Wake Forest got its first win over a top-10 team on Wednesday, beating No. 8 Louisville, 88-81, at home.
“It was a huge win – the first time I’ve ever experienced a court-storming,” Wake Forest forward John Collins said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “Obviously coach (Danny Manning) didn’t like it too much, but it was a great experience for me and a good win (for us). It was huge.”
Collins, who is averaging 19.3 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.7 blocks this season, had 25 points, 11 boards and two blocks against Louisville.
“Coach gives me confidence to go out there and play hard,” Collins said. “The guards are doing a great job of getting me the ball, and I’m going out there and doing a great job of finishing. It’s a great team effort. You can’t ask for much more.”
Wake Forest also hit 10 threes against Louisville, with reserves Konstantinos Mitoglou, Keyshawn Woods and Mitchell Wilbekin combining to shoot 8-of-14 (57.1 percent) from distance.
“We have a lot of guys that can shoot, and they shot the ball well tonight,” Collins said. “When we have as many shooters as we do, some nights are all going to be clicking, and tonight was one of those nights.”
Wake Forest, which trailed 43-42 at halftime, used a 20-4 run to take control of the game.
“Coach just stressed to us to get stops,” Collins said. “Our numbers prove that we can score against anybody in the country, and we’ve proven that. Our thing is to just go out there and defend. We defended, we rebounded and obviously the offensive end took care of itself. But that was the real main point that coach drove into us: defend and rebound, and the offensive side will do as it as has done the whole year.”
Wake Forest (17-12) closes the season at Virginia Tech (21-8) on Saturday. Tip-off is at 4:30 p.m. ET.