Champagnie scores 31, Pitt surges past Wake Forest 81-72

Champagnie scores 31, Pitt surges past Wake Forest 81-72
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GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Justin Champagnie scored a career-high 31 points, and Pittsburgh defeated Wake Forest 81-72 in the opening round of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament.

Trey McGowens scored 14 points and Xavier Johnson added 10 points and eight assists for the Pitt (16-16), the tournament’s 13th seed.

Twelfth-seeded Wake Forest was led by Olivier Sarr’s 20 points and 13 rebounds. Isaiah Mucius had 19 points and Brandon Childress added 17 for the Demon Deacons (13-18).

Pitt advances to play NC State in the second round on Wednesday.

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