STORM CHASERS: Deacs Top No. 2 Canes 80-65
Feb. 23, 2013
By Scott Wortman, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@TieDyeNation)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - C.J. Harris scored 23 points to lead Wake Forest to an 80-65 upset of No. 2-ranked Miami on Saturday afternoon at the Joel Coliseum. The Demon Deacons handed the Hurricanes their first ACC loss of the season, snapping Miami's 14-game winning streak.
Harris went 5-for-5 from 3-point range in the first half, as Wake Forest (12-14, 5-9 ACC) built a 19-point lead in the period.
Miami (22-4, 13-1 ACC) fought back to within five in the second half, but the Deacons used a 12-0 run midway through the period to reclaim control. Harris sparked the run with a fastbreak dunk, and Madison Jones scored five points to lead the stretch.
"I think what was special about this game is that we knew that they would make a run, and cut it to five points at one point," said head coach Jeff Bzdelik. "Our guys never wavered. You could see it in their eyes, and they just kept attacking offensively. They kept defending and scraping, and that to me was the most impressive thing is this basketball game: our resolve when they started closing the gap."
Harris turned in his fifth 20-point performance of the season and the second in the past three games. He scored 15 of his 23 in the first half and finished 7-for-13 from the field.
Harris is the first player to have a perfect 3-point shooting game with five or more attempts in ACC competition since Terrell Bell of Virginia Tech went 5-of-5 vs. Maryland on Feb. 15, 2011.
Jones provided a big spark off the bench, turning in eight points on 3-of-3 shooting with five rebounds, four steals and three assists in 19 minutes.
Codi Miller-McIntyre went 6-for-8 from the floor and finished with 15 points, three assists and a steal. Devin Thomas added 10 points, eight rebounds and three blocks, while Travis McKie pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds to go with eight points, five blocks and two assists.
Tyler Cavanaugh came off the bench to score nine points, going 4-for-4 from the field.
Durand Scott led four Hurricanes in double figures with 17 points. Shane Larkin added 13 points, three assists and three steals.
Wake Forest shot 54.2 percent (26-of-48) for the game, including 10-of-20 from 3-point range. The Deacons held the Canes to 39.1 percent (25-of-64) shooting and 8-of-21 from beyond the arc.
Wake Forest outrebounded Miami 36-35 and narrowly won the turnover battle with 12 miscues to 13 for the Hurricanes.
The Deacons did a majority of their damage in transition, scoring 15 fastbreak points compared to just for Miami.
The win was the Deacons' first over a top-five ranked team since Wake Forest defeated No.1 Duke 70-68 on Jan. 28, 2009. It also marked Wake Forest's most lopsided win over a top-two ranked team ever, topping its previous best of 13 in an 86-63 defeat of No. 2 Duke on Feb. 17, 2008.
Early in the game, Wake Forest trailed 15-14 after Trey McKinney Jones hit a 3-pointer at the 12:54 mark of the first half. The Deacons responded 10 seconds later when Madison Jones scooped in a layup to start a 10-0 run over the next five minutes to give Wake Forest a 24-15 lead.
After Miami's Shane Larkin converted a layup to stop the run, C.J. Harris followed with back-to-back three pointers, the first of which came from deep beyond the arc, to push Wake Forest's lead to 13 at 30-17.
The Deacons increased their lead to 19 late in the first half, using a 9-0 run that started with a Tyler Cavanaugh 3-pointer and ended with a fastbreak layup by Arnaud William Adala Moto after Codi Miller-McIntyre got an open-court steal.
Miami hit back-to-back 3-pointers in the final minute to pull within 42-29 at the half.
The Hurricanes kept the momentum to open the second half, outscoring the Deacons 12-4 over the initial five minutes to pull within 46-41.
Wake Forest used a 12-0 run midway through the second period to increase its 50-45 lead to 62-45 with 7:16 to play. Miami did not get closer than 11 the rest of the way.
The Deacons went 9-for-12 at the free throw line in the final 2:14 to seal the win. Miller-McIntyre was 5-of-6 at the line during the stretch.
Wake Forest will return to action at Florida State on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 9 p.m. The Deacons are seeking the season series sweep after posting a 71-46 defeat of the Seminoles on Feb. 9 in Winston-Salem. The game will be televised on ESPNU and can also be heard on the Wake Forest IMG Sports Network.