Gameday Central: Wake Forest vs. VMI
Nov. 11, 2013
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Wake Forest Hosts VMI in Inaugural Lawrence Joel Classic
Wake Forest will host VMI in the inaugural Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Classic on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the LJVM Coliseum.
The Deacons will honor the Lawrence Joel family at Tuesday's game and also provide free tickets to all active and veteran military personnel and their families.
Last Time Out
Wake Forest is coming off an 89-78 season-opening win over Colgate last Friday in Winston-Salem. The Deacons shot 51.7 percent in the second half to battle back from a 40-38 halftime deficit.
Codi Miller-McIntyre sparked the second-half assault, scoring 14 straight at one point for the Deacons. Miller-McIntyre tied his career-highs with 21 points and seven rebounds while also leading the team with four assists.
Devin Thomas scored a game-high 23 points on 11-of-15 shooting to go with six rebounds. Thomas set a career-high for field goals made.
Travis McKie turned in 14 points and seven rebounds, while Madison Jones had eight points, three assists and two steals on the night.
Wake Forest Storylines
Wake Forest will honor the Lawrence Joel family on Tuesday and will also recognize members of the Wounded Warrior Project and the Purple Heart Foundation during the game. Joel, a medic during the Korean and Vietnam Wars, was awarded the Medal of Honor and the Silver Star for his heroism in a battle with the Viet Cong on Nov. 8, 1965.
Travis McKie continues to climb the Wake Forest career charts, ranking 23rd all-time in scoring (1,348) and 18th in rebounding (687). McKie is trying to become just the 10th player in school history with at least 1,400 points and 700 rebounds in a career.
VMI is 2-0 on the season after winning the All-Military Classic this past weekend in Lexington, Va. The Keydets beat The Citadel 82-71 in the first round and then defeated Air Force 71-63 in the championship game.
The Keydets return eight letterwinners, including three starters, from last year's squad that finished 14-17 overall and 8-8 in Big South play.
Wake Forest leads the all-time series with VMI 18-4. Former Southern Conference rivals, the Deacons and Keydets last met on the hardwood during the 1998-99 season.
The Deacons have won 14 straight over the Keydets since 1942, including a 75-61 in the last meeting on Nov. 30, 1998, at the LJVM Coliseum.
Wake Forest went 8-1 vs. VMI from 1939-51 when the teams were both members of the Southern Conference.
Wake Forest will host Presbyterian on Friday at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast online on ESPN3.
The Deacs will host two games next week, as Wake Forest welcomes in Jacksonville on Monday, Nov. 18, and The Citadel on Thursday, Nov. 21.
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