Deacons Rebound with Dominant Win over Nicholls
Nov. 24, 2014

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By Jay Garneau, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@TieDyeNation)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Fourteen Demon Deacons scored as Wake Forest rebounded from a two-game skid with a 75-48 victory over Nicholls inside the LJVM Coliseum on Monday night.

No Wake Forest (3-2) player scored more than 12 points or played more than 20 minutes as the Deacons were dominant in nearly every facet of the game.

Mitchell Wilbekin sank four 3-pointers for a career-high 12 points, while Cornelius Hudson was a perfect 7-of-7 from the charity stripe as he totaled 12 points and five boards.

Leading by a 10-8 margin early in the contest, the Deacons took over, outscoring Nicholls 37-12 the remainder of the opening half to take a 47-20 advantage into the break.

Wake Forest put the game away for good by starting the second half on a 13-4 spurt, taking a commanding 60-24 lead.

The Colonels chipped away after Wake Forest cleared its bench, but Nicholls was unable to get within 20 points.

Konstantinos Mitoglou notched nine points, four rebounds and three blocks, while Codi Miller-McIntyre added eight points and three assists.

Devin Thomas played just 15 minutes as his double-double streak was snapped at four games. He finished with seven points and six rebounds.

Other Wake Forest scorers included Madison Jones (seven points, three assists), Aaron Rountree III (five points), Andre Washington (four), Darius Leonard (three), Greg McClinton (two), Trent VanHorn (two), Grant O'Brien (two), Rondale Watson (one) and Troy Rike (one).

Wake Forest hit 28 free throws on 36 attempts (77.8 percent), while the Colonels only sank 10.

The game was Wake Forest's "Make a Difference" game, as the team wore pink jerseys and raised awareness and money for the fight against breast cancer.

SHAKING OFF A SLOW START
•.Nicholls grabbed five of the first seven rebounds. After that, the Demon Deacons held a 40-16 rebounding advantage despite similar shooting percentages.
•.Wake Forest missed its first three shots. The remainder of the first period, the Deacons went 15-of-26 (57.7 percent).

AGGRESSIVE PLAY
•.The Demon Deacons held a 12-2 advantage in second-chance points thanks to 13 offensive rebounds.
• Wake Forest was better on the fast break as well, out-scoring Nicholls 12-2 on the run.

BALL DISTRIBUTION
• Out of Wake Forest's 21 field goals, the Demon Deacons assisted on 16 of them. • Wake Forest's 16 assists are the most since also tallying that total at Miami in March, that time on 22 field goals.

ON DECK
• Wake Forest plays its second of three games this week on Wednesday, welcoming Mount St. Mary's to the LJVM Coliseum for a 7 p.m. game.

 

 

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