Wake Forest 63, William & Mary 57

C.J. Harris scored eight of his 18 points in the final 11/2

minutes, and Wake Forest rallied to beat William & Mary 63-57

on Friday night.

Travis McKie added 15 points for the Demon Deacons (3-2). They

trailed by 13 in the first half before shooting 52 percent (11 of

21) in the second half while holding the Tribe to one field goal

during a critical 8 minutes down the stretch.

Marcus Thornton scored 17 points for William & Mary (3-2).

Tim Rusthoven added 11, and his layup with 91/2 minutes left put

the Tribe up 47-46. But William & Mary managed just three field

goals the rest of the way, missing 11 of 12 from 3-point range

before Thornton hit a contested 3 with 41/2 minutes left.

Harris was 6 for 6 from the free-throw line in the final 90

seconds and hit a layup to help the Demon Deacons pull away and

avoid their second home loss to William & Mary in four

seasons.

The Tribe shot 41 percent (21 of 51) and finished 4 of 18 from

3-point range in losing their second straight.

They were denied their sixth victory on an Atlantic Coast

Conference team’s home floor – even though, for much of the game,

it sure looked like they were going to get it.

William & Mary led for most of the first half and pushed its

lead into double figures about 71/2 minutes in when Fred Heldring

capped a 15-2 run with a three-point play that made it 17-5. The

Tribe stretched their lead to 24-11 on Rusthoven’s free throw with

8:14 left.

The Demon Deacons dug themselves out of their big hole by

starting the second half with a 16-9 run. McKie capped the spurt

with a 3-pointer with just under 14 minutes left that tied it at 39

– the first time since the opening minutes that Wake Forest wasn’t

trailing.

Chase Fischer gave the Demon Deacons their first lead of the

half when his layup at the 10-minute mark made it 46-45, and

Madison Jones’ layup three possessions later put the Demon Deacons

ahead to stay at 48-47