Bench Leads Wake Forest Past Tulane 72-57
Dec. 4, 2013
By Ben Helms, WakeForestSports.com
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Coron Williams scored 18 points, part of the 34 that Wake Forest got from its bench in a 72-57 win over Tulane on Wednesday at Joel Coliseum.
The Demon Deacons (7-2) rode a 14-2 run early in the second half to build a double-digit lead and never looked back. That stretch was paced by six points from Williams and capped off with back-to-back baskets by Arnaud William Adala Moto, who finished the game with a season-high eight points
Williams led Wake Forest in scoring, shooting 4-for-7 on three-pointers in addition to pulling down four rebounds and dishing out a team-leading four assists. With his 18 points tonight, he became the first Wake Forest player to score in double figures off the bench in seven straight games since Ishmael Smith in the 2008-2009 season.
Codi Miller-McIntyre had another solid game all-around, picking apart the Green Wave defense for 12 points and four assists in addition to grabbing six rebounds.
In addition to his eight points off the bench, Adala Moto also grabbed five boards - one of five players to have at least five rebounds. Tyler Cavanaugh finished with 11 points and six rebounds, the third time in the last four games he has scored in double figures.
Andre Washington turned in a solid game, blocking a career-high four shots and putting up five points.
Wake Forest made its living in the lane, scoring 32 points in the paint and recording a season-high nine blocks. The Deacs outrebounded the Green Wave 39-26 and gained a 14-9 edge in points off turnovers.
Tulane (4-5) came on strong to start the the second half, tying the game at 38-38 with 16:20 left in the game before the Deacs took over. Tulane sophomore Louis Dabney scored a game-high 29 points, but it wasn't enough to keep the Green Wave in the game in the second half.
The Deacons will be back in action this Saturday when they host Richmond at 2 p.m. at Joel Coliseum. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3 and can be heard on the Wake Forest IMG Sports Network.