DURHAM, N.C. - Travis McKie registered 22 points and 11 rebounds for his 14th-career double-double on Saturday, but Wake Forest fell to No.1 Duke 80-62 at Cameron Indoor Stadium to begin ACC play Saturday.
The Demon Deacons (7-6, 0-1 ACC) battled the Blue Devils (14-0, 1-0 ACC) the entire game and ended the first half on an 8-3 run, capped off by a C.J. Harris end-to-end layup at the buzzer, to cut the Devil lead to 41-30 heading into the break.
After Duke came out strong in the second half to lead by as many as 25 points, Wake Forest fought back to get within 13 points towards the end of regulation but could get no closer.
McKie was three points short of his career-high scoring mark as he went 7-11 from the floor and also had two steals and a block. Harris chipped in 19 points and four assists to help fuel the Wake Forest offense.
Devin Thomas grabbed 12 boards to go over the 10-rebound mark for the second game in a row. Wake Forest outrebounded Duke 43-35 in the game while holding an advantage in both defensive (30-25) and offensive (13-10) boards.
Codi Miller-McIntyre had eight points and Arnaud William Adala Moto had six rebounds and four points.
Seth Curry and Ryan Kelly each had 22 points for Duke. Kelly went 5-7 from three point range. Mason Plumlee added 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Blue Devils. Quinn Cook balanced out an 0-for-11 shooting day by dishing out 14 assists to lead all playrs.
Miller-McIntyre began the game with a three pointer at the 18:52 mark, and Wake Forest took an early 7-5 lead with 17:09 left in the half. At the first media timeout, Duke held a 10-7 lead after Ryan Kelly hit a three.
Chase Fischer knocked down a long-range three point shot off a pass from Harris at 13:33 as Wake Forest took a slim 14-13 lead. Duke responded with nine-point run to take a 22-14 advantage heading into the second media timeout.
Down 25-17, McKie converted two free throws with 9:12 remaining to bring the Deacs within six.
McKie registered a dunk at 5:43 off a pass from Devin Thomas to break a 9-0 run from the Blue Devils.
Harris buried a deep jumper with 1:40 left in the half as Wake Forest cut the Duke lead to 13. With time winding down going into halftime and the Blue Devils leading 41-28, Harris went the length of the court to hit a layup as time expired.
Wake Forest continued its streak of ending the first half strong. The Deacs had an 8-3 run to end the half which included four points from Harris and McKie. Harris led the team with nine points in the half while McKie had seven points and five rebounds. Thomas had a team-high six rebounds while Adala Moto tallied five.
Duke controlled the early part of the second half though Miller-McIntyre converted a jumper at 17:31 to make it a 50-34 Duke advantage.
Harris nailed a layup at 14:35 to give him 13 points in the game. Madison Jones put back a missed shot from Miller-McIntyre at 8:14 before McKie drew a foul in the paint as Duke led 67-48. McKie capped off an 8-0 run with two made free throws as Wake Forest trailed by 17.
McKie continued his scoring ways as scored his first three pointer at the 5:17 mark to give him 20 points on the afternoon.
The Deacs narrowed the Blue Devils lead to 13 with 2:13 left in the game though Duke closed out the remaining minutes winning 80-62.
Wake Forest hosts ACC rival Virginia on Wednesday at 9 p.m. in the Joel Coliseum.
Wake Forest Sports Information Dept.