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Wake Forest rally stuns Pittsburgh

Wake Forest’s Codi Miller-McIntyre, center, drives between Pittsburgh’s James Robinson, right, and Cameron Wright Sunday night in Winston-Salem.
Wake Forest’s Codi Miller-McIntyre, center, drives between Pittsburgh’s James Robinson, right, and Cameron Wright Sunday night in Winston-Salem. AP

Codi Miller-McIntyre scored 11 of his 13 points during the second half Sunday, and Wake Forest rallied in the final five minutes to stun Pittsburgh 69-66.

Mitchell Wilbekin added 14 points, including 12 first-half points on four 3-pointers, and Cornelius Hudson had 11 for the Deacons (13-16, 5-11 ACC), who rallied from a seven-point deficit to snap a three-game losing streak.

Trailing 60-53, Miller-McIntyre scored seven points during a 10-1 run that put Wake Forest back in the lead for the first time since holding a 37-35 margin at the halftime break.

His jumper with 3 minutes, 32 seconds left tied the score at 61, then Miller-McIntyre made a steal to set up Dino Mitoglou’s 3-pointer with 2:39 left that put the Deacons ahead to stay.

Michael Young scored 22 points for the Panthers (19-11, 8-8). Jamel Artis added 19 points and Cameron Wright 11.

Behind Wilbekin, who made just six of 23 3-point attempts over six February games, helped Wake Forest pull ahead early, leading by as many as nine points in the first half.

The Deacons’ biggest lead came on Wilbekin’s third 3-pointer of the half, putting them ahead 24-15 with 8:59 remaining. His final 3-pointer, with 5:19 left, staked Wake Forest to a 27-21 lead.

However, Pittsburgh managed to fight back, cutting the Deacons’ lead to two points five times over the final five minutes. The last came when Young sank a 3-pointer with 27 seconds remaining, pulling Pittsburgh within 37-35.

The Panthers then appeared to take control of the game in the second half, opening with a 17-6 run. Artis capped the run on a short jumper with 12:53 left, giving Pittsburgh a 52-43 lead, its biggest of the game.

The Panthers fell short of giving Jamie Dixon his 12th consecutive 20-win season in losing to Wake Forest for the first time in school history.

Devin Thomas became the 51st player in Deacons history and the second this season to reach 1,000 points. The junior entered Sunday’s game just two points shy of the mark and reached it with a layup with 16:01 left in the first half.

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