Deacs Open 2016-17 by Beating Radford, 80-59
Nov. 11, 2016

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Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@TieDyeNation)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- The Wake Forest men's basketball team led wire-to-wire in a season-opening 80-59 victory over Radford inside the LJVM Coliseum on Friday night.

The win was the 1,500th in program history, and also the Demon Deacons' (1-0) sixth-straight in a season-opener.

John Collins posted his first-career double-double, finishing with career-highs of 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting and 12 rebounds in 23 minutes of action.

Fellow sophomore Bryant Crawford added 14 points and eight assists, while Keyshawn Woods chipped in with 14 points in his Deacon debut after sitting out the 2015-16 season.

The Deacs scored the first seven points of the contest and the Highlanders (0-1) were unable to cut the margin to fewer than six points in the final 32 minutes of the game.

Wake Forest took a 36-28 advantage into the break before Radford scored the first bucket of the second half. Dinos Mitoglou, Collins and Doral Moore answered by combining on an 11-2 run to extend the lead (47-32) into double digits for good.

The Deacs made their last seven field-goal attempts of the game to push the lead over 20 points, as Wake Forest finished the day 32-of-65 (49.2 percent) from the floor.

Mitoglou ended the game with nine points and six boards, while Moore had six points, three rebounds and three blocks and Brandon Childress tallied five points and five assists. Austin Arians opened the game with a triple, and finished with seven points.

MAKING HISTORY
• Wake Forest reaches the all-time victory milestone of 1,500 wins. Wake Forest is the 57th Division I school and 9th ACC school to reach this milestone.

DEACON DEBUTS
Austin Arians made his debut as a Demon Deacon. Arians ended the night with seven points and two rebounds.
Brandon Childress made his Demon Deacon debut off the bench. Childress finished the night with five points, five assists and three rebounds.
Keyshawn Woods made his official debut after sitting out the 2015-16 season due to NCAA transfer rules. Off the bench, Woods was second on the team in scoring with 14 points.
• Freshmen Rich Washington and Sam Japhet-Mathias played in their first contests as Demon Deacons tonight.

SOPHOMORES SHOW UP
• Sophomore John Collins earned his first double-double of the season with 18 points and 12 rebounds. The 18 points and 12 rebounds are a new career record for Collins. Accompanying his career high points and rebounds, Collins also tied his career-high in blocks with three.
• Sophomore Bryant Crawford finished the night with 14 points and led the team in assists with eight.
• Sophomore Doral Moore ended the night going 3-of-3 from the field. Moore also tied his career high in blocks with three.

DEFENSIVE DOMINANCE
• The Deacs dominated defensively in the first half by keeping the Highlanders field-goal percentage to only 30.6 percent. Radford finished at 35.8 percent (24-of-67).
• The Deacs ended the night with a total of 10 blocks coming from five different players. Doral Moore and John Collins each had three, Dinos Mitoglou had two, and Bryant Crawford and Austin Arians added one apiece. The last time the Deacons recorded 10 blocks in a game was on Nov. 30, 2015 at Rutgers.

UP NEXT
• The Deacs will wrap up their two--game homestand on Sunday as they play host to Bucknell at 2 p.m. on ACC Network Extra.
• Wake Forest has won all seven previous meetings against the Bison, including each of the last two seasons.


 

 

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