Cornhuskers Down Deacons in ACC/Big Ten Challenge
Nov. 27, 2012
By Alex Botoman, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@SIDeacons)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Nebraska shot 62 percent in the second half to pull away from Wake Forest and post a 79-63 win over the Demon Deacons on Tuesday at Joel Coliseum in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
The Demon Deacons (3-3) led by as many as four points in the first half before the Cornhuskers (5-1) took a 28-24 lead into halftime, but Nebraska came out firing in the second half to put the game away.
Travis McKie scored the 1,000th point of his career on a free throw in the second half and finished with eight points. He is the 23rd player in program history to total both 1,000 points and 500 rebounds and just the fourth in the past 15 seasons joining Darius Songaila, Josh Howard and Eric Williams.
Nebraska's Andre Almeida and Ray Gallegos both scored 20 points to lead all players. Almeida also grabbed 11 rebounds to finish with a double-double.
The Cornhuskers shot 51 percent (29-of-57) from the field in the game and turned the ball over only eight times.
After C.J. Harris scored for the Deacons on the first possession of the game, the Cornhuskers strung together an 8-0 run and would go on to lead by as many as eight points. But Wake Forest answered with a 16-4 run of its own, eight of the points coming from Chase Fischer, to jump into the lead 22-18.
The Cornhuskers rebounded down the stretch of the opening period, finishing the half on a 12-5 run to carry a 28-24 lead into the locker room.
Nebraska carried the momentum into the second half, expanding its lead to as many as nine points in the first five minutes of the period and would not trail the rest of the way.
The Demon Deacons will face their first true road test of the season this weekend when they travel to take on Richmond on Saturday at 6 p.m. in Richmond, Va.