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Williams, Thomas help Wake Forest claim 1st ACC tournament win since 2007, topping ND 81-69

  • Notre Dame's Zach Auguste (30) is fouled by Wake Forest's Devin Thomas (2) during the second half of a first round NCAA college basketball game at the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Wednesday, March 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

    Notre Dame's Zach Auguste (30) is fouled by Wake Forest's Devin Thomas (2) during the second half of a first round NCAA college basketball game at the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Wednesday, March 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)  (The Associated Press)

  • Wake Forest's Devin Thomas (2) reacts after making a basket against Notre Dame during the first half of a first round NCAA college basketball game at the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Wednesday, March 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

    Wake Forest's Devin Thomas (2) reacts after making a basket against Notre Dame during the first half of a first round NCAA college basketball game at the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Wednesday, March 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)  (The Associated Press)

  • Wake Forest's Devin Thomas, right, reacts with teammate Coron Williams after making a basket against Notre Dame during the first half of a first round NCAA college basketball game at the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Wednesday, March 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

    Wake Forest's Devin Thomas, right, reacts with teammate Coron Williams after making a basket against Notre Dame during the first half of a first round NCAA college basketball game at the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Wednesday, March 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)  (The Associated Press)

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.