Blog: Aggressive Wake Forest tops Tar Heels
Posted January 5
Winston-Salem, N.C. — FINAL: Wake Forest 73, UNC 67
Wake Forest beat the Tar Heels for their 11th win of the season, stayed perfect at home and assured that the three Triangle teams went 0-3 in the first weekend of ACC play.
Marcus Paige fouled out with 49 seconds to play. He had 8 points on 3-for-12 shooting.
2:00 2nd, Wake Forest 64, UNC 61: Marcus Paige's three pointer – his first in nine attempts – pulls the Tar heels to within five. J.P. Tokoto follows up with a jam and UNC is within a possession.
5:00 2nd, Wake Forest 59, UNC 50: Leslie McDonald, on the ground gathering up a ball, was jumped on by a Wake Forest player and when he reacted with an elbow earned a technical foul for his effort.
8:00 2nd: Wake Forest 56, UNC 44: Carolina continued to foul and to fail to make shots, allowing Wake Forest to extend their lead into double digits.
Leslie McDonald got backed into teammate James Michael McAdoo and took an elbow to the kidneys. He laid on the floor for awhile and exited the game at the 11-minute mark. He would return after about 90 seconds.
12:30 2nd, Wake Forest 48, UNC 40: Wake Forest extended their lead to nine points, their largest margin of the night..
15:30 2nd: UNC 38, Wake Forest 38: The sound of iron resounded through the early part of the second half as neither team could sink the long shot. The Tar Heels have just 1 three; Wake Forest has 2.
North Carolina has turned the ball over ten times, twice as many as the Demon Deacons.
Half, Wake Forest 34, UNC 32: Both teams were in the bonus when Brice Johnson fouled Wake's Tyler Cavanaugh, giving him an opportunity to take three free throws. Johnson was leading UNC with 8 points including a dunk before he took a seat for the final minute of the half.
3:00 1st, Wake Forest 31, UNC 29: North Carolina is out-rebounding Wake Forest and the Deacs have failed to capitalize from the free throw line. Despite those two disadvantages, Wake Forest hung around, holding a two-point lead as the half wound down.
James Michael McAdoo earned his third foul and a seat on the bench with 5:56 to go in the first. J.P. Tokoto joined him with a third foul at the 4-minute mark.
8:00 1st, UNC 23, Wake Forest 21: Leslie McDonald came off the bench for five points, but a nip-and-tuck game has kept UNC and the Demon Deacons pacing back and forth to the foul line. Each team has 7 fouls.
9:20 1st, Wake Forest 21, UNC 20: Wake Forest's crowd awoke after Coron Williams sank a big three to close the gap to a single point for Carolina.
UNC has used the second-chance shot, pulling down 7 rebounds to keep the offense rolling.
Wake Forest varied the defensive sets in an attempt to keep the Heels off balance.
11:50, 1st: UNC 19, Wake Forest 12: James Michael McAdoo leads the Tar Heels with five points, four of them from the foul line.
Marcus Paige's pass across to Brice Johnson on an alley-oop slam provoked a loud cheer from the crowd. Tar Heel blue is prevalent in Wake Forest tonight.
15:30 1st: UNC 12, Wake Forest 7: North Carolina proved able to penetrate against Wake Forest, with 5 players sinking 5 of 5 shots in the early going.
Carolina gave up early points not on defense but on fouls. The first points of the game came from the free throw line, where Codi Miller-McIntyre sank one of two for the home team. The Deacs Tyler Cavanaugh added two from the stripe before the home team scored from the field.
DATE & TIME: Sunday, January 5, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
FACTS & STATS: Site: LJVM Coliseum (14,665) -- Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Television: ESPN U. Home Record: UNC 7-2, Wake Forest 9-0. Away Record: UNC 1-1, Wake Forest 0-1. Neutral Record: UNC 2-0, Wake Forest 1-2. Conference Record: UNC 0-0, Wake Forest 0-0. Series Record: North Carolina leads, 155-65.
GAME NOTES: A pair of 10-3 teams will face off at the LJVM Coliseum on Sunday night, as the Wake Forest Demon Deacons play host to the 19th-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for each side.
UNC has made a splash on the national radar this season with one of the country's most impressive resumes, having already defeated Louisville (93-84), Michigan State (79-65) and Kentucky (82-77), three nationally-ranked teams with a combined six losses coming into the weekend. The Tar Heels are currently winners of three straight, most recently downing UNC Wilmington at home last Tuesday, 84-51.
Wake Forest has been impressive in its own right this season, especially at LJVM Coliseum, where it has gone unbeaten in nine outings. The Deacons had been winners of four in a row prior to facing off with Xavier on the road on Dec. 28, when they came away with a 68-53 setback.
After 220 all-time meetings between these intrastate rivals, UNC holds a comfortable 155-65 advantage over Wake Forest. The Tar Heels took last season's matchup in Chapel Hill, 87-62.
The Tar Heels' most recent contest was never in question, as they outshot UNCG from the field, 52.3 percent to 31.1 percent, on their way to the 33-point victory. James Michael McAdoo was the catalyst in the easy win, shooting 11- of-14 from the floor on his way to 23 points while collecting 10 rebounds for good measure. Marcus Paige scored 15 points and swiped three steals, while Leslie McDonald and Brice Johnson each contributed 14 points off the bench.
UNC has grown accustomed to these types of well-rounded efforts this season, as it shoots 47.4 percent from the field for 80.1 ppg, while allowing just 68.5 ppg on 37.9 percent shooting. It also consistently comes out ahead in the rebounding (+5.5) and turnover (+2.7) battles. Paige has been outstanding in his sophomore season, scoring 18.4 ppg, while sporting a nearly flawless free- throw percentage (64-of-69). McAdoo (14.7 ppg, 5.9 rpg), Johnson (11.4 ppg, 6.7 rpg) and J.P. Tokoto (10.2 ppg, 5.5 rpg) are all important factors down low, while McDonald (12.3 ppg) has been an asset in his four games since returning from suspension.
The Deacons had an uncharacteristically poor showing in their most recent contest, as they shot just 35.8 percent from the field and 47.6 percent from the free-throw line in the 15-point defeat at the hands of Xavier. With just 53 points, it was their worst offensive performance of the season, which spoiled a solid effort on the defensive end of the floor, as they held Xavier to under 40 percent shooting. Codi Miller-McIntyre netted 11 points to lead the way, while Coron Williams chipped in with 10.
The performance was an exception rather than the rule for Wake Forest this season, as it scores 75.6 points per game (for a +8.7 scoring margin) on 45 percent efficiency from the field, while also proving to be an outstanding rebounding club, grabbing 42.8 per game for a +7.3 margin. Miller-McIntyre is the unquestioned go-to performer, pouring in 17.0 ppg. Devin Thomas (11.5 ppg, 9.3 rpg) is a nightly double-double threat, while Travis McKie and Williams each score 10.4 ppg.
Wake Forest's dominance at home cannot be overlooked, and while UNC has been impressive this season, it is far from infallible. Still, the Tar Heels have made a habit of stepping up in big spots this season and is more than capable of capturing a strong road win here to open up 1-0 in the ACC.