Harris Leads Wake Forest Past BC 75-72
Jan. 12, 2013
By Alex Botoman, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@TieDyeNation)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Sparked by a career-high 29 points from C.J. Harris, Wake Forest staved off a late Boston College comeback attempt to defeat the Eagles 75-72 on Saturday at Joel Coliseum.
After a back-and-forth first half, the Demon Deacons (9-6, 2-1 ACC) built a 12-point lead midway through the final period, but the Eagles (9-7, 1-2 ACC) used an 11-2 run in the final five minutes to draw within a point at 71-70. Wake Forest stood strong defensively though, and Harris made two free throws with 4.5 seconds remaining to seal the victory.
Harris' 29 points came on an efficient 10-of-13 shooting and 5-of-6 from the free throw line. He carried the Deacons all afternoon, at one point scoring 11 consecutive points.
Travis McKie chipped in 18 points to go with four steals, three assists and one block. Devin Thomas led the Deacons on the boards with 11 rebounds, going over the 10-rebound for the third time in the last four games, to go with six points, three assists, two blocks, steals.
Codi Miller-McIntyre dished out five assists without turning the ball over once and also chipped in eight points himself. Arnaud William Adala Moto scored six points on 3-of-3 shooting and pulled down five rebounds.
Wake Forest shot 51 percent from the field (29-of-57) and made good use of its speed, outscoring Boston College 23-4 on the fast break. The Deacons capitalized on the Eagles' 17 turnovers, turning them into 17 points, while turning the ball over only 12 times for the second game in a row.
Lonnie Jackson scored 23 points to lead Boston College, and Olivier Hanlan chipped in 18 points.
Boston College came out of the gate strong, scoring the first 10 points of the game before Travis McKie got Wake Forest on the board with a pair of free throws.
Once Wake Forest broke the ice, C.J. Harris went on a tear scoring 11 straight points for Wake Forest to pull the Deacons back even at 13-13.
Midway through the period, the Eagles surged for a 10-0 run to retake the lead 28-20, but the Demon Deacons responded with a 13-0 spurt, their largest run of the year, which was started by three consecutive 3-pointers. Harris drilled two of those shots from behind the arc and McKie provided the third.
BC went back in front with just under two minutes left before halftime, but McKie hit a 3-pointer and Harris finished a second-chance layup to send Wake Forest into the locker room on a 5-0 run and with a 38-36 lead.
The Deacons kept rolling after the interval, starting the second half with a 10-2 run to push the lead to double-digits at 48-38. The lead remained around 10 points until late in the period when the Eagles began to claw their way back, cutting the Wake Forest advantage to one with 1:56 left. But BC could not complete the comeback.
Wake Forest will hit the road on Tuesday when it travels to face Clemson at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPNU and can be heard on the Wake Forest IMG Sports Network.
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