By Ken Cross
Gabe DeVoe scored 24 points, 13 over the last 7:53 of the first half, but it was Marcquise Reed who took over down the stretch as he scored eight of his 20 points to lead No. 20 Clemson to a 75-67 win over Wake Forest in Winston-Salem on Saturday.
“We had a hard time guarding for a long time, went to some zone late as we had two guys with four fouls,” noted Clemson coach Brad Brownell, “Offensively, I thought we played okay today, not great. We just happened to have the late run. We just made a couple of plays down the stretch.”
When Clemson switched to a 2-3 matchup late, Wake Forest didn’t score in the clutch as they were 0-for-7 over a 4:59 stretch which ended as Bryant Crawford scored on a jumper with 32 seconds remaining.
After DeVoe nailed a triple to draw Clemson even at 61 with six minutes remaining, Reed’s activity helped seize the win. He made six out of seven free throws down the stretch and came off a screen to nail a jumper which gave the Tigers a 63-61 advantage late.
“He’s playing at his highest level for sure, said Clemson coach Brad Brownell of DeVoe, “He made some shots today and I thought he looked good. His efficiency on offensive was really good and helped us get going.”
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Clemson scored 56 points out of it’s back court with the efficiency of DeVoe and Reed leading the way. Reed, DeVoe, and Mitchell combined for 22 of the Tigers’ last 24 points.
“We thought we would have to make plays on the perimeter with Doral Moore in there,” said Brownell, “I thought Eli (Thomas) did some good things. Doral has really improved. They have done a good job with him.”
DeVoe got the Tigers rolling in the first half as he scored seven of his 13 first half points in a 1:16 stretch to help the Tigers stay even with the hot-shooting Deacons. His three off the right side gave Clemson a 35-30 halftime lead.
“I thought Clemson did a good job of executing their offense,” said Manning, “Reed, DeVoe, and Mitchell are a good trio of guards. They were able to create separation and we didn’t do what we needed to to give more resistance to them.”
Bryant Crawford led Wake Forest with 16 points while Doral Moore had nine, but 13 rebounds. It was his sixth game in a row with double figures in rebounds.
“I thought we got some and looks and they didn’t go in for us,” commented Manning, “Doral by far is our best rebounder and offensive rebounder. We have to get some more guys flying in there and get second chance opportunities.”