"We should have been," Dino Gaudio said when asked if his team was ready for that type of game. "One of the things we did last night was we must have showed them 15 physical plays from last year."
But the Deacs weren't quite ready for the Yellow Jackets' tenacity. "We knew what was coming and they hit us, but we didn't react the right way," guard Ishmael Smith said. "We complained to the refs and didn't play our game, things like that."
The Yellow Jackets, who picked up their first ACC win of the season to improve to 10-10 overall, 1-6 in conference play, were led by Gani Lawal who scored 25 and collected 10 rebounds. Lewis Clinch scored 19 for the Yellow Jackets and the other Aminu brother, Alade Aminu, scored 10 and grabbed 13 rebounds in the win.
Wake Forest hopes to rebound Wednesday night as the Deacons continue ACC play with a road showdown against Miami.