Deacons Blow By Seminoles 71-46

Feb. 9, 2013

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Four Demon Deacons scored in double figures, and Wake Forest dominated Florida State inside to post a 71-46 win over the Seminoles on Saturday at Joel Coliseum.

A balanced scoring attack led the Deacons (11-12, 4-7 ACC) to victory. Travis McKie scored 15 points to lead all players. He was joined in double figures by C.J. Harris (14), Codi Miller-McIntyre (14) and Chase Fischer (10).

The Demon Deacons owned the paint, outrebounding the Seminoles 45-25 and outscoring the `Noles 32-16 inside on the offensive end.

Wake Forest led for the entire game, and used 12-2 run in the first half and a 14-0 run in the second half to seal the victory.

Turning Point
Leading 11-10 midway through the first half, Wake Forest exploded for a 12-2 run to earn a double-digit lead at 23-12. Tyler Cavanaugh and C.J. Harris sparked the run with back-to-back jumpers, Harris' from 3-point range. Arnaud William Adala Moto capped the run with back-to-back layups. The Seminoles would not get within six points the rest of the way

Buzz Words
"Once again, I want to thank our fans. 12 o'clock on a Saturday, they were here for us and that means so much to us. Just an outstanding overall effort by our basketball team defensively, on the boards, sharing the basketball, moving without the ball and getting loose balls from everyone on the team." - Wake Forest head coach Jeff Bzdelik

By the Numbers

  • Wake Forest shot 49 percent from the field in the game while holding Florida State to only 33 percent shooting - the worst shooting percentage for a Wake Forest opponent this season.
  • The Demon Deacons recorded 12 steals, tied for their highest total of the ACC season. The Deacs also had 12 steals in a win over Boston College in January.
  • Wake Forest turned its 13 offensive rebounds into 19 second-chance points. The Seminoles had only one second-chance point in the game.
  • Devin Thomas had a true stat-stuffing game for the Deacons, grabbing eight rebounds, scoring seven points, earning four steals, dishing out three assists and blocking two shots.
  • Travis McKie grabbed six rebounds to go with his 15 points.
  • Chase Fischer's 10-point performance marked his first double-digit scoring performance against an ACC opponent this season.

Quick Shots

  • Freshmen scored Wake Forest's first 13 points of the game. Of those 13, Codi Miller-McIntyre had seven, Devin Thomas had four and Tyler Cavanaugh had two. C.J. Harris notched the first points for an upperclassman, draining a 3-pointer at the 11:25 mark.
  • Wake Forest started Codi Miller-McIntyre, C.J. Harris, Travis McKie, Arnaud William Adala Moto and Devin Thomas for the 11th time and the first since its loss to Georgia Tech on Jan. 26.
  • Wake Forest is now 4-1 at home in ACC play.
  • Wake Forest's 25-point win over 2012 ACC champion Florida State was tied for the largest margin of victory over a defending ACC champ in school history. The other 25-point win came when the Deacons topped defending champion Georgia Tech in the 1994 ACC Tournament by an identical 71-46 margin.
  • The Demon Deacons held an ACC opponent under 50 points for the first time since Feb. 12, 2005 when they limited Florida State to 48 points in a 87-48 win
  • Freshman walk-ons Grant O'Brien and Duke Antonelli made their Wake Forest debuts in the game.

Up Next
Wake Forest will head to snowy Boston to face Boston College on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The game will be televised on the ACC's regional sports networks and can be heard on the Wake Forest IMG Sports Network. The Demon Deacons beat the Eagles 75-72 at Joel Coliseum on Jan. 12.

 

 

 

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