GREENSBORO, N.C.-- Coron Williams scored a season-high 25 points and Wake Forest beat Notre Dame 81-69 on Wednesday in the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
Devin Thomas added 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Williams hit four 3-pointers for the 12th-seeded Demon Deacons (17-15). They shot a season-best 61 percent, built a 33-23 rebounding advantage and earned their first ACC tournament win since 2007 - when the late Skip Prosser was their coach.
Wake Forest will play fifth-seeded Pittsburgh (23-8) on Thursday in the second round. Pat Connaughton scored 19 points for the 13th-seeded Fighting Irish (15-17), who lost their ACC tournament debut.
The league newcomers shot 40 percent and had won at least one game in their previous five Big East tournaments.