McKie, Walker Lead Wake Forest to 71-56 Road Win at Boston College
Jan. 21, 2012
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Wake Forest's Travis McKie posted a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Ty Walker finished with 11 rebounds and six blocks to lead the Demon Deacons to a 71-56 win at Boston College on Saturday afternoon at Conte Forum.
McKie finished 9-for-18 from the floor and added three blocks, as the sophomore forward fueled an early run that gave the Deacons the advantage in the first half. Wake Forest (11-8, 2-3 ACC) never trailed in the game, led by as many as 17 and staved off a second-half BC rally to post the road conference victory.
Behind the play of Walker, the Deacons dominated the paint. Wake out-rebounded Boston College (7-12, 2-3 ACC), 42-37, and outscored the Eagles 40-24 in the paint. Carson Desrosiers was also solid inside, pulling down eight boards with a block off the bench.
C.J. Harris extended his double-figure scoring streak to 18 games with 15 points to go along with five assists and three steals.
The Deacons limited the Eagles to just 31.1 percent (19-of-61) shooting, including a 4-for-21 mark from 3-point range. BC, who came into the game leading the ACC with 7.5 3-pointers made per game in conference play, began the game hitting just 1-for-13 from beyond the arc.
Ryan Anderson led the Eagles with a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Wake Forest took control in the early stages of the game, outscoring BC 11-4 over the first four minutes. Travis McKie led the Deacons during the stretch, scoring seven points on 3-of-3 shooting.
The Deacons pushed their lead to eight twice on a pair of Chase Fischer 3-pointers, going up 18- 10 and then 23-15 at the 7:33 mark.
Wake Forest used a 13-5 run to increase its 18-13 lead to 31-18 with just under three minutes to play in the half. Ty Walker capped the fun with consecutive buckets, including a nice tip-in on a missed 3-pointer by McKie.
Boston College closed the half on an 8-3 run, including six straight points to end the period, to pull within 34-26 at the break.
The Eagles struggled from the floor in the first half, as the Deacons held them to 28.6 percent (8- for-28) shooting and a 1-for-10 mark from 3-point range. Wake Forest, on the other hand, shot
44.8 percent (13-of-29) and was 2-for-6 from beyond the arc.
BC kept the momentum to start the second half, outscoring Wake Forest 9-4 to pull within three at 38-35 after a Lonnie Jackson jumper from the top of the key.
Leading 40-37 at the 12:52 mark of the second half, Wake reasserted control with a 12-3 run over the next four minutes. McKie's 3-pointer at the 9:01 mark put the Deacons up 52-40 and forced BC to burn a timeout.
The Eagles cut the deficit to nine on multiple occasions but could not get any closer. After BC pulled to within 10, 62-52, at the 3:30 mark, Wake Forest responded with seven straight points to essentially put the game out of reach.
Wake Forest returns to action on Wednesday, Jan. 25, when the Deacons host Florida State. Tip- off is set for 7 p.m. at the Joel Coliseum.