No. 11 Duke Downs Wake Forest 83-63
Feb. 4, 2014
By Scott Wortman, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@TieDyeNation)
DURHAM, N.C. - Wake Forest started off hot, building a five-point lead midway through the first half, but Duke's big run to end the period proved to be too much, as the No. 11-ranked Blue Devils handed the Demon Deacons an 83-63 loss on Tuesday evening at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Wake Forest, playing without leading scorer Codi Miller-McIntyre who sat out with an ankle injury, took it to Duke early. Devin Thomas scored the teams' first seven points of the game as the Deacons jumped out to a 7-2 advantage.
Trailing 15-13, the Deacons (14-9, 4-6 ACC) rattled off an 8-1 run which included a pair of 3-pointers from Miles Overton to take a 21-16 advantage at the 13:03 mark. After a Madison Jones free throw gave Wake Forest a 28-26 lead with under seven to play in the half, Duke rallied with an 18-1 run over next five minutes to take a 44-29 advantage.
The Blue Devils (18-5, 7-3 ACC) kept pouring it on, ultimately ending the first half with a 20-5 stretch that saw the home squad make nine of their final 11 field goal attempts. Duke, who led 46-33 at the break, had started the game 4-for-14 from beyond the arc but finished the half by sinking each of its final four from long range.
A 3-point play from Arnaud William Adala Moto early in the second half cut the deficit to 10, but that was as close as the Deacons would get the rest of the way.
Adala Moto, who made his first start of the year, posted his second double-double with 10 points and a team-best 10 rebounds.
Thomas paced the Deacons with 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting to go with three assists. Overton scored a career-high 12 points on the night, eight of which came in the second half.
Jones played a full 40 minutes, finishing with nine points, three assists and three steals.
Jabari Parker led Duke with 21 points and eight rebounds. Rasheed Sulaimon scored 19 points, and Andre Dawkins added 17 off the bench.
The Blue Devils shot 51 percent from the floor, while the Deacons finished at 49 percent. Wake Forest outrebounded Duke 31-26, but it was turnovers that ultimately doomed the Deacons who finished with 19 on the night compared to 11 for the Blue Devils.
Wake Forest is off this weekend before returning to action next Tuesday, Feb. 11, at NC State. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at PNC Arena. The game will be televised nationally on ESPNU and can also be heard on the Wake Forest IMG Sports Network.