The losses mounted for Jeff Bzdelik, and so did the public criticism of the Wake Forest basketball coach. The school announced his resignation Thursday after four mostly disappointing seasons.
He went 51-76 at Wake Forest with a 17-51 record in Atlantic Coast Conference play. The Demon Deacons were 17-16 this year — their first winning season under him — but that wasn't enough to satisfy an increasingly splintered fan base.
NAIA men's tournament
Pikeville 103, Lindenwood-Belleville 76: Keala King poured in a career-high 32 points to go with 10 rebounds Thursday and Chris Cantino posted a double-double with 12 points and 13 boards as Pikeville ran past the Illinois school in the first round in Kansas City, Mo.
The Bears advance to the second round for the first time since the national-championship run in 2011. UPIKE faces St. Gregory's (Okla.), which upset No. 15-seed Wiley (Texas) 84-69, at 1:30 p.m. Friday.
"I think our experience from the past helped us settle in," said UPIKE Coach Kelly Wells. "Our five seniors gave an unbelievable effort. I tell them all the time we don't need a Superman on this team, we just have to get it done together."
Even though King looked superhuman, he couldn't have done it without Bruce Reed adding 12 points and Josh Whitaker and Elisha Justice chipping in with 11.
St. Catharine 99, SAGU (Texas) 97: St. Catharine scored the biggest upset thus far by beating the No. 5 seed. The Patriots will face the winner of No. 12 Xavier (La.) and Hope International (Calif.) on Friday at 9:45 p.m..
St. Catharine survived a last-second attempt by SAGU guard Dominique Rambo with 4.3 seconds to play. The Patriots missed four of six free throws in the final 15 seconds, but the Lions were unable to take advantage.
Georgetown 97, Wayland Baptist 90: Monty Wilson scored 39 points on 10-of-16 shooting Wednesday to lead the way for the defending national champions.
Wilson's total was the most in a game at the national championship since 2012.
"Monty Wilson has had some pretty good games in this gym," said Georgetown Coach Chris Briggs.
The Tigers face No. 3 seed William Carey (Miss.) Friday at 5:30 p.m.