Deacons Dominate Charlotte, 80-57
Dec. 5, 2017

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By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeMBB)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Wake Forest men's basketball cruised past Charlotte, 80-57, Tuesday evening at the Halton Arena in the Demon Deacons' first true road game of the season.

The 23-point victory was the largest victory on the road for the Demon Deacons (5-4) in the Danny Manning era, replacing the previous high of 22 at Tulane on Nov. 17, 2014.

Wake Forest improves to 7-2 all-time against Charlotte (3-5) and is now 1-0 in Halton Arena. The victory was the first against Charlotte on the road since a narrow 68-67 victory during the 1985-86 season.

Bryant Crawford finished with a game-high 17 points, his 34th consecutive double-digit game. In his first game at Halton as a visitor, former 49er Keyshawn Woods finished with 15 points.

The Demon Deacons opened Tuesday's contest with a 5-0 run before the 49ers managed to tie the score. After trading baskets, the Deacs went on a season-best 14-0 run to build up a 34-16 lead with under nine minutes to go. From there, the Deacons continued to climb, building a 24-point lead with just over four minutes left in the half. Wake Forest cruised through the remainder of the first half, taking a 49-27 lead into halftime. Their 49 first-half points were the most scored in any half this season.

Crawford finished the opening frame with 15 points on 6-for-7 shooting, including a 3-for-4 mark from the arc. The Deacons would go 9-for-15 from behind the 3-point line as a team, the most 3-pointers in a half since shooting 11-for-14 in the second half against LSU last season.

The Deacons picked up where they left off in the second half, shooting 70 percent from the field en route to a 33-point lead, their largest advantage over any team this season, with 12 minutes to go. Wake Forest continued to outshoot the 49ers, easily taking the 80-57 victory.

As a team, the Demon Deacons combined for 13 steals, the most by the Deacs since also recording 13 steals against Minnesota on Dec. 2, 2014.

The Deacs recorded a season-high 44 points off the bench, led by Woods with 15. Brandon Childress finished with nine points while Olivier Sarr and Sunday Okeke totaled career highs with seven and five points, respectively. Melo Eggleston had four points, Donovan Mitchell finished with two and Sam Japhet-Mathias recorded his first basket of the season for two points as well.

Up next, the Demon Deacons return to LJVM Coliseum to face Army West Point on Friday, Dec. 8. Tip is set for 7 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra.

-Wake Forest has won four consecutive games to move to 5-4 on the season.
-The Demon Deacons are shooting 53.7 percent from the field during the winning streak.

-Wake Forest is now 4-0 in road openers in the Danny Manning era. The Deacs won at Tulane in 2014-15, at Bucknell in 2015-16 and at College of Charleston in 2016-17.
-The Demon Deacons also improved to 9-3 in non-conference true road games under Manning.

-Freshman Olivier Sarr recorded a career-high seven points and a team-leading seven rebounds.
-Sarr also recorded his first career three-pointer early in the first half.



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