Deacons Down Musketeers 66-59 in Skip Prosser Classic
Devin Thomas grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds and scored seven points against Xavier

Jan. 2, 2013

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By Scott Wortman, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@TieDyeNation)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Travis McKie scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds as Wake Forest responded to its only second-half deficit with a 12-0 run to defeat Xavier 66-59 in the Skip Prosser Classic on Wednesday evening at the Joel Coliseum.

After Wake Forest (7-5) led by as many as 11 points early in the second half, Xavier (7-6) stormed back to take a 49-48 lead at the 6:58 mark. But the Demon Deacons responded immediately with a 12-0 run to push the lead back to 11 points with 2:34 remaining, and the Musketeers would not get closer than seven points the rest of the way.

Wake Forest now leads the Skip Prosser Classic 2-1 after also winning the opening game of the series against Xavier in January of 2010.

Codi Miller-McIntyre and C.J. Harris joined McKie in double figures. Miller-McIntyre scored 16 points on an efficient 6-of-7 shooting and also led the Deacons with three assists. Harris notched 15 points, including a 5-of-6 mark from the free throw line.

Freshman Devin Thomas dominated the boards, grabbing 14 rebounds that shattered his previous career-high of eight boards.

Travis Taylor recorded a double-double for Xavier with 18 points and 10 rebounds, though 16 of the points and seven of the rebounds came in the opening period as the Demon Deacons clamped down on him in the second half.

Xavier got off to a fast start, scoring the first eight points of the game before Wake Forest could get on the board with a Codi Miller-McIntyre free throw at 17:40. The Deacons finally settled in and used an 8-0 run of their own to get back in the game, as Miller-McIntyre fueled the stretch with six points.

With the Musketeers holding a 24-21 advantage after scoring six straight points late in the first half, Wake Forest closed the half on a 10-2 run over the period's final three minutes. C.J. Harris nailed a jumper in the lane just before the buzzer to send the Deacons into the locker room with a 31-26 advantage.

Wake Forest maintained control to start the second period opening with an 8-2 run to start. The Deacons pushed their lead to 39-29 when Miller-McIntyre put in a fastbreak layup to cap an 18-5 run that started when the home squad trailed by three late in the first half.

A Tyler Cavanaugh 3-pointer at 15:22 gave the Deacons an 11-point lead at 42-31, but the Musketeers responded with eight straight points over the next 2:26 to pull within three at 42-39.

Travis McKie drilled a 3-pointer at the 8:31 mark to snap a stretch of over four minutes that saw the Deacons go without a field goal. McKie's bucket pushed Wake Forest's lead to 48-43.

Jeff Robinson's jumper at the 6:58 mark capped an 18-6 Xavier run and gave the Musketeers a 49-48 advantage. However, the Deacons responded immediately with a Devin Thomas layup to start a 12-0 run over the next 4:05 to go ahead 60-49 and the Musketeers would not get closer than seven points the rest of the way.

Wake Forest opens ACC play on Saturday at No. 1-ranked Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Tip-off is scheduled for noon. The game will be televised on ESPNU and can also be heard on the Wake Forest IMG Sports Network.



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