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