Deacs Drop Road Contest at No. 7 Duke
Jan. 13, 2018
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By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeMBB)
DURHAM, N.C. -- Wake Forest men's basketball fell on the road at No. 7 Duke, 89-71, Saturday afternoon at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Demon Deacons fall to 8-9 on the season, including an 1-4 mark in ACC play, while Duke moves to 15-2 with a 3-2 ledger in conference play.
Bryant Crawford led the Demon Deacons with 21 points, his fifth 20-point game of the season and 21st of his career. He moves to 33rd in career scoring with 1,221 points, four points shy of catching Paul Long in 32nd. Crawford also had six assists, and is just five assists shy of being the fifth Deacon to amass 1,200 points and 400 assists in his career.
Keyshawn Woods also finished in double digits with 15 points, his 13th such game of the season. Woods also dished out a season-high four assists and pulled down a matched a season-best six rebounds.
Brandon Childress finished with 11 points, his sixth double-figure game of the season. With his 11 points, Childress and his father Randolph Childress have combined for 2,572 career points to become the highest-scoring father-son duo in the ACC. They surpass Brian Oliver and J.P. Tokoto, who combined for 2,570 points.
After trading baskets in the opening minutes, a 3-pointer from Woods gave the Demon Deacons a 10-9 lead with 15 minutes remaining in the first half. The Deacs held that lead, outscoring the Blue Devils 8-2, to take their largest lead of the half at four points. However, Duke went on a 14-2 run to regain the lead and build up an eight-point lead with just over eight minutes to go. Wake Forest went 4-for-5 from the floor to cut the lead to three with 6:38 left in the opening half but then went cold, missing their next five, allowing the Blue Devils to go on an 8-0 run and force a Wake Forest timeout. Duke extended its run to 11-0 before a triple from Crawford snapped the streak with 27.3 seconds to go. The Blue Devils would go on to take a 46-33 lead into halftime.
The Deacons opened the second half with back-to-back baskets from Terrence Thompson and Doral Moore but Blue Devils quickly countered with five points of their own. From there, Duke slowly built up its lead to 18 points with 15 minutes left in the game, a deficit that proved too much for Wake Forest to overcome as the Deacs fell, 89-71.
Sam Japhet-Mathias recorded a season-high four points in a career-high 17 minutes while Troy Rike recorded his first career 3-pointer.
Up next, the Demon Deacons conclude back-to-back games in the Triangle with a visit to NC State on Jan. 18. The game tips at 8 p.m. and will air on ACC Network affiliates.