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November 21, 2013

Deacs blow out Bulldogs

Winston-Salem, NC - Tyler Cavanaugh's buzzer-beating three-pointer gave Wake Forest (5-0) a boost in momentum and a 34-27 halftime lead on its way to an 82-54 win over The Citadel (2-4) in the stateside game of the Battle 4 Atlantis before its Thanksgiving Day meeting with No. 2 Kansas in the Bahamas.

The Bulldogs trailed 47-38 at the 14:23 mark in second half when the Deacs began to engineer a 28-9 run to build its lead to 75-47 with 4:16 remaining in regulation.

"We were a little slow getting out of the gate," Wake Forest head coach Jeff Bzdelik said. "A lot of missed layups and missed free throws. At times, we had poor defensive positioning, but we battled through it."

"There were also a lot of good things that we did. We had a really good second half in terms of our focus, energy, and focus on detail."

Wake continued its hot shooting from the outside, making 9-18 three-point attempts. Coron Williams was catalyst in that category, connecting on 4-7 shots from behind the arc to finish with 12 points.

"They went into that zone," Williams said. "I was finding gaps and guys were finding me. I was able to make some shots."

Williams led a balanced effort with Devin Thomas (11 points) and Travis McKie (10 points) also reaching double figures, while Wake Forest had 10 guys play 12 minutes or more.

McKie scored six of Wake Forest's first nine points of the second half, and also finished with a stat-stuffing five blocks, four assists and four steals and without turnover to give the Demon Deacons some much-needed energy following the intermission.

"We struggled offensively in the first half and it was a close game," McKie said. "In the second half we wanted to come out and [get] a great start and put the first half behind us. We made a run in the second half and we were able to sustain it."

Observations …

--- Wake again had the advantage inside with 45-34 edge in rebounds, and outscored The Citadel 34-20 in the paint.

--- Codi Miller-McIntyre failed to reach 20 points for the first time this season, but still impacted the game in a dramatic way. He scored nine points and dished out eight assists to one turnover.

--- The Deacs balanced effort extended deep into its reserves, as their bench outscored The Citadel's 41-14.


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