Hoosiers blow 2nd half lead, lose in Maui Invitational opener

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INDIANAPOLIS (November 23, 2015) — Bryant Crawford’s driving layup with 3.2 seconds to play gave Wake Forest the lead and the Demon Deacons beat No. 13 Indiana 82-78 on Monday in the opening round of the Maui Jim Maui Invitational.

Crawford had the ball at the head of the key for about 8 seconds before he put his down and drove to the basket to give Wake Forest (3-1) the lead for good. After Indiana turned the ball over on a long pass, John Collins made two free throws with .7 seconds left for the final margin.

Wake Forest will face No. 19 Vanderbilt, a 92-55 winner over St. John’s, in the semifinals on Tuesday.

Indiana (3-1) led 75-67 with 4:50 left but the Demon Deacons went on a 9-2 run to take a 78-77 lead on a drive by Crawford with 24 seconds to play.

Troy Williams made one of two free throws with 13 seconds left to tie the game.

Devin Thomas led Wake Forest with 21 points while Dinos Mitoglou scored all 18 of his points in the first half. Crawford finished with 13 points and Collins had 10.

Williams led the Hoosiers with 16 points and Robert Johnson added 14.

Collins had nine rebounds for Wake Forest, which finished with a 43-30 advantage on the boards including 18-11 on the offensive end. The Demon Deacons had three of the offensive rebounds in the final 2:32.

In an up-and-down first half that ended with a 3-pointer by Mitchell Wilbekin that gave the Demon Deacons a 50-45 lead.

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