scoring, Adel had a tough stretch to start the second half when he made a couple of miscues on offense and lost his man on defense.
Adel had eight in a stretch of the second half when the Cardinals closed to within 73-70.
*****Louisville was the last team in the country not to have a loss to a team that wasn't ranked in the AP poll. The loss to the Demon Deacons was the first of the season in that category for the Cardinals.
*****Mangok Mathiang had 12 points and 10 rebounds in 29 minutes, while Ray Spalding added nine points and eight rebounds.
*****Tony Hicks played nine minutes and had three points, one rebound and one assist.
U of L coach Rick Pitino
"When we substituted we made some really bad plays. We made some bad offensive plays and some bad defensive plays. . . . (The team) didn't know what they were in for tonight. I did and tried to tell them but they didn't and now they do after we took a loss."
Up next . . .
The Cardinals will host Notre Dame on Saturday for Senior Day. It's a Red Out in the KFC Yum Center.