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November 15, 2013

Deacs too much for Presbyterian

Winston-Salem, NC - Codi Miller-McIntyre scored 20 points for the third time this season to lead Wake Forest (3-0) to a 69-48 win over Presbyterian (0-3).

The Demon Deacons received a major lift from Coron Williams, who scored 18 points (6-13 on three-point attempts) off the bench, after going 0-7 from downtown the first two games. Williams had a stretch in the first half where he made a three-pointer three possessions in a row to give Wake a 21-11 lead at the 12:14 mark, which is when the Deacs began to gain control of the game.

"Coron's ability to shoot the ball was put on display tonight, and he gave us a huge, huge lift tonight," Wake Forest head coach Jeff Bzdelik said. "Miles Overton had five assists and no turnovers and was solid in that regard. Andre [Washington], it was great to see him get extended minutes and block three shots and get five rebounds all in 14 minutes."

"Aaron Rountree came up with some timely exciting plays and passes and we got 32 points from our bench. Ten guys played 10 minutes at least each or more and it was a solid win against a very well-coached team."

Devin Thomas battled his way to his second straight double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds to help Wake Forest finish with a commanding 46-29 edge on the boards and outscore PC 30-18 in the paint.

Presbyterian's zone defense and slow tempo on offense kept Wake from getting in to its normal fast-pace style of play in the second half, as the Deacs were held to a meager 27 points in the second half.

The Blue Hose trimmed Wake Forest's 15-point halftime advantage down to 11 before the Demon Deacons ran it back up as high as 29 points lead when Williams made a three-pointer with 6:37 remaining in regulation.

Wake Forest did not score again until Duke Antonelli put-back bucket with 0:25 to go.

"We had some defensive breakdowns and as we go forward in the schedule we can't have those kinds of defensive breakdowns," Bzdelik said. "Defense is a constant. Offensively, you're going to have open shots and you're going to miss, you're going to have free throws and you're going to miss, you're going to throw the ball away."

"That's a variable, but defensively with effort and mentally being engaged there's no skill involved. It's just mental toughness, physical toughness and awareness and anticipation, being in a stance, being alert. We got to have that be a constant for 40-plus minutes, whatever it takes and we had breakdowns in that regard. We want to run we got to get stops, and that culminates with defensive boards."

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