Deacs Come From Behind to Beat Richmond in OT

Dec. 7, 2013

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By Emma Lingan, WakeForestSports.com

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Codi Miller-McIntyre scored 26 points as Wake Forest overcame an 11-point deficit late in the second half to beat Richmond 76-66 in overtime Saturday at Joel Coliseum.

Trailing by double digits, the Demon Deacons (8-2) stopped the Spiders (7-3) on six of their final eight possessions in regulation while they chipped away at the lead themselves. After Richmond's Kendall Anthony missed the front end of a one-and-one with the Spiders leading by five, Travis McKie drilled a 3-pointer to bring the Deacs within two points and Miller-McIntyre made two free throws with seven seconds remaining to tie the score.

The Deacs then went on to score the first eight points of the extra period, helped by 3-pointers by Miller-McIntyre and Coron Williams and converted seven of their 10 overtime free throw attempts to prevent the Spiders from getting back in the game.

Miller-McIntyre crossed the 20-point threshold for the sixth time this season with his 26 points tying his career-high set earlier in the year against Kansas. The sophomore guard also dished out four assists to lead the Deacons.

Devin Thomas notched his fourth double-double of the season, scoring 11 points and pulling down 19 rebounds - the most for a Demon Deacon in a game since Al-Farouq Aminu grabbed 20 against William & Mary in 2009.

Tyler Cavanaugh turned in one of his best games, scoring 15 points and grabbing nine rebounds - both career highs.

Wake Forest shot a season-high 75 percent (21-of-28) from the free throw line. It was the Demon Deacons' first overtime game since beating Texas in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament.

The teams traded the lead six times and combined for a total of 18 turnovers in a sloppy first half during which neither team led by more than four points.

Wake Forest went on a 5-0 run to take lead with under 10 minutes remaining in the half, but two straight 3-pointers by Kendall Anthony gave the Spiders gave the Spiders the 29-26 lead with under three minutes left in the half. Travis McKie drained a three-pointer of his own and blocked a would-be layup to put the Deacons up 31-30 with 20 seconds remaining, but a last-minute jumper by Cedrick Lindsay allowed the Spiders to take a 32-31 lead into halftime.

Richmond burst out of the locker room in the second half on 7-0 run, but the Deacons answered in big way. A layup from Thomas sparked a 6-0 run that brought the Deacons within two points of the Spiders, 41-39, at the 12:55 mark.

Richmond responded, going on a 10-2 run midway through half to take their largest lead of the game at 12 points. Wake Forest dug in defensively and slowly closed the gap before tying the score with seven seconds left.

The Deacons carried momentum into overtime with an 8-0 run, keeping the Spiders scoreless in the period until the 2:21 mark. Miller-McIntyre dunked on the fast break with under a minute left to shut down the Spiders for good, making the final score 76-66.

After taking a break next week for exams, the Demon Deacons will return to action on Tuesday, Dec. 17, when they host St. Bonaventure at 7 p.m. on ESPN3.

 

 

 

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