Feb. 24, 2016
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Zach Auguste had 18 points and 12 rebounds, and No. 23 Notre Dame beat Wake Forest 69-58 on Wednesday night.
Steve Vasturia added 16 points and Demetrius Jackson had all 15 of his in the second half for the Fighting Irish (19-8, 10-5 Atlantic Coast Conference).
Coming off a 63-62 loss at Georgia Tech, Notre Dame hasn’t lost consecutive games in nearly two years and swept the season series by shooting 44 percent and hitting 10 of 10 free throws in the final 2:01.
Freshman John Collins had 16 points in his first start for the Demon Deacons (11-17, 2-14), who have lost 12 of 13 with the only victory in that stretch coming against a Boston College team that hasn’t won an ACC game.
They trailed by 10 with 11 minutes left before making things tense for a while down the stretch.
Wake Forest pulled to 59-55 on Collins’ layup with 3 1/2 minutes left, but the Demon Deacons missed their final six shots.
Meanwhile, the Fighting Irish pulled away at the free-throw line: Auguste hit four straight free throws to make it an eight-point game, and Jackson hit four in a row in the final minute before V.J. Beachem hit two with 5.7 seconds left.
The Fighting Irish haven’t lost two in a row since the end of the 2013-14 season, when they dropped the final three games while finishing 15-17.
It sure helped that Jackson got hot in the second half. He averages a team-best 16.4 points but missed all four of his shots in the first half, including two 3-pointers, before finally making it to double figures for the sixth time in seven games.
Doral Moore added 13 points for the Demon Deacons, who played their second game without leading rebounder Devin Thomas while he served the final game of a two-game suspension for violating undisclosed rules.
Notre Dame: Auguste grabbed his 700th career rebound in the first half. He’s the 19th player in program history with that many. … The Fighting Irish improved to 10-1 against teams from the state of North Carolina since the start of the 2014-15 season.
Notre Dame visits Florida State on Saturday.