Offense Explodes in 109-80 Victory over Army
Dec. 8, 2017

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By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeMBB)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Wake Forest offense came to life in a 109-80 victory over Army West Point in the first-ever meeting between the teams Friday evening at the LJVM Coliseum.

The Demon Deacons (6-4) have now won five consecutive contests, matching the longest win streak in the Danny Manning era.

Friday's contest also marked the first time this season that the Deacons' hit the century mark with 109 points. It was one point shy of the highest scoring game of the Manning era, when the Deacs scored 110 on LSU last season.

Doral Moore recorded a career-high 20 points on a 9-for-10 performance from the field, replacing his previous best of 19 against Boston College in 2016. It was Moore's first career 20-point game and second double-double of his career, as he also had 11 rebounds.

Six Demon Deacons finished in double figures, led by Keyshawn Woods with 22 points. Brandon Childress scored a career high 17 points while Mitchell Wilbekin matched a career high with 17. Terrence Thompson recorded 12 points, his highest total in a Wake Forest uniform. Bryant Crawford capped the double digits with 11 points, his 35th consecutive double-figure game. The last time six Deacons, and all five starters, recorded double-digits was against LSU last season.

After the Black Knights (5-4) held an early lead, the Demon Deacons used an 11-0 run in the first half to build up a double-digit advantage. The Deacons shot a season-high 63 percent from the field in the opening half to take a 14-point lead with two minutes to go. The Deacs would eventually take a 50-40 advantage into halftime, the 50 points marking the most in any half this season.

Moore finished with 13 points in the opening frame on 6-for-6 shooting from the floor. Crawford also recorded double-digits in the first half with 11 points on 4-for-6 shooting.

In the second half, the Black Knights steadily cut the Deacs' lead to just five with just over 11 minutes remaining in the contest. Wake Forest capitalized on a three-minute scoring drought by Army to regain an eight-point lead. However, it was a 14-0 run by the Deacons that once again gave them a double-digit lead and put the game out of reach for the Black Knights.

As a team, the Deacons shot 58.0 percent from the field, 42.1 percent from the arc and 87.5 from the charity stripe. That marks the third time this season the Deacs have recorded a 50-40-75 game. The Deacs have finished 50 percent or higher from the field in the past five games, the longest streak within one season since a six-game stretch in 1992-93.

Aaron Spivey recorded his first career basket while Troy Rike matched a career high with two points.

Up next, the Demon Deacons will take a break for finals before heading to Coastal Carolina for a Dec. 18 matchup. Tip in Conway, South Carolina is set for 7 p.m.

CRAWFORD KEEPS CLIMBING
-With his 11 points tonight, Bryant Crawford has now recorded 1,105 career points.
-He moves up to 41st all-time, surpassing Trelonnie Owens (1,104) and nine points behind Ish Smith (1,114).
-Crawford also recorded nine assists to move up to 12th in career assists with 363.

BACK IN THE WIN COLUMN
-Of the 43 teams to start the season 0-3, Wake Forest is one of four to currently have a winning record.
-Wright State, Robert Morris and Central Connecticut are the other three schools.

DEACS STAY HOT
-During Wake Forest's five game winning streak, the Deacs are shooting 54.8 percent from the floor, 43.7 percent from 3-point range and 74.8 percent from the line.

PASSING THE ROCK
-Wake Forest had a season-high 21 assists.
- Bryant Crawford matched a season high with nine assists and Brandon Childress was one shy of a career high with eight assists.

 

 

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