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Second-Half Surge Leads Wake Forest Past St. Bonaventure

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Written By Wake Forest Sports Information Dept.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Devin Thomas, Travis McKie and Codi Miller-McIntyre all scored in double figures after halftime to help Wake Forest turn a 10-point second-half deficit into a 77-62 victory on Tuesday night at the Joel Coliseum.

The win lifts the Demon Deacons to 9-2 on the season and keeps them undefeated at home with an 8-0 record at the Joel. The Bonnies are now 7-4.

Miller-McIntyre scored 10 points in each half to lead all scorers with 20 on the night. Thomas was able to score 15 of his 18 points in the second half, while McKie scored 12 of his 16 after the break. For Miller-McIntyre, this marks the seventh time he has scored 20 or more in a game this season.

As a team, Wake Forest was able to shoot 62.1 percent from the floor in the second half and outscored St. Bonaventure 49-26. Along with the 37 combined second-half points from Miller-McIntyre, Thomas and McKie, Coron Williams scored all eight of his points after the break, including two huge 3-pointers.

The Deacs also dominated on the glass in the second half with a 22-11 rebound advantage, giving them a 42-32 advantage for the game.

St. Bonaventure forced the Deacs into nine first-half turnovers and took an eight-point lead into halftime. The Bonnies then scored the first bucket of the second half to make the score 38-28 with 19:13 remaining in the game. Wake Forest began chipping away at the lead, though, and was able to score five straight points, capped by a McKie layup, to tie the game at 43-43 with 14:54 to go.

The Bonnies pushed the lead back to four at 49-45 and clung to a one-point lead at 51-50, but the Demon Deacons got a layup from Thomas and back-to-back 3-pointers from Williams to make the score 58-51 with 7:46 on the clock.

That eight-point flurry from Thomas and Williams ignited a 27-11 run by the Deacs to end the game, and the Bonnies would get no closer than five points the rest of the way. Williams and McKie each contributed eight points during the final run.

Tyler Cavanaugh also had a solid game for Wake Forest and flirted with a double-double, scoring nine points and grabbing eight rebounds. Madison Jones led the Demon Deacons with six assists, while Thomas and Andre Washington each had three blocks.

Andell Cumberbatch was the only Bonnie in double figures with 19 points, while he also led the team with seven rebounds and six steals.

Wake Forest will next host Triad-rival UNCG on Saturday at 2 p.m. The Demon Deacons have won all seven previous meetings with the Spartans, including an 84-70 win in Greensboro last season.

Wake Forest Sports Information Dept.

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