Seton Hall Rallies to Defeat Wake Forest 71-67
Dec. 8, 2012
By Alex Botoman, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@SIDeacons)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Seton Hall overcame a 14-point second half deficit and retook the lead in the final minute to defeat Wake Forest 71-67 on Saturday at Joel Coliseum.
The Demon Deacons (4-5) had held as much as a 43-29 lead early in the second half but the Pirates (7-2) rallied to take the lead 65-63 with 2:18 remaining. C.J. Harris drilled a three-pointer with 55 seconds on the clock to put Wake Forest back in front 67-65. But a key turnover by the Deacons in the final minute allowed the Pirates to retake the lead for good.
The loss overshadowed a career night for senior C.J. Harris who poured in a career-high 28 points, including seven 3-pointers. The seven threes were the tied for the sixth-most for a Demon Deacon in a single game and were the most since J.T. Terrell hit seven three-pointers against Iowa in November of 2010.
Travis McKie also hit double figures with 16 points in addition to grabbing seven rebounds and recording a career-high four steals. Codi Miller-McIntyre dished out five assists, which equaled his career-high mark.
Fifteen second-half turnovers doomed the Demon Deacons, including five in the final five minutes.
Fuqaun Edwin led the Pirates with 24 points. Eugene Teague scored 19 for Seton Hall, and Brandon Mobley notched a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds.
Seton Hall came out of the gates hot, starting the game on a 9-2 run, but the Demon Deacon offense soon came to life. Wake Forest strung together a 16-3 run, capped off by a fast-break dunk by McKie and a fast-break layup by Arnaud William Adala Moto to make the score 20-14 in Wake Forest's favor.
Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard called timeout to stop the bleeding and the Pirates responded by scoring the next nine points to retake the lead 23-20 with 3:43 left before halftime.
But the Deacons came on strong down the stretch, ending the half on a 10-2 run to hold a 36-27 lead at the break. The late first-half run by the Deacons was led by Harris, who made four 4-pointers over the last 3:32 of the period.
Wake Forest held on to its momentum after halftime, stretching the lead to as many as 13 points at 52-39 on a Harris free throw at the 11:32 mark.
Seton Hall tied the game for the first time in the second half at 63-63 on an Edwin layup with with 2:32 remaining and went in front on their next possession on a Tom Maayan jumper. Harris briefly restored the Deacon lead with his go-ahead 3-pointer to make the score 67-65 in Wake Forest's favor, but Mobley's dunk with 28 seconds left gave Seton Hall a 68-67 advantage that they would not relinquish.