Notre Dame coach Mike Brey addresses 'disappointing' finish after Wake Forest loss
Notre Dame fell to Wake Forest 79-74 on Saturday afternoon, ending its five-game winning streak.
The loss also means Notre Dame (12-4) is no longer in a tie for first place atop the ACC standings. Duke is now 13-3 in ACC play after defeating Florida State on Saturday.
Notre Dame led by as many as 12 points late in the first half, but it couldn’t hold the lead. Wake Forest attempted 19 more shots than the Irish thanks to an enormous rebounding advantage.
Wake Forest out-rebounded Notre Dame 16-2 on the offensive glass. That resulted in 16 second-chance points for the Demon Deacons.
Notre Dame still had the lead with under 5 minutes to go, but couldn’t get enough stops. ACC Player of the Year candidate Alondes Williams controlled the game in crunch time and finished with 23 points.
After the game, coach Mike Brey acknowledged the “disappointing” finish. He also expressed confidence in Notre Dame’s ability to bounce back in its next game.
“Our guys are really disappointed they couldn’t finish,” Brey told reporters after the game, via IrishSportsDaily. “They really believe. Of course, we haven’t been in bounce-back mode much. When we have, we’ve delivered. That’s where we’re at with a Syracuse team coming in here on Monday.
“I have full confidence in this group. They’re in the midst of chasing some things they’ve never done before. They’ll rally and be ready for practice.”
Notre Dame is still fighting for seeding in the NCAA tournament and could get back into the regular season title race if Duke slips up down the stretch.
Duke hosts Syracuse on Wednesday.