Wake Forest Shoots By High Point 71-60
Dec. 5, 2012
By Alex Botoman, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@SIDeacons)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Chase Fischer came alive from behind the arc, knocking down five three-pointers for a career-high 15 points to lead Wake Forest to a 71-60 win over High Point on Wednesday at Joel Coliseum.
The Demon Deacons (4-4) held a two-point lead at the halftime break but pulled away from the Panthers (4-4) in the second half thanks to a 50-percent second-half shooting mark, including 5-of-8 from three-point range.
"This was a really solid team effort, where we had a lot of contributions from a lot of guys in a very positive way," said head coach Jeff Bzdelik. "Four guys in double digits, Travis right there almost with a double-double, Codi with eight points; it was just a solid team effort. We're working hard to get better and we're pleased with this effort."
Joining Fischer in double figures were Tyler Cavanaugh, who finished with 11 points and five rebounds - both career highs, and Aaron Rountree III, who filled the stat sheet with 11 points, three steals, two assists and two blocks. Rountree, who went 4-for-4 from the field against the Panthers, has now made 10 of his last 11 field goals spanning the last three games.
"If you take a young man like Aaron, who wasn't getting a lot of minutes early on this season, he's been coming in on a daily basis to watch film and take some extra shots with the coaching staff," said Bzdelik. "He's constantly working; any kind of volunteer lift that we have, he's there. It's not by accident that he's playing very well right now."
High Point's John Brown led all players with 27 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks.
Fischer drained a three-pointer on Wake Forest's first possession of the game, and Codi Miller-McIntyre knocked down a couple free throws two minutes later to make the Demon Deacons' lead 5-2.
Rountree checked into the game at the 15:04 mark of the first half and made an immediate impact, forcing a steal that lead to his own fast-break dunk to put the Deacons up 9-8. A few plays later he came up big on defense when he blocked Weary's layup from behind on a fast break.
The two sides traded buckets through the middle of the opening period. High Point jumped in front 13-11, but the Deacons followed with a 9-1 run, capped off by a Miller-McIntyre fastbreak layup, to take their biggest lead of the half 20-14.
The Panther fought back to again tie the score at 22-22 with 5:06 remaining in the first half, but Wake Forest answered immediately to get back in front 28-23.
High Point came on strong down the stretch of the first half as Allen Chaney connected from distance to put the Panthers ahead 29-28 at the 1:24 mark. But Fischer knocked down a long three-pointer over a defender as the shot clock expired to with seven seconds left in the period to send the Deacons into the locker room with a 31-29 lead.
Brown scored High Point's first eight points of the second half, briefly putting the Panthers in front 35-34. But the Deacons caught fire from distance as Fischer made two straight threes and Roundtree and Tyler Cavanaugh both hit from behind the arc to give Wake Forest a six-point lead at 48-42 with 12:06 remaining.
The Deacons kept their foot on the accelerator and pushed the lead to as many as nine points at 57-48 on a Travis McKie three-point play at the 8:03 mark.
The Panthers got as close as five points on dunk by Brown with five minutes less but were unable to cut further into the Wake Forest lead.
The Demon Deacons will continue their homestand on Saturday when they host Seton Hall at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3 and can be heard on the Wake Forest IMG Sports Network.