Wake Forest deals blow to Irish NCAA hopes with 84-73 victory


Wake Forest guard Torry Johnson (11) goes up for a shot against Miami center Rodney Miller Jr. (14) and guard Dejan Vasiljevic (1) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, in Coral Gables, Fla. Miami defeated Wake Forest 71-54. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Olivier Sarr scored 30 points and grabbed 17 rebounds to lead Wake Forest to an 84-73 victory over visiting Notre Dame, which had won seven of its previous nine games.

The 7-foot Sarr outplayed Notre Dame star big man John Mooney, who scored 24 points with 17 rebounds but made only 10 of 22 shots from the field.

With the victory, the Demon Deacons remained one game ahead of last-place North Carolina in the ACC.

The loss put a crimp in Notre Dame hopes for an NCAA Tournament bid.

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