Wake Forest 73, North Carolina 67
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[January 06, 2014]
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Wake Forest 73, No. 19 North
Carolina 67: Travis McKie scored 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting and Codi
Miller-McIntyre contributed 12 points as the Demon Deacons held off the
visiting Tar Heels in the ACC opener for both teams.
Despite terrible shooting from 3-point range and the foul line,
Wake Forest (11-3, 1-0) got the marquee win that it needed after
losing to its three toughest opponents — Kansas, Tennessee and
Xavier — over the first two months of the season. The Demon Deacons
made just two of their 12 3-point attempts and struggled to a
19-of-33 performance from the stripe.
North Carolina (10-4, 0-1) watched its three-game winning streak
come to an end despite 22 offensive rebounds and a 53-34 overall
advantage on the glass. James Michael McAdoo scored 13 points, J.P.
Tokoto had 12 points and nine boards and Brice Johnson chipped in 10
points for the Tar Heels, who committed 17 turnovers and shot just
2-of-15 from beyond the arc.
The Tar Heels originally led 19-12 before the Demon Deacons
unleashed a 9-1 run to take the lead en route to a 34-32 edge at
intermission. The game remained close until Wake Forest turned a
38-38 tie into a 53-40 advantage over a 5 1/2-minute stretch of the
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North Carolina slowly chipped away before a quick 7-0 run
drew the visitors within 64-61 with two minutes left. The Tar
Heels came up empty on their next two possessions and McKie's
three-point play in transition put Wake Forest back in control.
GAME NOTEBOOK: North Carolina limited Wake Forest to only one
field goal in the final 5 1/2 minutes of the first half while
the Tar Heels only made one basket in the final four minutes of
the opening half. ... The Tar Heels did not have a player reach
double figures until Johnson's dunk gave him 10 points with
about eight minutes remaining. ... Demon Deacons F
Arnaud-William Adala Moto contributed 11 points and nine
rebounds, while F Devin Thomas posted nine and nine.
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