No. 2 Kansas Holds Off Wake Forest 87-78
Nov. 28, 2013
By Alex Botoman, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@TieDyeNation)
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas, - Codi Miller-McIntyre scored a career-high 26 points as Wake Forest pushed No. 2 Kansas to the wire but came up just short in an 87-78 loss to the Jayhawks on Thursday at the Battle 4 Atlantis at Atlantis, Paradise Island resort in the Bahamas.
Thanks to three-straight jumpers by Miller-McIntyre, two of them from beyond the arc, Wake Forest (5-1) cut the Kansas (5-0) lead to five points with less than a minute remaining, but the Jayhawks made their free throws down the stretch to pull out the win.
Miller-McIntyre's 26 points came on an impressive 10-of-16 shooting. The sophomore guard also dished out four assists without turning the ball over and pulled down three rebounds.
The difference in the game came at the free throw line where the Deacons went only 18-for-29 while the Jayhawks converted on 26-of-38 attempts.
Both teams posted an almost identical percentage from the field with Wake Forest shooting 46.6 percent and Kansas 46.8 percent, but the Deacons stayed in the game by connecting from distance, going 8-of-19 on 3-point attempts while holding the Jayhawks to 3-of-15 from deep.
Freshman Andrew Wiggins came alive in the second half to lead the Jayhawks with 17 points. Frank Mason (13) and Joel Embiid (10) also scored in double figures for Kansas.
Foul trouble plagued Wake Forest in the game, especially inside. Arnaud William Adala Moto fouled out of the contest while Devin Thomas was ejected from the game in the second half after receiving his second technical foul. Tyler Cavanaugh was also called for four fouls.
The two teams traded the lead over the first four minutes of the game before a 15-2 Kansas gave the Jayhawks a 24-13 lead midway through the opening period. The Jayhawks led by as many as 16 points in the first half before Miller-McIntyre's layup at the buzzer cut the lead to 40-26 at halftime.
Wake Forest came out of the locker room strong, exploding for an 11-2 run in the opening minutes of the second half to cut the Jayhawk advantage to four points at 46-42 at the 14:11 mark.
After the Jayhawks again pushed the lead to double digits, the Deacons made a late burst as Miller-McIntyre scored all seven points in a 9-4 run that cut the advantage to 79-74 with less than a minute remaining. But Kansas made six of its seven free throws in the final minute to prevent Wake Forest from completing the comeback.
The Demon Deacons will continue play in the tournament tomorrow against USC at 3:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast on AXS TV and can be heard on the Wake Forest IMG Sports Network.