Stetson 89, Wake Forest 79
Ridge Graham had 21 points and 12 rebounds, and Stetson beat
Wake Forest 89-79 on Friday night to spoil Jeff Bzdelik’s coaching
debut with the Demon Deacons.
Tyshawn Patterson scored 20 points and Joel Naburgs added 16 for
the Hatters (1-0). They led by 19 and never trailed in the second
half in their first win over an Atlantic Coast Conference team
J.T. Terrell, one of five freshmen on the roster, had 26 points
and Ari Stewart added 15 points and 10 rebounds for Wake
The Demon Deacons fell to 19-2 against current members of the
Atlantic Sun Conference and lost an opener at the Joel Coliseum for
the first time since the building opened in 1989.
Freshman Travis McKie had 10 before fouling out with 56.2
seconds left for Wake Forest, which had been 42-5 on its home floor
since the start of the 2007-08 season.
Bzdelik, who was hired from Colorado in April following the
firing of Dino Gaudio, became the first coach since Jack McCloskey
in 1966 to lose his debut with the Demon Deacons.
His debut with a young roster was marked by questionable shot
selection, carelessness with the ball and a lack of rebounding
presence. Wake Forest was held to one field goal during an 8
1/2-minute stretch of the second half, turned it over 17 times and
was outrebounded 45-33.
Aaron Graham scored 11 points for Stetson, which took its first
double-figure lead with 13 minutes left when Luis Jacobo’s short
jumper made it 57-46.
The Hatters faced only one deficit of consequence in the first
half, trailing 31-24 with about 4 minutes left, but dug out of that
hole with a 21-7 run that spanned halftime.
Patterson capped that burst with a bank shot that put the
Hatters up 45-38 with 17 1/2 minutes remaining. He later gave
Stetson its largest lead with a layup in transition that made it
75-56 with 4 1/2 minutes left. By then, Stetson was on its way to
its first victory over an ACC team since topping Virginia 78-76 on
Jan. 5, 1974.
Neither team had much returning experience. Stetson, which
started three sophomores and a freshman, had a combined nine
seasons of experience on its roster. Guard C.J. Harris is the lone
returning starter for a Wake Forest team that reached the second
round of the NCAA tournament, and half the 10 scholarship players
on the roster are freshmen.