Terry leads 23rd-ranked Tar Heels past Demon Deacons
=== Terry leads 23rd-ranked Tar Heels past Demon Deacons ===
Winston-Salem, NC (Sports Network) – Reyshawn Terry scored 24 points as the
23rd-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels stepped up their defensive pressure in
the second half to defeat the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, 83-72, at the
Lawrence Joel Coliseum.
Tyler Hansbrough had 17 points and six rebounds for the Tar Heels (17-6, 8-4
ACC), who won for the sixth time in their last seven games. David Noel added
13 points in the win.
Justin Gray paced the Demon Deacons (13-13, 1-11) with 20 points and six
assists. Eric Williams recorded 19 points and eight rebounds, while Michael
Drum scored 10.
Wake Forest lost for the eighth time in its last nine games.
Trailing by five three minutes into the second half, North Carolina came
alive, going on a 9-1 run over the next six minutes to take the lead, 56-53.
Noel nailed a three-pointer to cap the run and give the Tar Heels their first
lead of the second half.
With about eight minutes left in the game, Wake Forest got to within two,
61-59, after a Harvey Hale jumper. North Carolina once again had an answer
for the Demon Deacons, using an 8-0 run over the next three minutes to take a
10-point advantage, 69-59, with less than six minutes left to play. Wake would
get no closer than eight the rest of the way.
The first half was a highly contested affair, with the teams exchanging the
lead seven times. Trailing by two, 27-25, with about eight minutes left
before halftime, the Tar Heels went on a 9-2 run to take a five-point
advantage, 34-29. The brief spurt was capped by a Wes Miller three-pointer.
Wake Forest responded by scoring the next four points and then later tied the
game off a Gray three-pointer, 36-36, with just over three minutes left.
After a Hansbrough free-throw gave the Tar Heels a brief lead, 37-36, Wake
Forest closed the half out with an 8-2 run to grab a five point lead at the
break, 44-39. Gray lead the Demon Deacons during the run, draining two three-
pointers, including one right before time expired.
Hale finished with three points and three rebounds off the bench for Wake
Forest…Miller tallied six points in 23 minutes of action for the Tar
Heels…The Demon Deacons wore throwback uniforms to honor Wake Forest’s 1962
Final Four team. The uniforms are part of Wake Forest’s celebration of 100
seasons of basketball.