Late Charge Falls Short as Deacons Fall 79-78 to Miami

Jan. 24, 2013

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By Currie McFayden, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@BabySIDeacs)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Miami scored a lay-in with five seconds remaining to steal a 79-78 victory from Wake Forest Thursday evening at the Joel Coliseum.

There were four lead changes in a wild final 42 seconds of the contest, the first coming on Chelsea Douglas's three-pointer. Miami responded with a quick jump shot, but Mykala Walker put the Deacs back on top with a layup with 19 seconds on the clock. Suriya McGuire scored the decisive basket for the Hurricanes on a layup with five seconds to play.

Douglas led all scorers with 19 points, and was joined in double figures by Lakevia Boykin (16) and Walker, who scored all 15 of her points in the second half. Sandra Garcia led all players with eight rebounds.

Wake Forest shot 47.7 percent (31-of-65) for the game including 8-of-16 (50.0 percent) from three-point range. The Deacs also dominated the boards, notching 35 rebounds, 19 of which came on the offensive end, compared to only 23 for the Hurricanes.

McGuire led Miami in scoring with 17 points, and Shawnice Wilson (14), Stefanie Yderstrom (12) and Morgan Stroman (10) joined her in double figures.

Miami grabbed the early lead, taking control with an 8-0 run after Wake's first basket. Yderstrom keyed the run with four points, including a pair of free throws that capped the run, giving the Hurricanes an 8-2 advantage with 17:10 to play in the half.

The Deacs surged back over the next few minutes, though. Buoyed by a 9-2 run and five points from Boykin, Wake closed the gap to just three points, 20-17, at the 11:24 mark.

Both sides traded baskets over the next three minutes, but a wide-open three-pointer by Douglas from the right side with 8:34 remaining tied the game at 26-26. Asia Williams set up the play with a strong drive into the lane before kicking a pass out to Douglas for the great look.

Wake briefly grabbed a 29-28 lead following a Lindsy Wright free throw at 7:29, but the Hurricanes responded with a quick spurt of four unanswered points to rebuild their advantage. Miami would maintain that lead over the remainder of the half, taking a 42-37 lead into the locker room.

Over the first eight minutes of the game, the Hurricanes knocked down nine of their first 10 shots, and finished the first half shooting a strong 17-of-27 (63.0 percent). The Demon Deacons kept themselves in the game by shooting 4-of-10 (40.0 percent) from behind the arc in the half.

Leading by just two points, 45-43, two minutes into the second half, Miami rattled off a 6-0 run to create its biggest lead since being up 20-12 at the 12:36 mark in the first half. Two baskets from Boykin and Walker got the Deacs right back into the game, however.

Miami picked up the momentum at the right time, going on a 14-5 run over a six minute span midway through the half to move back in front by double digits, 65-52. Wake Forest fought back yet again, though, and cut the lead down to single digits after a layup by Walker.

Just when it looked like the Hurricanes might put the game away, the Demon Deacons came roaring back. On the strength of an 11-2 run with six points from Walker, the Deacs slashed Miami's lead to just four, 67-63, with just over six minutes remaining.

A three-point play by Walker and a sharp shot from behind the arc by Douglas delivered the first tie of the contest since it had been 35-35 with 2:50 left in the first half. Miami's McGuire drained two free throws to give the Hurricanes a 71-69 lead entering the final TV timeout.

Wake Forest seized its first lead of the second half, 76-75, on Douglas's three-pointer with 42 seconds left, but McGuire put the Hurricanes back on top with a jumper just 10 seconds later. Walker snatched the lead once again for the Deacs on a layup with 19 seconds to play, but McGuire responded with a layup to put Miami back in front, 79-78, with just five seconds on the clock to seal the victory.

Wake Forest will remain at home for its next contest against Virginia on Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. The Deacs dropped their lone meeting with the Cavaliers last season in a 61-55 setback on the road in Charlottesville. The game can be seen live on WakeForestSports.com.

 

 

 

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