White Notches 18 Points in The Citadel's Hard Fought Loss to Wake Forest
Winston-Salem, NC -
Coron Williams scored a team-high 12 points, nine of which came in the second half, as Wake Forest earned an 82-54 victory over The Citadel in Thursday night action at Lawrence Joel Veterans Coliseum.
Williams was one of three Demon Deacons (5-0) to reach double figures, joined by Devin Thomas (11 points) and Travis McKie (10). Williams converted 4-of-7 from the field with all but one field goal coming from beyond the arc. He led a Wake Forest unit that finished 28-of-64 (43.8%) from the floor and 9-of-18 from 3-point range.
Wake Forest shuffled 15 players through the rotation and finished with advantages in rebounds (45-34), points in the paint (34-20) and bench points (41-14).
Van Scyoc reached double figures due in large part to his 5-for-5 outing from the free throw line, moving his consecutive made free throw streak to 34. He and Harris (5-9) highlighted a Citadel unit that knocked down 12-of-16 (75%) from the charity stripe.
Four unanswered points to open the second half, including a 3-pointer by Madison Jones, provided the Deacs with a 38-27 advantage in less than one minute of action.
The Dogs quickly answered with conversions by White and Van Scyoc, drawing to within seven, but it was a 9-5 Wake Forest spurt that moved the lead back to double figures, 47-36.
After Koopman hit a jump hook over the Demon Deacons defense that cut the lead to 47-38, Wake Forest responded with an 18-6 run that included three straight 3-pointers by Williams to stretch the lead to 65-44.
Quinton Marshall answered with a trey at the 7:33 mark for the Cadets, putting the lead under 20, but Aaron Rountree singlehandedly gave Wake Forest a 71-47 advantage with six straight points.
The Citadel scored seven points over the final 3:52 of the contest, including a high-arching 3-pointer by Van Scyoc, but it was not enough to halt the Deacons' now 10-game winning streak against the Bulldogs.
The Citadel rebounded from a difficult shooting performance early to close the half by knocking down 10-of-23 (43.5%) from the floor. White led the way for the Bulldogs, knocking down 6-of-7 to finish with 12 points at the half. He highlighted a Citadel team that recorded 10 points in the paint and managed two offensive rebounds.
The Bulldogs also received seven points from Van Scyoc, who knocked down 2-of-4 field goal attempts, including a fadeaway on an inbounds pass. The Citadel took advantage of 10 Wake Forest fouls to finish 6-of-10 from the charity stripe.
Wake Forest answered with a 12-of-33 (36.4%) first half shooting performance, hitting 4-of-8 (50%) from beyond the arc. Miller-McIntyre led the Deacons in scoring with eight points followed by Thomas (seven) and Cavanaugh (six).
WFU used their strength in the post to outmuscle the Dogs on the glass (21-19), giving them a 4-0 edge in second chance points. However, it was eight missed opportunities at the free throw line (6-14) that limited Wake Forest's offense.
The Deacons followed White's opening bucket of the game with a 14-2 run that included baskets from six different players. The 14-point outburst was highlighted by a long distance 3-pointer by Williams and a dunk from McKie.
The Dogs halted the drought with a series of jumpers by Van Scyoc and White to make for a 16-8 affair.
After a pair of Marshall Harris III free throws pulled The Citadel within six, Miles Overton sent home a 3-pointer to provide a WFU with a 19-10 lead.
The resilient Citadel squad continued to attack the basket and behind five points, all from Van Scyoc, the lead was narrowed to 21-17. Robinson answered a Miller-McIntyre 3-pointer with the only trey of the half for the Dogs and following a Harris free throw the Deacons led by only three, 24-21.
Conversions by the inside freshman tandem of White and Koopman kept the Dogs within striking distance, 28-25, but Wake Forest closed the half on a 6-2 run to lead 34-27 at the intermission.
The Bulldogs return to action on Monday, November 25, when they host Montreat College at McAlister Field House at 7:05 p.m.