No. 12 Wake Forest 71, Michigan 60
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) _ Robert O’Kelley scored 19 points to lead No. 12 Wake Forest to a 71-60 come-from-behind victory over Michigan on Tuesday night in an ACC/Big Ten Challenge game.
Michigan (2-2) led by 11 with 16 minutes to play, but couldn’t hold off the more experienced Demon Deacons (5-0). Wake Forest, last season’s NIT champion, has won 10 straight games, second in the nation to only Michigan State’s 14 in a row.
Darius Songalia had 13 points for Wake Forest, while Antwan Scott added 12 and Josh Shoemaker had 10.
LaVell Blanchard led the Wolverines with 13, and Bernard Robinson Jr. and Josh Asselin each added 12.
The Wolverines led 32-29 at the half behind 10 points and five rebounds from Blanchard and held the Demon Deacons scoreless for the first four minutes of the second. Asselin and Chris Young scored four points each as Michigan built the lead to 40-29.
Wake Forest, though, answered with a 13-4 run that got them within 44-42 with 12:35 to go. The Demon Deacons took a 47-46 lead on O’Kelley’s 3-pointer, then expanded the margin to 53-48 with 8:30 left.
Michigan didn’t help its chances by missing four straight free throws, including the front end of two one-and-ones. That helped Wake Forest go on a 9-2 run, making it 62-53.
Asselin’s basket got the Wolverines within seven with 4:20 left, but Michigan didn’t score again for nearly three minutes, allowing Wake Forest to put the game away.
The game kicked off the second-annual Challenge, a series of nine games played on Tuesday and Wednesday between teams from the conferences. The conference that wins the most games will win the Commissioner’s Cup. In 1999, the ACC won 5-4.