NEW YORK (AP) Wake Forest was not going to play its way into the NCAA Tournament by beating last-place Boston College. The Demon Deacons did avoid playing their way out.
Austin Arians gave Wake Forest a lift from 3-point range in the first half and finished with a season-high 17 points to help the Demon Deacons beat the Eagles 97-78 on Tuesday and advance to the second round of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament.
No. 10 seed Wake Forest (19-12) will take a four-game winning streak and hopes of slipping into the NCAA tournament into a matchup with seventh-seeded Virginia Tech on Wednesday at Barclays Center.